We have Five French Groups at different stages of learning

French Circle 1

Meets: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the Month

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

We are a friendly group who meet around the table to use our spoken French.   Members recount their activities, interests and sometimes discuss newspaper articles.  The last part of the meeting is often dedicated to reading text. A bit of translation into English goes on here just to confirm understanding, but most of the meeting is French only!

We don’t teach the language but we give people the space and confidence to use what they know.

French Circle 2 Advanced

Meets: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the Month

Time: 14:30 – 16:30

Aims: to give members the opportunity to maintain or restore a high level of fluency in spoken French.
Suitable for members who are already fluent in spoken French or want to revive their former fluency. They may have gained this language skill through living for several years in France or in a French-speaking country or in a group where French is the everyday language of communication.
Our aim is not to deal with problems of grammar (but we shan’t shirk these if necessary). It is to maintain our fluency in everyday conversation in general topics and everything under the sun. Sometimes this will bring in specialist areas and there we will help each other out to try to fill the unavoidable gaps in our vocabulary, it’s impossible to be bi-lingual in all areas, and for some topics our knowledge of the French relevant specialist vocabulary and technical terms may even be stronger than our English! In these cases we may have to resort to some English!
Our method is to speak. We’re still feeling our way towards organising ourselves as a group and for the moment we do read a little as well using a French text on which we can base some of our discussion.
Native French-speakers with poor English are very welcome. And the poorer their English the better for the rest of us!


French Conversation 1

Meets: 2nd & 4th Monday of the Month

Time: 10:00 – 11:30

We are a small, friendly conversation group, sharing ideas, experiences, vocabulary and fun  all in French.   Our discussions spring from newspaper and magazine articles in addition to offerings and personal accounts from members gathered on trips to France. We also use various internet articles.
Topics vary considerably ranging from The Olympics to French road works, The Legion dHonneur to English bathrooms!
We also use games and celebrations to encourage us to speak French. Use it or lose it!


French Conversation 2

Meets: Tuesdays at fortnightly intervals.

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

A well-established group currently with ten members, the maximum we have room for at our venues.At each meeting we usually start with talking about what we have done since the last meeting, then maybe read from and discuss a French document or view a short video, e.g. on youtube, or any other topic that generates discussion.


French Improvers

Meets: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the Month

Time: 14:30 – 16:30

We are a group of eight whose aim is to brush up our rusty French. We want to become more fluent in speaking French when in France and to be able to understand native French speakers without panicking when they speak fast!

As we don’t have a native French speaker among the group we make use of technology to help. By connecting an iPad wirelessly to the television we are able to share the two online dictionaries we use to help develop our vocabulary.

We each prepare a short piece on an agreed subject such as journeys, our favourite meals, or an item of news. This starts conversations and questions flowing.

We also listen via the internet to native French speakers.

We have tried a range of resources over the years but currently have subscribed to News in French Today which gives us the opportunity to listen to reports and conversations about current affairs. We are able to see a transcript on screen and print it off which helps us to explore new expressions. We share the cost of the subscription every three months.

Above all we enjoy ourselves and everyone is improving!