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Forever Learning Institute



Languages: French

Un mélange français

$55

with Jerry Gloster, M.A.

Calendar Mar 1, 2021 at 12:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This weekly gathering of Francophiles will provide an opportunity for individuals with some basic French to work on their language skills in an informal setting. Past FLI students of French have coordinated a series of fun learning opportunities for participants from elementary through advanced levels. In-class practice in French conversation will use materials such as French short stories, videos, movies, news articles, poetry, songs, games, or grammar exercises as the focus for each two-week unit. Volunteer leaders will rotate over the course of the semester, so variety is guaranteed. For example, two weeks might be devoted to French folktales from “Contes et légendes du monde francophone” (Vary & Brouillet), another two weeks to grammar exercises in “Discovering French (Rouge)” (Valette & Valette), while another unit might use French literature selections from the “Easy French Reader” (de Roussy de Sales), and so on. No books need to be purchased; electronic scans of the necessary materials will be provided. Students may be asked to view videos or films online via YouTube or via Kanopy (which is available free to St. Joseph County Public Library cardholders).

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Nouns & Adjectives & Other Fun French Stuff

$55

with Jerry Gloster, M.A.

Calendar Mar 2, 2021 at 12:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This class intends to greatly expand the student's vocabulary by looking at a variety of nouns according to themes of everyday life. We will look at everything from the parts of a car, childcare, cooking, outdoor activities,…. We will learn how to color our nouns with a variety of adjectives, learning which precede the noun, which follow, and in those special cases where meaning changes depending on the placement of the adjective. We will review comparison of adjective, and while at it, adverbs, just for the fun of it. We will cover many other aspects of daily life and conversation. Our text will be: The Ultimate French Review and Practice by Stillman & Gordon, McGraw-Hill, 3rd or 4th. ed. Books can be found at Amazon as well as from other booksellers. (A supplementary text, not necessary, but helpful: 6,000+ Essential French Words, Living Language [Random House], 2004.)

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Having Fun with French

$55

with Jerry Gloster, M.A.

Calendar Mar 4, 2021 at 2 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This class is aimed at any students who were in any of my beginning French classes Spring 2020 or Fall 2020 or for any other students who have a rudimentary beginning in French. This class is to help students preserve and continue their learning in French. The text we will be using is: Easy French: Step-by-Step, Mastering High Frequency Grammar for French Proficiency--Fast by Myrna Bell Rochester, McGraw-Hill Education, 2009. Cover price for the pbk ed. is $16.00 but may be found elsewhere cheaper and/or used.

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Ecumenical Lenten Prayer Service in French

Free

with Jerry Gloster, M.A.

Calendar Mar 11, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This event will be for all of our French students and is offered at no charge. Please register to join this prayer service. 

The service will contain prayers, readings from the psalms, and readings from other texts from scripture.  All prayers & readings will be in French. After a reading from one of the Gospels, an opportunity will be given for a short time of sharing where participants can express their personal reflection on the Gospel or on any of the other readings or Psalms.  These reflections may be done in French or English.  

All who have signed up by Mar 4 will be emailed a link to the meeting, as well as copies of all the prayers and reading for the service.  English translation aides will be provided for prayers and psalms, but not for the scriptural readings.  Participants may check their own bibles for needed help with these readings. 

Those who sign up later than mar 4, or do not sign up beforehand may receive a copy of the link by checking FLI FB or may request one from grgloster@hotmail.com. 





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