French Classes

French Classes in Ealing

You don’t have to speak French fluently to join Friends of Marcq – our members are enthusiastic about communicating in French but have varied levels of ability. However if you want to improve your language skills you should join one of the French classes in Ealing run for Friends of Marcq members. These are held under the expert tuition of Dominique Liesse, a native French speaker with many years’ teaching experience.

The classes take place at the Brentham Club off Pitshanger Lane, and at Open Ealing in Ealing Broadway:

Tuesday 10.00 am to 12.00  = Upper Intermediate level (at the Brentham Club)

Friday 1.15 pm to 3.15 pm = Advanced level (at Open Ealing)

Both these classes are full at present, but we are considering introducing further classes at different levels, and you can be put on a waiting list until we have sufficient students to make a new class viable. (please contact Yvonne Little on the number below)

Our classes focus on practising the language in class, with a variety of tasks aimed at exploring new vocabulary and reinforcing learners’ grammar and oral skills. Activities include oral and aural tasks, translation, team working and mini research projects on diverse French topics. Between classes, some work needs to be done at home, to reinforce learning.

The year is divided into three terms of around 11-12 weeks each, with weekday classes that last for 2 hours. Payment is in advance but on a rolling basis: there is no financial penalty for missing a class.

NB Currently we do not teach Beginner’s level French language, but there are opportunities available at Beginner’s level to get started at local colleges; for example Hammersmith and Fulham Adult Learning College, King Street Hammersmith, has a range of French Beginners’ classes.

For more information on our classes, contact Yvonne Little on 020 8567 2955.

“Stage intensif”

In addition to French classes in Ealing, there is also a “stage intensif” held in Marcq every year, usually in March. This has been disrupted by the Covid pandemic, but we hope to be able to restart in 2022. Participants stay with local families and attend classes on three days of the four-day long weekend. As well as socialising with their hosts, there is a final evening of celebrations for course participants and members of Les Amis d’Ealing our French opposite numbers. Similarly, again usually in March and two weeks apart from the “stage intensif”, French participants in the Intensive English weekend are hosted by Friends of Marcq members in London. In this way close friendships have developed over the years between members of the two associations.