French Advanced Conversation is a friendly group of people who have a thorough grasp of the French language but who wish to become more fluent in speaking. We can read and write French but improving our conversational skills is the aim of our group. The meetings take place in members’ homes and start at 2.00 p m. The session normally lasts for two and a half hours but frequently exceeds this if we’re especially enjoying ourselves. Tea is served at 4.0 at which point there is usually an explosive outburst of English ! We return to French after tea.
We do not bother with grammar drills nor do we use flipcharts or audio-visual aids — we just sit and talk. Each person brings their favourite dictionary and that is the only equipment we use. There is a strong element of teaching inasmuch as we are continually learning new words and expressions and, when somebody gets stuck, there is always someone who can offer a solution.