Nos Weekends – Première mondiale du film.

January 4, 2018



Adult Learners of French create film in France with French partners

This 6 month project brought together adult learners of French in Derby with a group learning video techniques in Mauriac in France. The result was a 30 minute film written and performed by both groups and shot in France in December 2017  .  Join us for the World Premier which should include a live link to Mauriac. 

Dimanche le 14 janvier 2018-Wirksworth


Northern Light Cinema, North End, Wirksworth, DE4 4FG

13.00 GMT (14.00 France) arrivé et buffet
13.30  GMT (14.30 France) connection en direct avec l’équipe à Mauriac.
13.45  GMT (14.45 France) Introduction – Bienvenue à Mauriac
13.50  GMT  (14.50 France) Film – Nos Weekends
14.20 GMT (15.20 France) célébration en direct avec Mauriac.

DRESS: Formal

GALA TICKETS : £6 per person.

To reserve your place at this world premiere email:

Northern Light is located in North End Wirksworth, close to the town centre where there are two car parks as well as some free on street parking. Location map


Les groupes

October 14, 2017

You can access your work areas as shown below

Scène 2  – Monaco
DERBY: Kevin  et Guy
MAURIAC: Michèle
Votre éspace

Scène 3  La Rochelle (le moulin a vent)
DERBY: Carol, Andy et Lyn
MAURIAC:  Frédéric
Votre éspace

Scène 4 Camping
DERBY: John, Judith et  Maria
MAURIAC:  Michel Vincent
Votre éspace

Scène 5 – Deauville 
DERBY: Maureen et Chris
MAURIAC: Paulette et Guy
Votre éspace


Example first message

Bonjour – nous tres content de travailler avec vous.

Je m’appelle  Jo Bloggs

Je suis aussi dans le groupe – je m’appelle Cindy Jones



  • Les deux voyageurs arrive a la gare
  • Il n’y a plus de taxis
  • Ils demande a un gendarme
  • Le gendarme propose qu’ils attendent 10 minutes
  • Apres une heure………
  • …………………..






Nos weekends – an Anglo French video Project

June 29, 2017

Ce projet vous propose la possibilité de participer dans une collaboration entre Derby (UK) et Mauriac (Fr) .


What ?

A video making project where a group of Derby-based adults learning French work with a partner group in Mauriac in France.  The two groups will use the French language to create a video in which they collaborate in creation if and in taking roles.

It follows a very successful collaboration in Autumn 2016 which started with films made in Derby and then a collaboration in Mauriac on ‘Le Songe de Theo


Who for ?

This is for anyone who has a basic knowledge of French (eg at least one year of evening class) .

Who for ?
This is for anyone who has a basic knowledge of French (eg at least one year of evening class) .

Why ?
This is a great way to practise existing language skills and to learn more vocabulary and structures through informal use rather than in a  formal class. It will also provide contact between groups of people and give an insight to life in ‘real France’ away from tourist locations.

When ?
This project will run during the Autumn of 2017 and will include a joint session filming in Mauriac late November 2017.

By November everyone has booked:

  • plane to and from Limoges
  • Hotel Ibis Budget in Limoges  Thurs 30 November

We have some confirmations of additional costs:

  • Travel- Limoges – Mauriac and return (coach)  100 Euros
  • Hotel Mauriac: Single rooms 48 Euro/night plus 8 Euro Breakfast: 112 Euro Total
  • (Double room = 116 Euro per night plus 8 Euro PP breakfast)
  • 4 meals at Mauriac approx 25 Euros per meal     100 Euros

What this is not!
This is not an official Derby Adult Learning Service activity. It is also not a package tour. Participants can make their own travel arrangements and will pay directly for hotel accommodation.

Le film

Scene 1 A group of workers meet on Friday in  a cafe to discuss their plans for the weekend.


The text read by French partners 

Our first attempt at acting the scene (not for public view)


Le group de Derby.



Scenes 2,3,4,5  

Text created by anglo French mini groups

Each group ends with a secret disaster.


Les ‘mini groups’

septembre – octobre

Scene 6


Ca deviens claire que les screts ne sonts plus secrets! Le group de Mauriac

novembre – decembre

Le programme

19  July / juillet Face to face meeting kicked off the project at the Markeaton Pub ‘
August / aout  Stay in touch by email
Saturday 23 September / le 23 séptembre

9.30 – 12.00

Please sign up with Derby Adult learning Service for this. To sign up 


Project Launch- Play reading practice

Record Scene 1

Visio conference avec Mauriac

Establish groups Derby/ Mauriac

October / octobre Groups communicate over their work on scenes 2,3,4,5.
November / novembre

30 novembre – 3 decembre


Joint filming weekend



Thursday 30 Nov

East Midlands: dep 18.40
Limoges arr. 21.20

Hotel a Limoges

Friday 1 December

Arrive Mauriac 10.30

Saturday 2 December
Filming all day

Sunday 3 December

Depart Mauriac ??

Arrive Limoges  ????

Limoges dep: 12.40
East Midlands arr:  13.20

Les Prix (approx)

Ryanair                                                100 GBP
Hotel                                                    150 GBP
Travel Limoges – Mauriac             100 GBP

Plus some meals.

Interested? Contact:


Walking and talking in French

June 25, 2017

Parlez-vous francais?

Aimez-vous la campagne de Debyshire?

Walking and talking in French is a new group which meets to chat over a gentle walk.

 NEXT Event  Wednesday  28 June   6.30- 9.00

Meet at Middleton Top Car Park (DE4 4LS)  for a randonnée en français.   Let’s chat in French – beginner or expert, everybody welcome – and enjoy a lovely walk.  Bring an evening picnic and a flask.

High Peak Trail

Cost £7 per person

To join phone or text Alastair Clark 07847417027

sign-up to

Derby learners work with French partners on video project

April 24, 2017

During 2016 adults learning French with Derby Adult Learning Service got stuck-in to making videos with a team learning video skills with our partners organisation in Mauriac in the rural heart of the French Massif Centrale.

Both teams made films about their own towns. All were in French and we celebrated them in June.

A Derby based team sharpened further their skills with a time-shift film about French -speaking Normans in Duffield Castle.

The Derby team travelled to Mauriac for an intensive 48 hours making another historical short film but this time theFrebch hosts were played by the English and the French peoole played English visitors.

???? Ah well! We did think we would try something a bit different in 2017. We plan to sit this year’s film into scenes and give a small group of 2 French and 2 Derby learners the chance to write the 3 minute script.

Ca vous interesse ? Initiament contactez


Quatre jours à Tunis

April 6, 2017

Grace  à mes amis du British Council et leurs partenaires tunisiens je viens de passer quatre jours à Tunis avec des formateurs tunisiens du Centre Nationale de Formation Continue et de Promotion Professionelle

Après une présentation sur les MOOCs et Moodle.  Nous avons fait  un atelier ensemble où nous avons fait des activités de création de contenu pratiques d’informer nos discussions sur les démarches vers les cours stages de quatre semaines en ligne. propose

Al-BeardNous avons parlé des méthodologies disponibles en ligne et les différences entres les xMOOCs et cMOOCs .

Le Plan d’Action proposé s’agit de 3 stages en ligne de 4 semaines sur matières différent.

J’attende nouvelles des résultats mais entre temps je propose certains liens d’aider le processus.

Une discussion au tours des MOOCs

 Open  Educational Resources


Les Ressources Educatives Libres

User-centred design
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Les MOOCs à decouvrir

Avec commentaire de mon collegue Vincent Poyet – Mauriac France.

‘Festival le Can’ 30 janvier – Derby Moor 19.30

January 18, 2017

A warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us for this evening celebrating the achievements of the groups creating short films as an informal way of developing language skills in French.    FREE and Open to All.




Les parisiennes et l’escalier magique

November 24, 2016

Les parisiennes et l'escalier magique from alastair clark on Vimeo.

Roaring Success for Social Enterprise

November 17, 2016

I was delighted, one again, to be invited by the University of Derby to play the role of ‘Dragon’ in an exercise where students researched and planned social enterprises to address social needs that they had identified.



Students on the Social Care degree course had worked hard to produce viable self sustaining projects only to be faced with tough questioning from me and my fellow dragons. They largely performed very well and gave confident and credible answers to most of our questions.

This year my fellow dragons were  Graham Masters, Chair of the Nottingham Play Forum and  Christine Woodhall, co-ordinator of the Student Career Hub. The excellent project was devised and run by Seniot Lecturer John Bowie.

Make a Video in Mauriac – en francais! 1-3 December 2016

September 23, 2016


A chance to visit a French community with an established partnership with learners of French in Derby.  We will visit the town of Mauriac and create a video together in the French language.

Who for?
This is open to anyone who wants to practise their French at any level. For example current or previous members of French classes and their families and friends.

What will I get from participating?
This  experience will give you a 48 hours experience in an authentic French environment.  You can practise your existing French and learn new phrases.

The trip will leave East Midlands Airport Thursday  1 December and return to East Midlands  Saturday 3 December.

How much does it cost?
The visit is run as an event coordinated but not organised by Alastair Clark. This is not an official event of Derby City Council.  We estimate that costs will be about £220 per person see below.

What are the other costs?
Participants will also be responsible for meals and for travel insurance.

How does it work?
Initially you confirm your commitment to participate with a message to Alastair Clark (see below). Once we are sure that we have a minimum number of participants this will be confirmed and you will book your own flights directly with Ryanair.  Hotel bookings and local transport will then be reserved by Alastair Clark and you will be asked to pay on arrival.

How many ?
The group from Derby  will be between 6 and 10 participants and we will work with a similar group in Mauriac.


Thursday 1 Decembre

Ibis budget Limoges (F)
14 Rue de Chinchauvaud


Friday 2 December
Auv’ Hotel

4 rue du 11 novembre

Rooms: 50 Euros plus 8 Euros breakfast
Twin Rooms 60 Euros plus 8 Euros breakfast


Once you have a confirmed place then book your flights with


THURS 1 December

Flight FR1632
East Midlands  18.40  CHANGED TIMES
Limoges 21.20


Saturday 3 December
Flight FR1633

Limoges   16.20
East Midlands  17.00

Recommendations to keep price low:
1) Last trip everyone managed with cabin baggage so did not pay for a bag in the hold
2)  The web site will try to encourage you to pay to book a seat. This is your choice but it is cheaper if you accept a random seat (its is a short flight) 
3) However, you should have some travel insurance for this trip. (If flights are cancelled Ryanair will pay the very minimum.) We can discuss this at the briefing meeting. 


REVISED Draft Programme (following Ryan Air change) 

Thursday 1 December –
17.00  Meet East Midlands Airport and take 18.40 flight to Limoges CHANGED

21.20 Arrive Limoges CHANGED


22.00 Hotel at Limoges  CHANGED

Friday 2 December
11.00- meet partner group at Mediatheque of Monastery  and discuss video project

12.30- – lunch

13.30- 17.00 – complete film.

17.00- free time.

19.30 evening meal.

Saturday 3 December

9.00 free time in market and town centre

12.00 depart Mauriac

14.30 arrive airport

16.20 Flight

17.00  arrive East Midlands airport.


How to confirm your interest?

email or text or call 07847417027

Also please contact Alastair for any queries.



Price estimates

1 December  

East Mids 7.20

Limoges  10.05

Ryanair price

(no cabin baggage)

booked and p[aid


1 December  

transport in France

100 Euros
1 December Hotel – Limoges



44 Euros
2 December Hotel – Mauriac


50 Euros Single

60 Euros Twin

3 December Limoges 15.50

East Midlands 16.30



Ryanair price
(No cabin baggage)