French Group programme

The information regarding David Ward’s French Groups is incorrect in the current Newsletter. please note the following correction. Ed.

French group plans for November +  December 2015 and January 2016: Continue reading


French Groups

French Groups plans for September / October 2015
Monday Group

Starting on September 14th this group will transfer to St Georges Roman Catholic social club in Station Road. They are keen to offer us accommodation in the club lounge. Members will probably have plenty of summer holiday experiences to share. That will mean skilful use of different tenses relevant to actions carried out or choices people would have made if circumstances had been different. So come back please refreshed with a selection of grammatical structures! Continue reading

Modern France

The new course on Modern France continues  Tuesdays fortiightly 14:30 – 16.30 meeting in Kensington House, Station Road, Maghull.

One meeting only in December on 4th when we will have an overview appreciation of French Regional Development policy up to the mid 1980s.
Just one meeting in January on 22nd when we will examine which sections of Part 6 of Ardagh’s Modern France members wish to study. Family patterns, leisure and religion are possible main areas. David Ward.

FRENCH GROUPS, Language and History

From Tuesday September 11 we will be starting a new course entitled “Modern France”, but in English, at Kensington House, Station Road, starting time 2.30 p.m.   The new group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month.   This will replace the French Political History course that has been running at St. Peter’s church for some years.   The title “MODERN FRANCE” could cover practically anything that happens across the Channel.   We will start with regional differences (Paris and the French provinces), social and cultural trends, the political system, economic modernisation, ideas that have shaped French patterns of thought and France’s involvement in European unification.  Whatever aspect of post-war French life you might like to explore, we will encourage you to do.  So if you love France and want to share some of her qualities with friends, come along to Kensington House on September 11 for the first exploratory meeting.   The venue is comfortable and you could make it exciting!  Try to get John Ardagh’s superb book, “FRANCE TODAY” by Penguin.  Very cheap but you won’t put it down once you start.

Language Courses

The Monday group will resume sessions in Kensington House 2.00-4.00 p.m. on September 10.   On present plans we will meet on each of the remaining Mondays in September, although not on October 1st.  We are looking forward to hearing (in French!) members’ summer holiday experiences.   That should supply a lot of thematic material to be exploited in taught sessions.   Thereafter we will continue to use “French Grammar in Context” by Margaret Jubb & Annie Rouxeville.

The Wednesday group will resume meetings at Hudson Primary School, Moorhey Road, on September 12 from 2.00-4.00 p.m.  We also expect to meet on September 26.  No meeting planned for September 19 because of a “rival” focus on French life at Liverpool University that afternoon.  Let me know if you’d like to learn more!   Again, as for the Monday group, there should be lots of summer holiday news for us to share in even better French than before our summer break.

David Ward, tel: 526-5071

French Political History

Meetings scheduled for Tuesday June 12 and June 26 at 3.30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Moorhey Road.  Naturally recent significant political changes in France will influence what we discuss.   We will look at the framework of constitutional rules in the modern 5th Republic as opposed to those that applied in the earlier 3rd and 4th Republics.  It will be interesting to study the results of the general legislative elections scheduled for June following the election of François Hollande to the Presidency



French Political History -Blaise Pascal

14th & 28th February 2012

Blaise Pascal

These two sessions focus on the ideas and doctrines of the17th century philosopher Blaise Pascal, a significantly different figure from René Descartes whom we studied in detail last year. Members should revise what we learned about Descartes’ ideas first and try to find out something about what made Pascal so special before we start on February 14th.