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Welcome! Discussion Groups meet once or twice a month to discuss topics or films. Meetings give women from around the world a chance to learn about each other and each other’s cultures. Discussions take place in the language of the group (English, French, German, and Spanish).

**Groups will meet in person or on Zoom. Most groups will alternate between these two options; adapting throughout the year, based on the recommendations of the Washtenaw County Health Department as well as on the preferences of group members. All groups require their members to be vaccinated for in person meetings.

Topic Groups (Advanced English)

Topic Group: 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 10:00-12:00 PM

The Wednesday morning Discussion Group members have a lot of fun. We are flexible in choosing topics, which range from recipes to economics to the weekend activities we enjoy. 

Topic Group: 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 PM

We meet and discuss topics suggested by our members. Everyone takes a turn speaking.  It is very informal and fun. We usually take one field trip each year and meet for lunch at a restaurant in May. Both of these will depend on current health restrictions.

Fun & Games, 3rd Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30

This group is intended for women who cannot attend daytime groups. It involves casual conversation around a variety of activities. At the moment, we play various outdoor games: pickleball, cornhole, swimming, or sometimes we just meet outdoors to chat. If need be, we will switch to Zoom later in the year.

Film Groups (Advanced English) Usually try to meet in Person

1st and 3rd Thursday, 7:30-10:00 (PM) 

Our diverse group of women enjoy watching international movies that have been recommended by members. Each alternate meeting we discuss a topic relevant to the movie we have just watched. Our long traditions include several special events, such as a Mid-August lunch, Red Carpet Soiree, and White Elephant Sale. All dependent on current health guidelines.

1st & 3rd Friday, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

 We meet at members’ homes two Fridays each month at 12:30 PM. We have a sign-up sheet for members to supply light refreshments. Our films begin promptly at 1 PM followed by a discussion that generally lasts until 4 PM. All films are either in spoken English or English subtitles. We view a variety of films from around the world. We do not view films with graphic violence, however some films have contained war-related bloodshed.

Language Groups (Advanced English)

French: 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 7:30–9:30 PM

Les réunions du groupe de discussion française sont le premier et le troisième mardi soir du mois pendant l’année scolaire.  Nous nous réunissons chez les membres, et un autre membre apporte quelques gourmandises.  Nous espérons que les membres du groupe peuvent tenir le rôle d’hôtesse ou d’assistante une ou deux fois chaque année.  Le troisième mardi du mois nous discutons sur un sujet choisi, par exemple, une région de la France ou les traditions de jours de fêtes.Request to join this group.

German: 1st & 3rd Monday, 1:00-3:00 PM

This group welcomes native and nonnative speakers to share their thoughts about topics of general interest and German and American culture. Members support each other to stay connected to their home country and to adjust and feel at home abroad. Everyone has a great opportunity to improve their knowledge of the German language. Request to join this group.

Japanese: 4th Friday, 9:30-11:30 AM

This group welcomes native and nonnative speakers to share their thoughts about topics of general interest and Japanese and American culture. Members support each other to stay connected to their home country and to adjust and feel at home abroad. Everyone has a great opportunity to improve their knowledge of the Japanese language. Request to join this group.

Portuguese: 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 AM

This group welcomes native and nonnative speakers to share their thoughts about topics of general interest and Portuguese and American culture. Members support each other to stay connected to their home country and to adjust and feel at home abroad. Everyone has a great opportunity to improve their knowledge of the Portuguese language. Request to join this group.

Spanish I: 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 12:30–2:30 PM

We are a group of Spanish speakers, many of whom are native speakers from many different countries. However, the group has a number of members who are speakers of Spanish with varying abilities.

We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from late September through late May or early June. We meet at different homes, socialize while we eat whatever the hostess has prepared as well as food contributions from other members.

With few exceptions, there is an announced topic of conversation for the last hour of the meeting. Request to join this group.

Spanish II: 4th Tuesday, 7:30–9:30 PM

We are a group of Spanish speakers, many of whom are native speakers from many different countries. However, the group has a number of members who are advanced speakers of Spanish.

We meet the 4th Tuesday of each month from late September through late May or early June. We meet at different homes, socialize while we eat whatever the hostess has prepared as well as food contributions from other members.

With few exceptions, there is an announced topic of conversation for the last hour of the meeting. Request to join this group.