The venue normally is the Northern Arts Club, 8 Bon Accord Square in the centre of Aberdeen. However, in view of the continuing Covid pandemic, all formal classes have ceased and classes will meet VIRTUALLY using ZOOM until further notice.
PROSPECTIVE CLASS MEMBERS
PLEASE NOTE - Due to the absence of a current class tutor, the classes will continue to be STUDENT LED until further notice.
To share & support this format, a volunteer rota to chair each class is proposed. There are two class co-ordinators - Lizann Carwood for Intermediates and David Craig for Advanced.
There is a class size maximum and both classes fill up fast! Feel free to flag your interest via the email blue bird icon from this page and you will be waitlisted until a vacancy occurs. A once-off free class trial will be offered before making a firm financial commitment. Note, that you must also be a paid up U3A member first to join a class.
Class fees are normally payable per term - £12 for Intermediate, £18 for Advanced. There are 2 terms per year.
NOTE - These term fees have been temporarily withdrawn until formal face-to-face classes have been restored. However, you are still required to pay the general U3A membership annual fee of £10.
These fees are paid direct to the U3A Treasurer using an enrolment form downloadable from the U3A website.
In addition, a £2 per term contribution towards handouts & sundry costs payable direct to the class leader at the start of each term (September & February).
Usually, classes meet formally from September until June, in the afternoons, of the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.
There are 2 terms
- Term 1 Sept-Jan
- Term 2 Feb-June
TERM 1 DATES for Sept20 to Jan 2021
SEPTEMBER - 14 & 28
OCTOBER - 12 & 26
NOVEMBER - 9 & 23
DECEMBER - 14
JANUARY - 11 & 25
The Intermediate class is looking to commence a virtual ZOOM class until more formal face-to-face classes can resume. A rota of volunteers to chair ZOOM sessions will be set up. Please advise Lizann when you are available to share this responsibility.
This class meets for 1 hour from 1300 to 1400 hrs.
The Advanced group will continue to meet virtually on Zoom until a formal class can resume.A virtual class will consist of two x 40 minutes sessions with a 5 - 10 minutes break in between. The first session commences at 14.00 hrs.
Volunteers are requested to help host these sessions. Please advise David when you can help. The ZOOM class chair volunteer advises their contact details for distribution to give access to the ZOOM meeting.
Any last minute changes will be advised via the Whatsapp French class group.
To stimulate ideas for discussion, a list of suggestions is given below. Further ideas are always welcomed.
- Did you see .....
- Have you listened to .... e.g. radio broadcast, podcast,
piece of music..
- You'll never guess what I did last week..
- I had a really strange feeling, frightening, embarrassing
experience recently ...
- the thing I have really missed in lockdown is ...
- I am so glad it is now ok, feels safer, no longer necessary
- Has anyone else been thinking ...
- Has this ever happenned to you...
- A friend of mine ...
- It's driving me nuts that ...
GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION
1. INTERMEDIATE CLASS
This class is suitable for those who attended the
Beginners' class in 2016 - 17 or those who would like to
refresh their competence before moving to an Advanced class.
Please note that the course book for the 2019-20 year is -
Façon de Parler (5th edition) by Angela Ariès &
Dominique Debney, published by John Murray Learning.
2. ADVANCED CLASS
To get the most out of this class, you must already
have a basic understanding of speaking French.
Usually the class includes a brief revision of
grammar, but the emphasis is on reading, listening
and conversing in French on topical news and culture.
We also prepare some thoughts on a topic to share in
Please advise if you will be absent from a class. Use the blue bird icon on this page to send an email. On return to the class, please ask for any missed handouts.
RESOURCES OF INTEREST:
- DVD Library.Please remember to return these.
- Petit Nicolas videos on You Tube for your amusement
- podcasts in French on www.joinusinfrance.com
- lawlessfrench.com (see link opposite) to practice your listening skills.
- French music video clips of Francis Cabrel, Louane, Michel Sardou, Jacques Brel, Guy Béart, Charles Trenet on YouTube music.
- For topical global news in French, have a look at the French Press link opposite - afp.
- For several live French tv channels, try France TV Pro, Les JT de 13 heures on TV1 or France 24. If you have a smart tv, you can access France 24 on channel 271.
- Check out Salianne' s blog of interesting articles from link opposite.
- Some ideas to build up listening skills, look out for French films with sub-titles when these are shown on TV & in local cinemas e.g. The Belmont (see link opposite) or try switching the language setting to french when playing DVD's. Search You tube for french films and other content. Listen to french music on Amazon Prime or other music apps.
Also the Aberdeen branch of the Franco-Scottish Society (see link) hold monthly interesting talks delivered in French. See the details of their current programme on their website.