Guided word games and light conversation
Suitable for all levels from Beginner to Advanced
A fun session for anyone keen to improve their French vocabulary
1.5 hour, weekly: Friday 5pm
Booking required 48 hours in advance. Also available on demand. This program is COVID-safe and subject to the social distancing rules in place on the day so it is currently done on Zoom. In-home meetings will become an option again in some Eastern suburbs in 2021.
Private/1 player: $45; semi-private/2+players:$35
Anyone Can Play And Have Fun
Has the idea of playing French Scrabble®, or French Bananagrams®, come to your mind before?
Did you feel that it may be too hard? Would you love to play but you don’t have anyone with whom you can play?
Why not join a French Bananagrams or French Scrabble group? It is a fun hour of energising “Brain Sport” combining the pleasure of a challenging game and conversation, all in French!
We Make It An Enjoyable Learning Experience
Yes, you can play in French. You can improve your French skills whatever your current level in French, from low, intermediate to advanced. We aim to group people according to their French skills. More advanced speakers often prefer Scrabble.
And Bananagrams is particularly good when you are still discovering the basics of French.
Both are a great way to review your vocabulary, verbs….
Imagine having a French partner who helps you see the words in your game; Someone who suggests good word combinations, who explains… A friendly helper who enjoys providing guidance and support to players according to their French skills. That is the role that your Almaje Languages tutor plays. We ensure that you enjoy the challenge and the conversation.
Participants learn easily through playing for fun or with a bit of competitive spirit. You progress towards thinking in French without realising it.
French Scrabble Games Adapted For Zoom Video-calls
As a result of the social distancing rules to control Covid-19 we have moved to playing on Zoom and we can report that it has worked really well. Players are enjoying the challenge and the dynamics of the game. We are playing and conversing together.
All that is required to maintain the game interactive is that at least 2 players have a set of French Scrabble tiles*. It is possible to play with a single set of tiles but more fun when players have their own set.
(*the number of tiles per letter and their values are different in a French Scrabble and an English one)
Playing In A French Bananagrams® Or French Scrabble® Group Is Good For You!
Word games like these are reported as having many health benefits, mental health in particular. When you engage in mentally stimulating tasks, you are likely to delay the onset of memory loss, improve your brain’s agility and reduce the risk of depression.
Playing Scrabble or Bananagrams in French involves 5 mental processes:
- exercising our memory
- switching our thinking rapidly across 2 languages
- stimulating our critical thinking
- developing winning strategies
- focusing on positive outcomes
Whatever our age, we benefit from
- experiencing a friendly atmosphere,
- sharing a common interest,
- participating in a light-hearted personal or team challenge,
- feeling the thrill of winning and celebrating the win.
How It Works
If you love French and word games, why not join the group? Try a first time, it is addictive!
You don’t need to commit for a whole term, you can pay as you go or a few sessions; all you need to do is to book your spot no later than 48 hours in advance. We have a standard day but we can also run on-demand sessions.
Bring a friend or your partner, it is even more enjoyable, and we can play in teams if you wish.
With Scrabble®, you play against others on a common board. All players play their individual Bananagrams® games separately. The number of letters is different in both games and the dynamics are different. Both games provide great opportunities to learn together and individually.
Your tutor has years of experience in playing word games with French learners. She loves to help you beat her! We cater for all levels from intermediate up. And we ensure everyone has a great time and memorises new words and how to use them.
So join us, relax and enjoy a bit of brain sport! We can run additional weekday and weekend groups too, subject to demand.
If you have a question, feel free to contact us
French Scrabble® or French Bananagrams® are registered trademarks.
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