French Groups

Co-ordinator Janet Erskine

During the lockdown when we can't meet chez moi, we have been meeting via Zoom and keeping in touch.  It's still possible to join us as the Beginners Group is starting again.  Otherwise I'm sure you'd fit into one of the other two groups.  All three groups are small and friendly.  We have fun.

There are now 3 French groups: Beginners', Intermediate, and Conversation which meet on the first and third Mondays of the month at 13:30.  The Conversation group meets on an irregular basis.

The beginners learn how to shop, visit restaurants and find their way around a town so they can survive on holiday or refresh their rusty knowledge of French. Later they'll learn how to talk about themselves and their experiences. We are using "À Vous La France", a BBC publication. This hasn't been updated or replaced by the BBC, which is a pity but it still has all that is needed. The books can be bought second-hand and cheaply at Amazon or other sites on-line. You might be lucky and come across the tapes. Some dialogues from the book had originally on TV can be found on You-tube.

The Intermediate group are using France Extra! and/or Façon de Parler, by Aries and Debney.  Pub, Hodder and Stoughton as a basis for more practice

The conversation group meets up when all members are available. We sometimes look at certain areas of French grammar, increase vocabulary and idioms by listeniung to the French news, by reading about topics of interest and prepare at home as well as talking about "what's on top"; their activities, their appreciation of books or their plans.  

Mostly we have a pleasant and interesting time in all three groups and even laugh!

When we can we meet in my house or Zoom our meetings.  All groups are small so there's room for more.

Janet Erskine.

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