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If you are not a member of our u3a and would like to join, please click here. Our u3a runs groups covering four languages.  Use the flag buttons below to view details of any that interest you.  If you would like to contact the leader of a particular group, please use the Contact us form. Your enquiry will then be forwarded to the leader of the group in question.

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French

We run the following 4 groups under this heading.


Basic/Improvers

This is a small, friendly group, suitable for people who have studied French a bit in the past – perhaps two to five years when they were at school, and now want to progress so that they can start speaking it when they go to France.  


 New members would be very welcome.   If you are interested, or would simply like more information, 


Current Activity

 We are now three quarters of the way through studying the first book of “Façon de Parler”, and at present are learning and practising the past or Perfect tense, so that students will be able to tell each other what they have been doing during the week or on holiday.  


The group at present only has six members, so we now run face-to-face in the Group Leader's house.   There are no actual restrictions, but people are advised to stay away or have a negative Covid test, if there is any sign or doubt at all that they might have Covid.  We keep at a social distance from each other. If the group increases in size, we would be able to go back to meeting in St Leonard’s Centre, where we were previously.


Intermediate

French Intermediate is for people with a good knowledge of French. We study from a book called Façon de Parler 2. But we also read, translate and converse on various French subjects, particularly, French History. Everyone reads some text and translates or comments on the context of the day. If time allows, we talk about our occupation or outing of the past week. The atmosphere is very relaxed and everyone is encouraged to speak.


Current Activity

We have now returned to face-to-face meetings from October 2021 at St. Leonards Centre. We are reading The Petit Prince, de St Exupery and some French grammar revision.


Conversation

Our group,  which has been running for over 10 years, holds conversation in French on a variety of subjects, not just Covid, that interests all members and our everyday lives - and discussions about all things French. Convesation with varying degrees of ability and seriousness -  and often humour as well.


Current Activity

We continue to meet regularly every Tuesday morning via Zoom for now, with general conversation, ranging from national issues to personal issues, with long standing members of our group. All in French and often with humour built up over the years, with members knowing each other well now. A summary is sent to all members after the meeting with new words and phrases that have come up during the two 45 minute sessions we have - with a "pause- café" in between. 


We planned to meet up for a new year meal at Côte Brasserie in January, but  postponed this to Spring.


French Advanced

The Advanced Group, taken by Liliane, who is French, is for people with a good knowledge of French who wish to read, write and converse in the language as well as learn about current events in France. There are currently 16 members in the group who meet once a week for 2 hours at the St Leonard’s Centre during term time.


Current Activity

Our Group returned to face-to-face meetings from September 13th 2021, at the St Leonard’s Centre, with 2 hourly sessions. Liliane sends reading material, usually based on current affairs or famous French people / places/ events, accompanied by questions for the group to prepare ahead of each meeting.  The meeting themselves consist of general conversation between the members, discussion of current world and French news, presentations and guided reading. The group members are proactive and take it in turn to present topics which interest them and are not afraid to step in when Liliane is absent.


Venues

St. Leonard’s Centre, Rectory Road, Oakley, RG23 7ED (Basic)

Zoom (Conversation) 

Oakley Methodist Church, Hill Road, RG23 7HR (Higher)

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Group Convenor's house (French Basic/Improvers)


Dates

Every Monday (Intermediate, Advanced)

Every Tuesday (Basic/Improvers, Conversation)


Times:

10:00 - 12:00 (Intermediate, Advanced, Conversation)

9.45 - 11:15 (Basic/Improvers)

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