Wirksworth on show at ‘Ecologie au Quotidien – French environment conference.

January 30, 2018



Seventeen people from Wirksworth contributed to an environment conference in our twin town of Die (pronounced ‘dee’)  in South East France this week. However, only three actually traveled there.


The other participants travelled to France in video form on a small computer USB memory stick!

Rob Tresidder, John Horak and Alastair Clark animated a conference session supported by the montage of messages collected from Wirksworth people.

Responses from the participant in Die to like minded people in Wirksworth were conveyed on cardboard cut out figures which will be used a feedback meeting in Wirksworth in March.

The video taken from Wirksworth to Die

Des Voix de Wirksworth from alastair clark on Vimeo.

Local radio station – Radio Diois – took an interview from the Wirksworth team who were able to explain in French some of the key initiatives in Wirksworth including Stoney Wood, Transition Wirksworth, the Farmers Market and the Derbyshire Eco Centre.



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  . We were joined by friends and supporters at parallel World Premier showing in Derbyshire and Mauriac on 14 January 2018. 


The film itself and the Back Story can be seen on the web site of our French partner


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: alastair@aclark.eu


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 https://www.meetup.com/Walking-and-talking-in-French/

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.

Introduction en video 

 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.