Due to COVID-19, classes are currently held via SKYPE.
New members are welcome.
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.
||6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
This class requires some French grammar and conversational background.
We are using a reader chapter book, provided in class, interspersed with
continuing grammar lessons. Spontaneous conversation is encouraged,
although this class is not conducted all in French.
||11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The focus of 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 spontaneous. Some grammar is discussed, but that is
not the focus of this class. A good grasp of conversation is required.
||7 - 8:30 p.m.
Practical and spontaneous conversations are an important part of
this class, with 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 adventures that they share. French is only spoken in this
||7 - 8:30 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
||7 - 8:30 pm
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 in a
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!
Our Tuesday morning conversation sessions have been such fun, covering an incredible range of topics,
and definitely have helped improve my self-confidence and motivate me to continue speaking French!
-- Nicky - Alamo
Merci Sara, pour votre patience et bonne humeur avec notre classe. Tout le monde passe une soirée très agréable avec vous!
-- Elizabeth B. – Diablo
I have been taking French lessons with Sara Villat for over 6 years. Not only have I enjoyed learning the French
language, but having Sara as my teacher has made the whole learning experience a delight. She has a wonderful smile
and her love of France is contagious. Merci beaucoup, Sara!
-- Susan P. - Diablo