Teaching duo set up Exmouth French classes

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 November 2015

A French couple who fell in love with Exmouth and moved to the town to improve their English have decided to return the favour.

Dominique Desmoulins and her partner, Bernard, who taught English and French in France for 25 years, are now planning to teach people their language.

Exmouth residents have been urged to shake off their ‘fear’ of languages and sign up for French classes.

The sessions are being held for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the couple’s flat on the Exeter Road.

Dominique insists learning a language is a great way to socialise and stay mentally active.

She said: “There are many reasons to study French for conversation; it’s good for making friends and excellent for memory.

“Some people like the sound of French - it can be like music. English people are afraid to learn French, because they’re scared of the language. But it’s not hard; there are many French words that appear in the English language.

“We moved to Exmouth two years ago as we wanted to improve our English. We originally wanted to move to Exeter because it’s a university city, but then we visited Exmouth and liked the town, the people, the weather and the fact we’re close to nature.

“We run the sessions in small groups from our home. We conduct the classes in French as it’s best for people to be immersed in the language. It isn’t like school – we encourage students to tell stories and play games.”

The couple are hosting an open day on Saturday (November 7) at their flat, from 2.30pm until 5pm. For more information, call Dominique on 01395 278628 or email ddesmoulins@club-internet.fr.

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