10-minutes speaker Marie-Chantal Lugg – French tuition
Marie-Chantal is a freelance French teacher, lecturer and course organiser. She has a degree from the Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille lll and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Bristol.
To start the presentation this morning she asked all of us to think of a French word to share later with the rest of the group.
Groups of 4 to 7 participants is organised around 5 different levels. Lessons are based on the recommendations of the CECR (Cadre Européen Commun de Référence pour les Langues).
You learn how to talk about yourself, your family, where you live, what you like to do and useful holiday French.
At post-beginner and advanced levels you learn to express yourself, to say what you did, will do or would do, you learn to express your opinion about typical and current topics.
As a linguist Marie-Chantal teaches you not just the vocabulary, not just to repeat the words or patterns “like parrots” but the grammar, the tools that will enable you to create your own language.
Students find that this is an opportunity to participate in conversation and discussions in a friendly and objective environment.
A sense of humour is required and adds to the fun of learning!
Tête à Tête, individual lessons
The demand for one to one tuition has increased greatly in the last year. At the moment Marie-Chantal teaches 12 students all working at different levels, from post-beginner to advanced levels. They come from all over Dorset.
One student from the local secondary school attends lessons once a week to prepare for the A’ Levels exam.
Marie-Chantal is a dedicated French teacher : “I never stop planning and preparing lessons. I think about my students interests and requirements for learning French for business or leisure all the time. I am always reading and gathering information for the lessons. I choose novels, poems and articles to read and study, I watch French TV and read French news every day. I share my interest in French culture, society and the arts. I take great joy and pride in my sharing and teaching”.
Le Club – Pause Café
Once a month Marie-Chantal organises Le Club – Pause Café. No books, no pen, no paper. You speak French, converse and chat around a cup of coffee and a croissant or pain au chocolat. Last year she organised and taught an intensive course in France in the Dordogne, near Bergerac. This year she is planning lessons in Dijon in Burgundy during the summer months.
Oh by the way, here are some of the French words chosen by the group to start the day : bonjour, merci, je t’aime, garçon, café, camembert, lingerie, jardin, oui, croissant …