What’s a Language Café?
Language Cafés (café linguistique) are the opportunity for language learners to come together and practise foreign languages, meet new people and learn about other cultures, informally, over a hot or cold drink.
It’s the ideal way to improve and maintain a language, but also to join a community of local people who share your love of languages!
Language Café Ile de Ré
Language Café Ile de Ré was trialled for the first time back in 2017 by English tutor Sue Dudill (www.suedudill.org.uk), and the idea was such a success that she continued to run the café until 2020. I was delighted and honoured to be asked to take over the running of the café in 2021, and the concept is as popular as ever, attracting participants from all over the island, and even from La Rochelle and elsewhere on the continent!
We meet on Saturday mornings in various bars and cafés on Ile de Ré (in 2022, these are in Rivedoux, La Noue and Bois-Plage) from 10 am to 11:30 or midday.
As an English teacher, I am there to facilitate the discussions, organise fun language activities and take care of the general organisation of the cafés.
The Language Café is the perfect opportunity to practise your English. Although the Language Café isn’t suitable for absolute beginners, if you are able to make and follow basic conversation in English, you will be fine! If you have any doubts about your level, feel free to contact me beforehand.
Native English speakers are also more than welcome; it may be possible to practise your French while at the Language Café, and the games and activities are designed to be fun for everyone. It’s also a great way to get to know other local people!
It may also be possible to practise other languages than English at the Language Café as we have participants of different nationalities – just ask me at the beginning of the café or email me in advance for more information.
Participants are asked to purchase a drink at each Language Café, as this is the agreement I have with the café and bar owners, who host the café free of charge. There is also a small participation fee to cover organisational costs: €3.50 for each session, or €3 when you pay for 5 sessions, or €2.50 when you pay for 10 sessions. Your first session is free, so come along and see what you think!
Alternatively, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Hope to see you there soon!