The Italian Conversation class meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month
at 5p.m. Our next meeting is 1st March. In our monthly class our express aim is to
stimulate lively discussion among the members about everyday matters, enhance vocabulary
and knowledge of the Italian language,improve listening skills and to make each session
as pleasurable and interesting as possible. Apart from conversation we have fun with
quizzes, games and role play.
At our Christmas meeting I dressed up as Babbo Natale(Father Christmas) and my fellow
coordinator/facilitator Rosie Clarke dressed up as Mamma Natale(Mother Christmas)
to ask class members which presents they would like.
This class continues on Tuesday afternoons at the Jennyfield centre. We welcome
new members at any time during the term. Sandra the instructor has been with us
for nearly three years and she manages to keep us fittish despite Christmas puddings!
As usual we are planning our Annual lunch at the beginning of April. Cancel all
holidays to be there! Contact Val Cooke for more information email:
Reading For Pleasure
This will be our 18th year. Are we catching up with “The Mousetrap”?
We have had another interesting and lively year, during which time we have read a
large and varied selection of books, which have been discussed thoroughly and we
are not afraid to give an honest opinion about them
We tried two new ventures this year. I gave each member a voting paper at the end
of each meeting, which asked them to give the book, marks out of ten for characters,
plot, literary merit, and readability. I counted the scores up at the end of our
year, taking into account that the numbers of members varied at each meeting. The
book which came top in 2010 was “The Deaf Sentence” by David Lodge.
Another suggestion that we tried was for each member to bring a book in a paper cover,
to be swopped, read by the recipient and then discussed at the meeting in June. This
was very successful, as many of us discovered new authors and books to add to our
ever growing collection of books to read. Both of these new ventures were a great
success, and we are going to repeat them again this year.