Organised Community Activities

On this page you will find information on the various teacher-led activities that run and restart each week inside Discord. Their purpose is to give you more ways to practise and keep yourself motivated and accountable. They are by no means mandatory, and each member is responsible for choosing the activities on a regular basis that get them closer to their “Why”. Participate in one, all, or none of the activities provided.

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Monday Mon But 🎯

In the CFSC we encourage you to set yourself weekly goals in order to give you a direction and a purpose to your daily French practice. When you get to Module 3: Rock That Routine, you’ll learn our simple framework for setting an effective 7 day goal. This space in Discord allows you to publicly announce that goal, increasing the accountability factor.

Set yourself up for success each week.

Taboo Tuesday

One fundamental skill you must learn in order to be confident in conversations is the ability to describe what causes you to freeze in a conversation (covered in Module 2). Taboo Tuesday, named after the party game Taboo, gives you an opportunity to practise this by describing three trucs, endroits, or personnes in writing using the vocabulary you already have. No cheating ;). Feedback is provided.

Can you describe the words without looking in a dictionary?

Mercredi Musique, Film, et Culture

Wednesday is a day to share anything related to French-language music, cinema, and culture. The more you invest in combining your interests with things that are in French, the more second nature consuming and using French will become. The more you have interest in things that are in French, you less effort it will require from you.

Members share their cultural discoveries.

Jeudi Je M'Exprime

You’re encountering new French words every week. Some you remember right away, some you forget instantly, and some you overlook completely. On Thursdays, we invite you to share 1-3 new French words, be they verbs, adverbs, linking words, adjectives, or anything else, and to use them in a sentence. When you output what you input, you drastically increase the chances of retaining it in your long term memory. Feedback is provided.

French Expression Friday

A fun day to share any and all expressions you’ve recently learned. Being a community whose purpose is to help you speak with confidence, we recommend prioritising expressions that you’re likely to use and that can be used across many contexts, but it can also be fun to throw in a particularly colourful idiomatic expression too. Try and use it in a sentence. Feedback is provided.

Each Friday we give you an expression and then it's up to you to share one.

Weekly Immersion Challenge

The biggest reason we struggle to understand native spaekers is because we don’t consume enough and force our brains to soak in the language. Even if we do, we tend to use subtitles as a crutch and focus on reading instead of listening. The weekly immersion challenge allows you to set a simple daily target for yourself to watch/listen and stay IN the spoken language for a set amount of time. Members check in each day, and this friendly competition far increases consistency compared to doing it alone.

Those who log the most daily listens in a week are champions. Then, we start again the following Monday.

Members log their daily immersion practice.
Tagging Mentors in Discord
In any channel, type @ followed by the word Mentors. Select it from the list that appears. Finally, write and send your message.

You said that a lot of people use a translation app, and I was wondering, is that recommended to do that so I can learn words or is it better to do as much as I can from the top of my head? (37:06)

  • Watch the video at the timestamp (37:06) for the full answer.

Are your conversation sessions at set times every week or varied? (42:35)

  • Pretty consistent but subject to slight changes every time.

What's the best way to type accents on a Windows English keyboard? Best configuration? (43:40)

  • Watch the video at the timestamp (43:40) for the full answer.

What do you think is the best translator? (50:53)

  • Watch the video at the timestamp (50:53) for the full discussion.

Are you YouTube videos listed on your website? How can I see them all? (54:50)

  • At the moment the best way is to go to my channel’s home page, click on the Videos tab, and order by Most Popular or Most Recent.
  • New videos get added to Discord and are released early to the CFSC.

How do conversation classes work? (58:10)

  • Announcing them, reserving a spot, how many you get, reminders, notes, replay. Full answer at the timestamp above.

Do you have a recommendation on the amount of hours to spend on French and also what to focus on apart from the class you are getting? Because probably I could also work on vocabulary and maybe some other things. What do you recommend? (1:00:35)

  • Watch the video at the timestamp (1:00:35) for the full answer.

Is there an age limit? How old is your youngest student on CFSC? (1:04:53)

  • I think the youngest person is around 30.

How are grammar and writing practice integrated into the program? Obviously it's firstly a speaking program. (1:05:45)

  • Watch the video at the timestamp (1:05:45) for the full answer.

How to get support. (1:15:51)

  • Leave a question in cfsc-feedback over in Discord.
  • If it’s personal do private message me but a lot of time answers are useful for the group.

Could there be a section in Discord on podcasts? (1:18:51)

  • Yes. I will create one!

Jim mentioned George. Who is George?. (1:21:55)

  • One of our amazing founding members.
  • Very active in Discord, always stretching himself to write and have fun sharing with others.

The thread icon against a text channel icon / What are threads? / How to create threads in a channel? (Video timestamp 41:53)

  • Threads are a way to continue a discussion in a text channel away from the main conversation.
  • Create one by hovering over a message and clicking the # icon.
  • Watch the replay from around 42:35.
  • Tutorial exists in the Discord Tutorials section.

What will the format be of the conversation classes during and after the 3 months? (47:39)

  • Conv classes won’t change format because they don’t correspond to specific parts of the course curriculum. They are every 2 weeks. and you should us them to build a routine involving speaking.
  • Discord will show different areas dedicated to the course material as access opens up.

How should I use DeepL/other translators in conjunction with Discord? (52:45)

  • Using a translator doesn’t mean copy/pasting the text into what you’re writing.
  • Use it to keep your mind thinking about French vocab and structure and then manually rewrite what you find into your message/post.
  • Heather gave tips 58:52 to 1:00:13 in the video.

How to get support? (1:06:47)

  • Primarily, create a pot in the #cfsc-feedback-channel
  • For the course modules there will be a dedicated questions channel.
  • My hours at 9am to 6pm CET. You’ll get a reply within 24 hours.

How big are the conversation class groups? What is recorded? (1:13:37)

  • Max 8 people.
  • New agenda for each class, sent 24 hours before a session.
  • Sessions have people split into groups of 2 or 3.
  • Only parts where I am present are recorded by Zoom.
  • Could potentially allow students to record too.

How to get to the class notes? (1:16:38)

  • An email is sent after your class when the notes are ready.
  • Or go to the bototm or your Dashboard and click the link RĂ©sumĂ©s des cours.

How to view the class replay? (1:21:37)

  • Click the link (now a more visible button) on the webpage containing the notes.

Discord can be overwhelming

  • There’s no rush to get used to it. Take your time. Watch the tutorials. Read as much as you like to get a feel for it.
  • Channels with new messages are highlighted in white.
  • A red badge is added when it needs more attention.