Parlons français ensemble!
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This group is suitable for those who can already hold some sort of conversation in French but want to practice to and extend their skills and the range of what they can talk about in French.
The group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday in Month at 10.00am and will require a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 to run. The meetings will be via Zoom (so please check that your device can accommodate Zoom) other communications will be by email.
This group will meet to have conversations in French with the structure of a topic/theme. The leader will guide the topics for the first 3 or 4 sessions (based on getting to know each other by talking about yourself). By the 4th or 5th session we can discuss where the group wants to go from there regarding topics. The U3A philosophy is ‘by the members for the members’ so the leader will be seeing who is ready to volunteer to lead an activity or theme with or without help but certainly with encouragement. The leader envisages other oral work such as quizzes, use of visual aids, podcasts, newspaper and magazine articles…… Learning can and should be enjoyable and fun and U3A groups are ideal for that!
Everyone in the group will have prior knowledge of what a session will involve to prepare for it to be able to fully participate. The leader will endeavour to ensure everyone has the chance to speak as much as they wish.
A French dictionary and notebook and pen or computer equivalent will be useful.
A word from the leader: Bonjour! First, I am not a native French speaker-English is my first language. However, I am fluent in French. I studied it up to degree level as part of my B.Ed (Hons ) degree and have kept up with it by going a lot to France and French speaking countries. In the time I was working I was a teacher in mostly primary schools (very interested in children’s development of language) and for ten years I taught groups of children aged 3-11 French privately- what fun! I’ve also studied Spanish and Italian and (in my forties) Latin - I passed GCSE Latin Grade B!
What’s most important is that I enjoy learning and speaking languages even grammar and word origins etc. I had a ‘light bulb’ moment in 1972 when I went to grammar school and after about a month realised languages were for me (Don’t ask how I was getting on in Chemistry ) Especially I enjoy the pleasure of speaking to native speakers in their own country!
So, you can see I have enthusiasm for French Conversation- I hope you have too or will find it by being in this group.
Please address any queries to the Groups Co-Ordinator and quote Parlons in your message.