FWC welcomes members to participate in a variety of interest groups. If you want more information about an interest group, please email the FWC Sections Administrator at FWC.InterestSections@umich.edu and your name will be forwarded to the section leader(s) listed below. Contact information for section leaders also is available in the FWC directory.
Language & Drama Coordinator: Jeanne Lewellen
Our group meets Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in members’ homes, October – May. Lidia Kaku, a native Spanish speaker, is our outstanding teacher. We learn vocabulary, pronunciation and structure of sentences. We enjoy learning Spanish while having light refreshments Tuition is $15 per person per lesson. For five or more students the tuition is $12 per person per lesson. We are looking for several new members to participate in our section.
Update: We will be meeting only on Zoom until further notice.
Leader: Frances Flory
Our group has enjoyed many years of learning Spanish with our native Spanish-speaking instructor, Lidia Kaku. We meet in members’ homes on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for informal discussions and light refreshments, followed by a lesson from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tuition is $15 per person per lesson.
Update: We have been meeting over Zoom since March and expect at this time to continue to meet over Zoom.
Leader: Diane Conde
Advanced Spanish Conversation
We meet in members’ homes with our Spanish-speaking instructor, Lidia Kaku on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. from September to April. We enjoy spontaneous conversation and read and discuss literature in the Spanish language. Tuition is $12 per person per lesson. Our last meeting of the year is a potluck “fiesta” with Hispanic foods. Join our lively and fun group for intermediate to advanced speakers.
Update: We will not be meeting in members’ homes, but will be meeting on Zoom until further notice.
Leader: Sandy Anderson
An excellent opportunity to polish skills in French speaking, writing and reading. We discuss in French our reading assignments, novels, short stories, poems, plays, current events, and individual activities. In addition to our weekly meetings, we attend local theater productions with French themes, after reading them in French. Our instructor is Molly Walker. Tuition is $20 per person per class. We meet at University Commons every Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Update: We will be meeting only on Zoom until further notice. Our Zoom meetings are half the class at 10:00 a.m. and the other half at 11:15 a.m. on Fridays. This class is full and cannot accommodate more members at this time.
Leader: Chris Hawley
Theatre et Conversation
This group brings together people with some fluency in French to provide a relaxed opportunity for speaking and a pleasant way to maintain and improve our competency. We read plays aloud in French, unrehearsed, ranging from the 17th century classics to 21st century contemporary theatrical pieces. Before reading, we enjoy general and informal conversation over dessert and after reading we spend a short time discussing the play. We meet in a member’s home on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. from September to June. The last gathering of the year is usually a potluck. We always welcome new members at any time of the year.
Update: Our group suspended meetings until further notice. We are still discussing best meeting practices for this Fall 2020.
Leader: Mary Pedley
Friends of Live Theater
We love live theater and we get to see great shows together in the Ann Arbor area. We usually meet before or after the show for lunch or dinner. Several times throughout the year we meet at local restaurants to discuss plays/shows that members have seen and recommend seeing. Year-round all members are encouraged to suggest plays/shows that they want to see but don’t want to attend alone.
Update: On hiatus
Leader: Mominka Filev
Tuesday Play Reading
This group meets for lunch the 3rd Tuesday of the month, September to May, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. We meet at a local restaurant. Each time we read a one-act play. One member selects a play and assigns the parts. The director gives a brief summary of the playwright, sets the scene for the play and reads insider directions during the reading. Sometimes we bring a prop or wear costumes, but none are required. Join us as we share our love of plays by reading together and discussing the plays.
Update: On hiatus
Leader: Frances Flory