Fun Conversational French classes in a relaxed setting. My classes emphasize having fun while learning!
No one likes the drudgery of learning verb tenses and vocabulary by heart, but put into enjoyable
conversational sessions it can actually be pleasant to learn French.
The following classes meet for 5 or 6 weeks, then take a 1 or 2 week break. This schedule continues throughout the year.
||7 - 9 p.m.
This class requires some French grammar and conversational background. Using the book French
Made Simple, we read and discuss the chapters and write brief dictées. Students are encouraged
to bring in "show and tell" items relating to the current chapter to promote conversation, and
spontaneous conversation is encouraged, although this class is not conducted all in French.
||11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Their focus in this class is conversation, and
each week a different subject is presented. The class is conducted almost exclusively in
French. Our topics are varied and often spontaneous. Some grammar is discussed each
week, but that is not the focus of this class. This group enjoys the learning process and
there is a lot of laughter. We also break at noon for a great selection of various goodies, some homemade,
for our "gouter".
||7 - 9 p.m.
Practical and fun conversations are an important part of this class as different topics are
discussed weekly. We work on grammar and conversation relative to short stories that we read.
The book Grammaire Progressive du Français is used periodically. Group members travel a lot
and our topics relate to those stories. French is only spoken in this class.
||7 - 9 p.m.
This class is conducted all in French. A variety of topics are discussed each week while continuing
to work on grammar as they relate to the conversations. We are continuing to work from the
book Grammaire Progressive du Français. There are many stories to share as group members
|Meets 1-2 Thursdays per month from 7-9 pm. Contact Sara for details.
This group is for fluent speakers. If you have a good command of French and just want an
evening of fun conversation, then this is the ideal setting for you to keep up your French. We
discuss any and all subjects, read various articles or short stories, and items are brought in to
spice up the conversations.
The key to all of these groups is the laughter that is generated by everyone who attends, and a relaxed
setting which makes the learning process more fun and easier. We occasionally watch French films, to
add to the comprehension part of the language. Each class has a lovely "goûter" break where we enjoy
wine, cheese and desserts, which individuals provide on a weekly basis. Come join us and try out a class
and see what fun you will have ... even while learning French!
Class sessions are held in the evening in my home.
- Who: Anyone!
- What: French Classes
- When: Various times and days
- Where: Pleasant Hill, California
- Why: Because it's fun!
What they are saying!
I enjoy the creative exercises that Sara has us do, such as the indispensable travel item. Even
though I wasn't prepared, I find it useful practice in speaking and quite fun too! I came home
last night full of the laughter that we all shared. I'd like to do more of these kinds of things.
I love the grammar and vocabulary, but it is the speaking that really tests me and tries my own
patience. I would much rather sit back and not stumble but after all, the point of all of this is to
be able to speak French! Thanks for challenging us and being kind with our efforts.
-- Sue P., Moraga (Monday class)
Something is happening in our class and I am surprised, pleased and excited all at once. The
classes have had a palpable change in the level of participation - a noticeable increase in energy
and a lot more willingness to talk about the homework exercises and share different ways of
answering the questions. You have fostered this and encouraged us all. On Wednesday, no one
complained about the dictée. Thank you!
-- Dan Lamey, Lafayette (Wednesday class)
I want to tell you how much I love the class. I was describing it to a friend recently and she
asked, “Is it fun?” I answered, “YES, it’s fun! I wouldn’t be taking it if it wasn’t fun!!”
So “thank you” for being a wonderful host and teacher, and good luck on your trip to France!
-- Susan Greif, Walnut Creek (Monday class)