Language & Drama

Language & Drama Coordinator: Jeanne Lewellen

For more information about joining a section, email the Interest Section Chair.


Beginning Spanish
Our group meets Thursdays from 10:30 – noon in members’ homes October – May. Lidia Kaku, from El Salvador, is our outstanding teacher. We learn vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation, and structure of sentences. We enjoy learning Spanish while having light refreshments. Looking for several new members to participate in our section. Tuition is $12 per person per lesson for five or more students and $15 per lesson for fewer students. Leader: Frances Flory.

Intermediate Spanish
Our group has finished seven years of Spanish with our native-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 noon. Tuition is $12.00 per person per lesson. Leader: Diane Conde.

Advanced Spanish Conversation
We meet in members’ homes with our Spanish-speaking instructor, Lidia Kaku on Wednesdays from 1 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. Leader: Sandra Anderson.


Conversational French
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. Currently we are meeting at University Commons every Friday from 10:30 a.m. until noon. 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 7:00 to 9:00 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. Leaders: Beverly Geltner and Jutta Gerber-Malm.


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. Leader: Mominka Filev.

Tuesday Play Reading
This group meets the 3rd Tuesday at 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. September – May, at the Classic Cup Café on Jackson Rd. We meet in the private dining room for lunch and to read a one-act play. One member selects a play and assigns the parts. As director, she gives a brief summary of the playwright. She sets the scene for the play and reads all inside 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 play. Leader: Frances Flory.

Updated 8/21/2019

Established 1921