I'm excited to lead a session on learning basics of conversational French. This class is intended for people who speak no French and are wanting to give it a try. Our language lessons will be interspersed with delicious cultural highlights, intriguing morsels of French history, and triumphs over basic French grammar. No sweat!
To keep us on track and give you some reference material, we'll be using a medley of a phrasebook, videos, worksheets, and practice sessions so our classes will be broken into smaller, manageable segments that offer a chance to learn first and then practice speaking in small groups or pairs as you gain skill and confidence. We'll begin building a bridge between English and French, which is why we're calling this class, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, Fractured Franglais.
Some of the conversational topics we will cover include: introductions, asking for directions, ordering food, along with many other everyday events. This is a no-intimidation zone so bring your southern drawl, your Bostonian, or your Tidewater accent and wade right in.
Did you know that France is the most popular tourist destination and that its famed Louvre Museum in Paris is also the world's most-visited museum? Gastronomically, France excels as having one of the finest cuisines in the world. France produces nearly a billion tons of cheeses yearly with around 1,200 varieties. It is also said that the French consume approximately 20,000 tons of snails annually; in one fun fact, a gentleman was fined for carrying live snails on a high-speed train because he had not purchased a ticket for them.
If discovery and learning excite you then this class is for you. Grab your Berlitz phrasebook, join us, and plan for a light-hearted introduction into the world of speaking French.
About the Instructor:
Dixie Whitman, a former French instructor, dreams of spending her days crisscrossing the USA, visiting military working dog kennels, state and national parks, glorious gardens, and spotting wild herds of animals. Instead, she spends a majority of her days herding cats at home.
When she's not herding cats or plotting travels, Dixie designs her butterfly garden, enjoys her bluebird trail, pursues photography, and enjoys time with friends. She shares her home turf with Jerry, her talented hubby, and the cats who keep finding their way to her doorstep.
Dixie has taken several classes with ELM, hopes to give back by teaching, and is excited to continue on this journey.