Tynedale

French Conversation

Convenor: Marshall Tel: 01434 633 401

We meet at 12.00 noon in members' houses on the third Tuesday of every month, apart from August and December.

The host provides material of her/his choice for reading, comprehension and discussion. The topic varies. Very often it is literary, but we also like to consider the historical, cultural and social aspects of France and French life.

Recent literary material has included the tale of a gentleman burglar suffering pangs of honesty (Marcel Ayme), Racine's classic tragedy "Phedre", and Maupassant's tale of peasant intrigue, "La ficelle".

The French press has provided us with articles on anything from "Sarko" scandals to the history of the TomTom GPS. We have considered women's role in Libya, as elaborated by Colonel Quadafi in his "Petit livre vert".

The level is intermediate (closer to "A" than to "O" level) but the atmosphere is relaxed and, although active participation is encouraged, we like to think of the meetings as social occasions. Sessions last for two hours. The first hour is devoted to the activities described above, the second to sharing lunch, when conversation continues to be made in French until the stroke of 2.00 pm.

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