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“I like the relaxed and friendly way we are learning French and at the same time enjoying good company. We learn about culture, food, language itself and the first hand experiences of those who live part-time in France. This is more than just a language lesson and I look forward to it every week.”
Brenda Mitchell
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Val Osborne

After a 40 year teaching career in West Yorkshire, 27 years of which was teaching French at the Adult Education Centre in Holmfirth, Val retired in 2007.


Her students, however, would have none of that “retirement nonsense” and persuaded her to continue her classes on a more informal basis. Since then Val has run her own French Conversation Classes in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and without the constraints of any formal assessments or exams.


Her extensive experience shows that there are many reasons why people come to her to learn French, beyond the obvious need to speak to somebody in the language. Equally, what people value from attending her classes is well beyond improvement in their language skill.


Her classes are designed and organised to meet all these diverse needs.

“It’s such a pleasure to learn French with a group of likeminded people under Val’s supportive tutoring.”
Jenny Lewis
“I like the relaxed and friendly way we are learning French and at the same time enjoying good company. We learn about culture, food, language itself and the first hand experiences of those who live part-time in France. This is more than just a language lesson and I look forward to it every week.”
Brenda Mitchell
“All the bad experiences of learning French at school have disappeared thanks to the supportive atmosphere of Val’s classes.”
Jenny Lewis
“I enjoy the French class on a Wednesday morning enormously. Val has helped me so much to gain confidence to speak French to our neighbours in France. The class is so relaxed and very interesting. Most of all they are a really nice set of people”
Sue Hellawell
“My French has improved greatly. I am now able to hold long meaningful discussions with my French neighbours and understand their responses.”
Sheridan Earnshaw
“Val makes learning French fun. She is extremely patient and has a knack of knowing how to encourage her students without putting too much pressure on them. She covers lots of subjects and, all in all, her lessons are very enjoyable and sociable at the same time. Considering I didn’t know a word of French when I first went to Val’s classes – I think she has done a remarkable job!! .”
Jacqui Brown
"When I first went to Val's class I didn't know a word of French, not having studied it at School. The reason I'm at my present level is testimony to Val's teaching. Val creates a relaxed atmosphere in class which I think is beneficial and enjoyable for all."
Margaret Aitken

Classes are held weekly with three options to accommodate different needs, abilities and preferences for attending daytime or evening sessions.

Tuesday:
 6:45 to  8:45 pm

For people with at least 3-4 years of French, roughly post GSCE level, wishing to continue and develop their conversational skills. An ideal option for those who are at work during the daytime.

Wednesday:
10:30 to 12:30 pm

For people who wish to “start over” and gain confidence in using the language.

Thursday:
10:00 to 12:00 pm

Similar to the Tuesday session but catering for those who prefer to come along during the daytime.

Students in all classes are encouraged to learn about the country and its culture as well as using the language in interesting and meaningful ways. The aim is to enhance their overall experience of France and their use of the French language whilst travelling abroad.

“I enjoy the French class on a Wednesday morning enormously. Val has helped me so much to gain confidence to speak French to our neighbours in France. The class is so relaxed and very interesting. Most of all they are a really nice set of people.”
Sue Hellawell

Flexibility in the scheduling of classes and not having to adhere to or commit to normal school terms are recognised as distinct benefits.....

  • Classes are scheduled in advance in blocks of 5
  • Class schedules are decided towards the end of the current block of classes, typically by consensus to reflect the prevailing needs of each group
  • If on an occasion a student cannot attend their normal class, then, subject to the discretion of the Tutor, they can have the option to attend an alternative session on another day
Click here to see the current schedule.
“This class has improved my confidence in speaking French by miles. In an easy-going atmosphere, Val introduces grammar and vocabulary as the need arises. Attending has been a lot of fun.”
Kate Stephens
 

The formula used to calculate fees and charges ensures very good value for money and avoids the need for a minimum number of students to sustain continuity of the class.

Basic Fee Structure:

Tutor's Fee: 

£3 per hour per student.

Venue Charge: 

£1 per hour per student.

The total payment is £8.00 for a weekly session of 2 hours.

Basis of Payment:

Fees and Venue Charges are paid in advance and become due on the date of the first class of the new schedule.

In the event that a student cannot attend all 5 classes within the schedule, the arrangements are:

No of Classes
Basis of Payment
1 or 2:

Tutor's Fees are paid for only those classes to be attended.

3 or more:

Tutor's Fees are paid for the full block of 5 classes.

All students who attend any of the scheduled classes pay the Venue Charges for all of the 5 classes.

“Val makes learning French fun. She is extremely patient and has a knack of knowing how to encourage her students without putting too much pressure on them.”
Jacqui Brown

All classes are held at Holmfirth Civic Hall on Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS.


The venue provides a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere with facilities for refreshments.

There is ample parking nearby in public car parks.












“I greatly enjoy the French class because I like to learn in a friendly good humoured environment where every person can contribute.”
Sheridan Earnshaw

 

To further explore your options or simply arrange to come along to a Free Taster Session, simply pick up the phone and call

01484 682057