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Learning a new language at any stage of adulthood, old age included, is extremely good for improving and maintaining the memory generally.

"Because it requires intense focus, studying a new language turns on the control system for plasticity and keeps it in good shape for laying down sharp memories of all kinds. You will gradually sharpen everything up again, and that will be very highly benefical to you." 
    From "The Brain That Changes Itself" (Author: Merzenich)

Thank you for showing an interest in our courses.

Read on to see details of the prerequisites required for each of our various class levels.

Whether you be a 'real beginner' or you already have some knowledge of French and you decide to choose to join one of our classes, you will be encouraged - 'coached' - to develop and use the 4 essential skills involved in the learning and being able to use a language:

Oral skills:

  •     Being able to understand spoken French
  •     Being able to communicate in French, to make yourself understood orally

Written skills:

  •     Being able to understand written French
  •     Being able to write in French, to make yourself understood in writing

These skills imply using grammar and vocabulary. Neither are systematically taught as such. On the contrary, learners are 'led' to need and use them both in an active, interactive, relaxed and enjoyable way.

You will also get to know or know more about the civilisation of French-speaking countries and French-speaking people's idiosyncrasies.

Our tuition is in strict accordance with the 'Language European Common Reference Frame' (CERF: Cadre Européen de Référence pour les langues). See Table 3 p.26-27 of The Common European Framework of Reference For Languages.

The CERF advocates for task-focused learning, ongoing assessment, self-assessment and the awareness of the plurality of languages and cultures.

On the following pages you will find descriptions of the prerequisites for our various class levels. Please note that the levels for some of the classes currently being offered are marked with an asterisk. Read the information for each level to assist you to decide the course most suitable for you.

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Upcoming Events

🎞️  Wednesday 8th May (3.30pm): Café du Coin at Lismore's Starcourt Theatre.  Watch Anatomy of a Fall, followed by a chat and nibbles in the cinema's Gatsby Bar.  Buy your own drinks (nibbles provided by AFCDN - gold coin donation, please).

🤔 Saturday 18th May (10.00am): French Scrabble at Cherry Street Sports Club at 68 Cherry Street, Ballina.  For further information, email Patricia

🤔 Saturday 1st June (10.00am): French Scrabble at Cherry Street Sports Club at 68 Cherry Street, Ballina.  For further information, email Patricia

🎶 Saturday 22nd June (11.00am): Fête de la Musique at the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens. BYO picnic, drinks, chairs, rug and enjoy music played in the eucalypt forest.  Guided walk in French at 11 am; picnic at 12pm. Teas and coffee provided.

👩‍🎓 Monday 1st July: Term 2 French classes conclude this week. 

👩‍🎓 Monday 29th July: Term 3 French classes commence this week.

🎞️  12th to 14th July: Mini French Film Festival at Lismore's Starcourt Theatre.  Details to follow.