French for Beginners

Tuesdays, 10 am – 12 noon, Mulgrave room.

Have you never done any French or only vaguely remember those lessons in school? You love the sound of French speakers though? Maybe you once struggled in France with a phrase book for tourists and asked for two glasses of wine but were served something quite different? This course is for you. We aim at getting a bit of that real French sound, knowing some basic French and some basic conversation mixed with a smidgen of French culture. Alors, allez, c’est parti! I am Rigo Van Meer. I’m Dutch, I love languages and a long time ago I lived for some time in Paris.

French Advanced

Thursdays 10.00 am – 12.00 pm, Dolphin Room.

 Numbers are strictly limited. Please contact the tutor or convener to book.

We are not a regular class since we do not teach French but assume that those who come along already have some knowledge of the language. Nor do we expect our participants to be fluent, merely to have an interest in expanding their understanding – lapses into ‘Franglaise’ are readily forgiven.

We have a low-impact structure in that we begin with half an hour of sentence translation highlighting some key-notes of grammar. Then each member of the class discusses their ‘mot du jour’ – some word or phrase that they personally find interesting. This usually takes us up to tea break and after that we each give a little commentary or story regarding a film we have seen, a place we have visited or an activity we have participated in – or anything really!

Comments and questions welcomed.

Occasionally we get to watch a short video or listen to a brief discourse on French culture, places or customs; always a treat and a challenge to our comprehension of the spoken word.

Italian Beginners

Wednesdays, 2.30 – 3.30pm, Scott room.

Vacancies available and all are welcome.

Italian Advanced

Tuesdays 9.30 – 11.30 am, Scott Room.

Numbers will be strictly limited. Please contact the tutor or convener to book.

The Italian Intermediate course is for people who have completed some study of, or who have some experience of the Italian language.  The approach is as far as possible a communicative one i.e to increase knowledge of and become confident in the spoken, listening and reading comprehension of the Italian language and to also to gain an understanding of how the language works.  Topics will include:

  • a revision of greetings and identifying oneself and others
  • getting around in one’s environment
  • shops; expressing likes/dislikes;
  • asking and giving information, etc.

Your teacher is a Queensland Registered teacher with over 30 years of Italian teaching experience with a passion for the Italian language and culture.