French Conversation

 

This group started in 2011 with the aim of enabling members to practise and improve their spoken French in a friendly environment.

It is positioned as ‘intermediate’ level, meaning that we assume a reasonable basic knowledge, though this may have been learnt many years ago. Most participants have something approaching ‘A’ level in French from school; very few have more than that and some have less but have sought to use French in the meantime. We do all need help, and therefore have a native French teacher, who guides, encourages and corrects us as necessary and also provides or suggests materials for discussion. Some topics are pre-arranged, enabling preparation of thoughts and vocabulary. The aim is, however, to stimulate conversation.

The group usually meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, arranged into 3 ‘terms’ with a break in August. Sessions last for 2 hours, from 12.45 to 14.45, and are held in the Robinson Room of the Seven Stars pub in Dinton (whose manager is also conveniently French). Coffee or tea can be purchased at half-time if required. In addition, at the end of the summer and pre-Christmas terms, we use the session for a full lunch in the Seven Stars dining room (in French of course).

Many of the participants have been with us from the start and we all enjoy each other’s company, even when expressing opposing opinions on controversial subjects. But we also welcome and encourage new members and are friendly and forgiving of each other’s mistakes and hesitation. Most importantly, we find that we gain enormously in confidence, simply by using the language in a ‘safe’ environment.

As we have a paid teacher, we do need to make a charge, usually £35 for a term of 6 2-hour sessions. (This may sometimes vary depending on membership numbers; we try to maintain a maximum of 12 people).

If you would like to know more, please contact Paul Dickinson on 01844 215140 or paul.dickinson2007@btinternet.com

Costs

There is currently a charge of  £35 for a complete term of 6 sessions.

 

Next Events

Group Meeting 14 Jan 2019 tbc 12.45 - 14.45 hrs Seven Stars, Dinton
Group Meeting 28 Jan 2019 tbc 12.45 - 14.45 hrs Seven Stars, Dinton
Group Meeting 4 Feb 2019 tbc 12.45 - 14.45 hrs Seven Stars, Dinton
Group Meeting 25 Feb 2019 tbc 12.45 - 14.45 hrs Seven Stars, Dinton
Group Meeting 11 Mar 2019 tbc 12.45 - 14.45 hrs Seven Stars, Dinton
Group Meeting 25 Mar 2019 tbc 12.45 - 14.45 hrs Seven Stars, Dinton

 

 

Group Notices

 

 

Joining the Group

If you wish to join us, please contact: 

Paul Dickinson on 01844 215140 or paul.dickinson2007@btinternet.com