Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Instructor Ron Saffell taught 15 students Conversational French at the Poland library Sept. 19.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Instructor Ron Saffell taught 15 students for the first of a six week Conversational French class Sept. 19 at the Poland library.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Instructor Ron Saffell taught the first Conversational French class Sept. 19 at the Poland library. This was the first class of six offered to community members seeking to learn conversational French.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Ron Saffell wrote on a white board as part of the first in a series of Conversational French classes.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Community members participated in the first Conversational French class in a six week series at the Poland library Sept. 19.
By JESSICA HARKER
On Sept. 19, the Poland library hosted its first conversational French class.
The class is a series which will run for six weeks, with one class every week on Wednesdays.
Ron Saffell, who taught the class, said that the goal is to teach students enough of the language that they will be able to survive in a French-speaking country.
“I really enjoy teaching it, its a fun thing because with language in general, it is so personal,” Saffell said. “It gets people thinking about interesting things and customs and culture.”
Saffell started the class with basic introductions, teaching students the French words for “hello” and “goodbye,” as well as the key differences between French and English.
Saffell emphasized that while there are a lot of similarities between the two languages, there are key differences, including sentence structure.
He said that he also plans on teaching the class key pieces of culture.
“You teach politeness like ‘hello,’ ‘excuse me,’ ‘where is the pharmacy’ and ‘where is the bathroom,’” Saffell said.
By the end of the six weeks Saffell said that students will be “advanced beginners.”
“They will be able to do some survival french,” Saffell said. “They will learn how to be polite and know basic French phrases.”
The class was centered on adults, with 15 people in attendance of the first class.
Saffell also teaches French at St. Rose in Girard.
He said that he learned the language in college, and has been teaching it for 10 years.
Poland librarian Hayley McEwing attended the class. She said that the library has a range of resources for anyone interested in learning a new language.
The library has a free language learning resource called Mango, that anyone can access with their library card.
“We want to make sure language is accessible to anyone,” McEwing said.
To access Mango you can go to libraryvisit.org and go to online resources.