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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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We run the following 4 groups under this heading.


This group is at a level suitable for people who have studied French at school for two to five years, but nothing since. If you are interested, or would simply like more information, please contact Rose directly or send an email to and we will forward it on your behalf. New members are welcome.

Recent Activity

During Lockdown, we studied “Façon de Parler” Book 1. The new French Basic / Improvers Group started on Tuesday, 26 January 2021. Meetings were by Zoom and took place every Tuesday, starting at the same time. 

Forthcoming Activity

The Basic/Improvers Group will return to face-to-face meetings from October 12th 2021 and will be every Tuesday on term-time from 9.45 to 11.15 at St. Leonards Centre. 


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.

Forthcoming 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.


French Conversation: 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.

Recent Activity: 

We have been meeting via weekly Zoom sessions for a number of months now - with two sessions on Tuesday morning around a "pause-café." There are around twelve regulars amongst a group of fourteen Francophiles and we have come to know each other well and to our surprise like meeting via Zoom. We have also managed a couple of Tuesday morning coffee sessions at a local café to "test out" face-face meetings.

Forthcoming Activity. 

More of the same as we have decided for now to continue with Zoom meetings.

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.

Recent Activity

The Higher group has been meeting weekly via Zoom during lockdown and until the start of this new academic year. Liliane has been sending 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 have consisted 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.

Forthcoming Activity

Our Group is returning to face-to-face meetings from September 13th 2021, at the St Leonard’s Centre . The 2 hourly sessions will follow the pattern outlined above.


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

Zoom (Conversation) 

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

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Every Monday (Intermediate, Advanced)

Every Tuesday (Basic/Improvers, Conversation)


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

9.45 - 11:15 (Basic/Improvers)