Welcome to Language For Fun!

Lovely, lively French language classes for grown ups in North Essex
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Lessons are:
- social and fun
- designed to build your confidence and get you talking in French right away
- in small groups (usually of about 6 - 8) to ensure everyone gets the support they need to make good progress
- created specifically for adult learners with topics relevant to the language lover, the holiday-maker, the business learner or the second home owner
- affordable and sustainable: our programme could take you from absolute beginner through every stage to advanced level should you wish !

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We don't:
- work for any exams
- have any compulsory homework
- put anyone on the spot
- require you to purchase anything in addition to the termly fee
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Our Language Classes

Beginners French

For the true beginner with absolutely no or long since forgotten French. Start with 1, 2, 3 and a, b, c. Learn how to roll your rrrrs and the difference between "le" and "la". Find out the similarities and differences between the French and English languages and about life in France. Build up quickly in confidence to short conversations about yourself or at the grocery store.
NEW FROM SEPTEMBER: Monday mornings at 10.45 am

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Beginners Plus French

Not strictly speaking an absolute Beginner? Feeling a little rusty and maybe not quite ready for the different tenses and more challenging conversations at Improver level ? Know most of your numbers and can have a basic conversation in French ? This is the course for you. Here we focus on communicating a more detailed message; on accuracy; on asking questions to find out more and then (crucially) understanding the answer. All within the context of talking about yourself and daily life in France and on topics such a navigating around town or booking holiday excursions.
Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm, Wednesday mornings at 9.45 am and Thursday mornings at 9.45am

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Improvers French

Best suited to learners with a secure grasp of the key aspects of the language (eg: masculine and feminine; present tense; agreement) who can comfortably hold a straightforward conversation in reasonably accurate French. Here you can develop your understanding of the different tenses and expand through this what you can talk about significantly. We work on accuracy of those little words; on increasing spoken speed; on pronunciation and of course, on confidence when speaking . All within the context of talking about yourself and daily life in France.
Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm

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Improvers Plus French

These fast paced classes are for learners who can converse across a range of tenses in French and who are now looking for greater depth and breadth on everyday topics. Here your spoken ability can bloom as we look at colloquialisms and slang alongside less run of the mill vocabulary. We work to near normal spoken speed; primarily in French; on accuracy with tenses; on questioning effectively. All within the context of talking about yourself, about daily life in France and about topics of current interest.
Monday evenings at 7.30pm and Tuesday mornings at 9.45 am

Term Dates

Language for Fun in North Essex's Summer term 2018 is now done and dusted and what a term it was ! We couldn't be more swollen with pride at all that our lovely learners have achieved (or perhaps that is all the cake we have eaten !) In the Autumn, we recommence classes the week of 24th September 2018 through to the week of 3rd December 2018 with again, a one week break for half term the week of 22nd October and WE CANNOT WAIT !
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If you are interested in learning with us from September (or even into 2019), please get in touch with your requirements. We would encourage you to pay us a visit in advance of signing up to see if we offer what you are looking for and whether you like our cake -absolutely crucial for learning a language !

Our Teachers

Whether you're wanting to learn French to better communicate when on holiday; for business purposes; for a move abroad or for the pure pleasure of it, I'm keen to meet your needs. With a degree in French, German and Spanish; university qualifications gained in France and Spain; a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and over 20 years experience in education both as a secondary teacher and trainer of adult learners, I reckon I know my stuff ! I'm passionate about all things French and Francophone plus having learned several of them, I know how fantastically rewarding learning a language can be - especially when it's made fun (which I hope I manage to do as I have loads of fun teaching my classes) and no matter what your age (we've learners from 18 - 89 but don't stop there !)

Social Events

Every lesson is pretty sociable but there's also an optional termly social event for our learners - maybe a French games night, a French film night or a meal out together.
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Our next social event is "Une soiree de loto" (a bingo evening) at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th September at Fowlers Farm pub. Practice your numbers in French and get to grips with some typical French bingo calls: 22 is the same in English and French "les deux petits canards" but find out, for example why 33 = le docteur or 18 = les pompiers. Advanced booking essential (please)
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Also open to current, former and interested learners are Pay What You Want holiday sessions to meet up and practice our French in a relaxed way between the 10 week terms. Coming up in early September before term starts we are offering the following (subject to sufficient numbers):
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11th September @ 7.30pm for Beginners Plus - those pesky little words in French and how to learn them.
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13th September @ 9.45am for Improvers - broaden your vocabulary and practice your questioning and discussion skills using an article from a French newspaper or magazine
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18th September @ 7.30pm - Rude French - for all levels but NOT for the easily offended, learn how to swear like a true French person !
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20th September @ 9.45am - for all levels - 'phone French - practise the French you need for talking on the 'phone

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And why not "like" our Facebook page to get the latest news about our social events, about our free holiday sessions and to find out what special offers we have on ?
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INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ?
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Don't hesitate to give me a call anytime for an informal chat about how it all works or to arrange to see a current class in action. #trybeforeyoubuy
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BUT IF I GET IN TOUCH WILL YOU THEN BOMBARD ME WITH UNWANTED COMMUNICATION ?
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No, we won't ! Language for Fun in North Essex values your time and privacy highly. We don't want to bother you with emails you don't want to read or texts you don't want to receive. And we always treat your personal details with the utmost care, using them to keep you informed of upcoming events, classes and special offers that we consider to be of interest to you. To see a copy of our PRIVACY POLICY in full, click here.

Locations

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Classes are held at Marks Farm, very near both the Tescos off the A120 Marks Farm roundabout and the Marks Farm community centre.
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There is plenty of free street parking available right outside and the venue and lessons can be adapted for learners with additional needs - just get in touch to discuss how best to do this.

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Classes are held at Marks Farm, very near both the Tescos off the A120 Marks Farm roundabout and the Marks Farm community centre.
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There is plenty of free street parking available right outside and the venue and lessons can be adapted for learners with additional needs - just get in touch to discuss how best to do this.

Pricing

Number of lessonsClass durationPrice
A term consists of 10 weekly lessons with a one week break for half term 75-ish minutes per week- depending upon how much fun we are having ! Including all learning materials, tea or coffee (and sometimes even a cheeky verre de vin) and yummy homemade cake: £140 per term
One to One classes The duration, frequency and learning in a one to one class is personalised to you, eg: an aspect of grammar; general conversation to maintain momentum; an outing to a place of interest to stimulate discussion. You decide ! If you are already learning with Language for Fun: £25 per hour; for new learners: £30 per hour including all preparation

Please note all classes are payable per term in advance and are subject to conditions (copies upon request). This should be white. Check out our Facebook page for current special offers.

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