Conversation Circles

Centre francophone Hamilton coordinates conversation circles for anyone who wants to improve their French.

What? We offer 1-hour conversation circles every week for 3 level groups. We limit the number of people in each group to 10 people.

Where and When?

All-theme circles (for children) 🛝 :

  • Ages 4 to 8: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Kenilworth library) – First circle January 6, 2024

All-theme circles (for adults) 📖 :

  • Extreme beginner level: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (TerryBerry library) – First circle, January 6th, 2024
  • Beginner/Intermediate level: Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Waterdown library) – First circle, November 6th, 2023
  • Beginner/Intermediate level: every two weeks on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Saltfleet library) – First circle, January 6th, 2024
  • Beginner/Intermediate level: Tuesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (Westdale library)
  • All levels: Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Central library)
  • All levels: Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Collège Boréal)

By theme circles (for adults):

  • Intermediate level: every two weeks on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Art Gallery of Hamilton) 🎨
  • Intermediate/advanced level: Every three weeks on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Dundas Museum and Archives)📜

On Zoom circles (for adults) 🖥️ :

  • Beginner/Intermediate: Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (on zoom)
  • Intermediate/advanced level: Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (on zoom)
  • Advanced level: Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (on zoom)

Go see our calendar for more details!

How to register? Via this form!

What is your level? Here is a breakdown from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

C2Can understand ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
C1Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
B2Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
B1Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.  Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
A2Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.  Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
A1Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

New website to help you improve your French!

Discover our new interactive website; it allows you to read and talk about different topics, according to your level of French, to share your favorite French books, movies, song series and podcasts in our Forum; and to realize your francophile community is just a click away! English description in the video: 06:03 to 11:59. An initiative by Centre francophone Hamilton funded by Canadian Heritage.

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Volunteer to lead French conversation circles!

To apply, click here !