The group meets monthly in Ealing Broadway (first Friday of the month) for an hour and have coffee and talk French amongst each other. It is open to all abilities, but currently the standard of fluency of the six to eight people who come regularly is fairly high. Any newcomer is encouraged to attend and check out directly whether they feel they can benefit (by simply listening in, or actively engaging).
There is no set format – just a group of friends chatting about holidays, current affairs, and recent books read or films seen. As convenor, I remind people on our mailing list of the next meeting a few days beforehand, and try to keep the baton moving around so everyone gets an opportunity to chat, but otherwise there is little or no formality about the gathering.
Attendance varies so we are rarely fewer than four, or more than eight, which allows for enough to chat about and for us all to get a word in. We are not actively seeking new members, but new people are always welcome. If there were to be an influx of new members at any time, we would be open to breaking into two groups, thus ensuring that the group size remains manageable.
Convener: Maggie Beirne, tel - 020 8567 8417, 07964 763905, or email through the blue bird at the top of the page