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Take your TOEIC test

TOEIC

The library is an authorized open center for the TOEIC Listening and Reading test (Public programme with photo). To sign up please consult the ETS website

All tests will take place at the ESSCA in Angers. Click here for full directions.

Saturday Reading Group


The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people.

The February read for the group is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited and Other Stories”.  The story of Charlie Wales, a former drunken party-goer who returns to Paris, the site of his former 1920s debauchery, shortly after the stock market crash of 1929. Charlie sees his world with new (sober) eyes and is both shocked and appalled by the extravagance that characterized his former life. The story is rooted in the financial crisis of its times. Fitzgerald wrote the piece in December of 1930, when the good times of the Jazz Age (also called the “Roaring Twenties“) had come to an end and America was headed into the Great Depression. Charlie’s horror with his own former waste and self-destruction is Fitzgerald’s condemnation of a society who drank away the ‘ Because of the connections to Fitzgerald’s own life, many critics have looked in painstaking detail at the autobiographical elements of “Babylon Revisited.” Like main character Charlie Wales, Fitzgerald was in a tumultuous and tabloid-ready marriage that was destructive to both him and his wife, Zelda. Fitzgerald also admitted to basing the character of Charlie’s estranged daughter, Honoria, on his own daughter Scottie.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org

Pizza and board games

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!

Books and tea

B&T

“Books and Tea” is a monthly meeting for bookworms and tea drinkers. Bring a book you’ve really enjoyed, talk about it and pass it on! The group meets from 2 to 3:30 at “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!

Intensive theatre English workshop for "lycéens"

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This theater workshop for young adults in high school takes place in the library and runs over three consecutive afternoons of three hours each. This is a wonderful way for kids to have fun learning English through theatre games and lots of speaking and moving around. Cost is 75 euros (includes snack, materials and library membership). Please contact the front desk to sign up. Limited to 15.

Talk on deafness by Gerald Shea "The Sounds of Silence"

 

Gerald Shea will be speaking on “The Sounds of Silence: dealing with deafness

Gerald Shea has lived most of his life in New York and in Paris, and practiced law in both cities for many years. He has published internationally in legal and financial journals.  He has written two books for a general audience, Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway Through Life and The Language of Light: A History of Silent Voices. He and his wife live in Paris and spend summers in Massachusetts.

No reservations necessary. Limited seating so come early! The Speaker program offers special guest speakers from September 2017 through June 2018 and has been made possible through a generous grant from the American Embassy. For information on the talks through March click here.

Critical thinking: the monthly press review

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The Internet is wonderful and can answer all your questions. For most of us, it is the main source for news. Indeed, we have immediate access to plenty of media from different part of the world. But can they all be trusted? Using different sources and media, the press review helps you to find your way through the news and be well-informed. This is an informal sharing and discussion of the news in English. Please feel free to bring in an article that you would like to share with the other members of the group.

Meeting are held on Saturdays from 3-4:30PM.

This new activity for library members is organized by freelance journalist and library volunteer: Isma Hassaine-Poirier

 

Luncheon Club

silverwareLove those French restaurants? Feel like you need to speak English more but in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this club which schedules a lunch in a great local restaurant. Click here to send an email to the coordinator for more information and the full schedule and to sign up!

Pizza and board games

pizzaThe pizza and board games evening is scheduled one Tuesday a month from 6-8 pm. Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for children 12 and under and native English speakers). No reservations necessary, just come and enjoy!

Books and tea

B&T

“Books and Tea” is a monthly meeting for bookworms and tea drinkers. Bring a book you’ve really enjoyed, talk about it and pass it on! The group meets from 2 to 3:30 at “Les Casse-Croûte de Suzy” 3 rue de l’Espine. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy!

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