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The English-French exchange of language (Les Savoises)
 
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Saturday, May 20th, 2017 @ 16:30
Café des Savoises, 11, rue des Savoises, Geneva, Geneva
 
Hi guys, 

The idea of the French/English Language Exchange is for French and English speakers to help each other in learning and practicing the language of the other.

We have settled an agreement with the manager, he will always save us a room, next to the restaurant (or close by) in order that we can maintain our activity. Please do not forget to get a drink, sympathy and courtesy have a deep effect on our activity. :-)

About the location, be aware, it is a small street, locate it with Google map :
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zrEEtuCeqq7U.kdH_tD79Yh-4

Public transportation :
www.tpg.ch
Main stop in the area : Cirque

We meet each Saturday at 16h20 in order to start at 16H30.

Our meetings last up to 19H00, but some people start to leave around 18H30, and others stay even longer, have a snack, share a meal, start a debate (we are fond of philosophical, anthropological and psychological issues.)

NEW : we organize a debate at 18H15, every one is welcome to attend, or to pursue the exchange in their own group.

RSVP IS MANDATORY
Our activity is free but CHF 1.- is charged for members who do not RSVP and who are not member of our group :
 http://www.glocals.com/groups/geneva-french-english-language-exchange-group.htm

So thank you for joining ou group because we pass some information related to our activity and it is good that you know them. Thank you also for enrolling when you come, it helps us to better welcome you and to organize our small groups.

ORGANISATION
> Get your badge : STRUCTURED or INFORMAL GROUP / level of language and join the TRANSITIONAL TABLES.

THE TRANSITIONAL TABLES
> There is one or two of them. The TRANSITION tables are of a bigger size. You meet each other, and start to speak English and French. 
> Then, according to your level and style of learning, just start to create your own group of 3 or 4 people that matches about your level/style, and move to a smaller table.
> Yes, it works better if you are of about the same level in language, and share about the same style of learning : i.e. beginners of French/English go together, and so for levels B and C. Then structured style with structured style.

> 3 or 4 people, maximum, when you choose a STRUCTURED group.
> INFORMAL groups, just keep it informal, 3 to 6/7 people is okay.
> When you choose to join/initiate a STRUCTURED group, ask for being a facilitator for your group. You'll be given some information so that to help each one to achieve her/his goal, in a cooperative and democratic spirit.

In all cases, keep mobile, adaptative, and reinitiate a new group if it goes too INFORMAL for you, if you are too many.

DEFINITIONS
INFORMAL GROUP: it means you are willing to practice your language target as it comes with the bunch of people you are with. It is cool, friendly, socializing.

STRUCTURED GROUP: You are willing to pay attention and to correct each other. You may like to share a specific time focusing on some skills (like pronunciation, reading...). You can also bring your own material (an exercise, an article, a book, a question, …). You are willing to suggest something, or to help others reaching their goal. Of course, you just switch to an informal and open conversation when you feel like it. 

- If you are in an INFORMAL group, do not hesitate to initiate a new STRUCTURED group if you come to be too many.
Remember : 3 or 4 participants in a STRUCTURED group, no more.

Thank you for sending me a message or to write down below in « Talk/comments » if you want to be part of a STRUCTURED CONVERSATION group. I will try to help you in finding for you participants that share the same style or goal than you do. As for me, if possible, I always choose to share in a kind of STRUCTURED group, and I strongly invite you try a STRUCTURED group once. :-)

REGARDING GROUP COMPOSITION
> If possible, let’s have at least one English and one French mother tongue in each group.
Allophone people (other languages mother tongue), you just choose a group with one French and one English in it. Remember to share time speaking both languages FRENCH and ENGLISH

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MIND THESE TIPS :

1) Switch English to French every hour (or make another agreement)
2) Be fair in sharing your time of speaking and listening. 
3) Tell your partner what you need, ask him/her to help you, and reversely, ask him/her how you can help him/her 
4) Alternate a demanding practice with some cool/fun conversation.
5) Last but not least, I insist : find the best way to correct each other, do not worsen your bad habits while you practice, do not get used to bad habits of language. Just do everything that is possible to move forward... For instance, write down mistakes you notice while your partner is talking, and tell them to him/her afterwards. Ask for being corrected. 
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IF YOU COME LATE

Do try to come on time and if ever you come late, here are some suggestions :
- Join the OPEN TRANSITIONAL TABLE
- Wait a bit for a later comer to arrive, and start a new group. 
- Or follow the label INFORMAL and and labels A, B or C on the tables that matches the level of your language target.
- If you are a French or English mother tongue, try to initiate a new group, even a pair with another French or English guy... 
- Join friends you already know, and ask them if you can join in, specially in Informal group. 
- You can join a STRUCTURED group when they are only 2 people in their group.
- Usually, leave groups of 3/4 people in STRUCTURED STYLE on their own so they can practice as they have planned to do so :-)

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ABOUT YOUR LEVEL OF LANGUAGE

you can check it here :
http://apps.klubschule.ch/etest/sprachtest.aspx?language=fr

Perhaps better, for the anglophones, is the site of DELF/DALF:

http://www.delfdalf.ch/index.php?id=320

We are Rolling Stones, we move on :-)
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