Le Cercle Français meets every other Wednesday evening in the vicinity of Wayland, Massachusetts (USA) for conversation in French. There is no charge for attending the meetings. Meeting attendees have various levels of proficiency; some are quite fluent, or even native speakers, while others mostly listen. However, no English is spoken, and no lessons are given.
There are no assigned books or pre-determined topics of conversation. We do sometimes attach to the meeting announcement a brief article in French to serve as one of the possible topics of discussion. This allows you to brush up on related vocabulary in advance of the meeting, if you'd like. However, reading the article before the meeting is entirely optional, and consideration of the article will only be one portion of the evening's discussion.
You may attend some sessions and not others. After attending a few sessions, you should be prepared to host the group from time to time, which involves serving light refreshments (although we do have a few members for whom hosting is not possible). The easiest way to find out if you are interested is to attend one or two meetings, with no obligation.
Meetings are scheduled on alternate Wednesdays, from 7:45 to 9:45 PM. On the Wednesday between meetings, an e-mail message is sent out asking who can attend the following week. Then on the Monday before the meeting, a message is sent giving the location, with driving directions (or canceling the meeting, if too few can make it). If a meeting is canceled, the next meeting is held in two weeks (that is, the schedule is not changed, to allow people to plan ahead). However, the schedule may be adjusted around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Click here to jump down to a list of the scheduled dates, below.
If you are interested in learning more about this group, click here to send me e-mail requesting further information. The Spanish conversation group, El Circolo de Habla Hispana, which used to get together on alternate Wednesdays, is no longer meeting.
For a personal recollection of how I came to join this discussion group way back in 1980, see entry #0049 on my blog, entitled Le Cercle Français.
|This page was last updated January 2, 2011|