Aberdeen

French

French Conversation There are usually 2 French Classes on offer - Intermediate and Advanced. The atmosphere in both is relaxed, supportive and friendly with a good mix of members.

The venue normally is the Northern Arts Club, 8 Bon Accord Square in the centre of Aberdeen. However all formal classes have ceased and classes will meet VIRTUALLY using ZOOM until further notice. A risk assessment will be carried out in the next few weeks to see if a face to face class can recommence.

PROSPECTIVE CLASS MEMBERS

FORMAT

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. David Craig will meantime coordinate the Intermediate and Advanced Classes.

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.

COSTS

Class fees are normally payable per term - £12 for Intermediate, £18 for Advanced. There are 2 terms per year.
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.

Term 1 Sept 2021 -Jan 2022
Term 2 Feb 2022-June 2022

TERM 1 DATES:
Sept 13 and 27
Oct 11 and 25
Nov 8 and 22
Dec 13 --
Jan 10 and 24

INTERMEDIATE CLASS

The Intermediate class will continue to meet virtually on 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 David when you are available to share this responsibility.

This class meets for 1 hour from 1300 to 1400 hrs.

ADVANCED CLASS

The Advanced group will continue to meet virtually on Zoom until a formal face to face class can resume.

Volunteers are requested to help host these sessions. Please advise David when you can help. This class meets for 90 minutes from 14.15 to 15.45 hours.

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.

DISCUSSION IDEAS

- 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 ...
- Has anyone else been thinking ...
- Has this ever happened to you...
- A friend of mine ...
- It's driving me nuts that ...

GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION

1. INTERMEDIATE CLASS

Please note that the course book for the 2021-2022 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 class.

GENERAL

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:

- Petit Nicolas videos on You Tube for your amusement

- podcasts in French on www.joinusinfrance.com, French together.com

- lawlessfrench.com (see link opposite) to practice your listening skills. Coffee break languages - French

- 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) 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.

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