French - Intermediate
At St.James Church Hall, Norton, postcode WR5 2PS on Thurs at 1400hr.
Leader and Contact: Hilary Wallace
The topics we have studied this year in the French Intermediate group have included: meeting and greeting people, answering invitations, polite ways of asking for help and information, talking about ourselves and our hobbies, families and activities, where we live, asking the way and giving directions, shopping, eating and cooking, travelling by train and air, finding and describing accommodation, and talking about places we’ve visited. We’ve also expressed our opinions about the environment and different lifestyles and we have practised conversations in pairs and written short passages and letters. We have used text book “A Vous la France” a BBC production which contains texts of interviews on radio and television and useful grammar notes and exercises. Although a little outdated the background information on France provides stimulating discussion. We have also used BBC Talk French Grammar and Past-Tense Verbs from the Practise Makes Perfect series by Annie Heminway. We have read and listened to articles by a French journalist on the “OnethinginaFenchDay” website.
We shall continue to study more verbs in past, present and future, pronouns and more ways of linking sentences and talk to one another as far as possible in French. The level we are at now is possibly approaching GCSE. However some members have studied beyond this point in the past and are tackling detailed updated vocabulary use. I try to introduce some fun activities to minimise the risk of falling asleep. (A common third age problem!) We don’t do tests!
We meet in the Beechill room at St James’ Church, Norton, which is very light and pleasant with excellent facilities and has room for up to 20 people so I hope to welcome new people in the next session as well as some familiar faces.
Bonnes vacances et à bientôt!