conversation groups

What are English At Large conversation groups?

Our conversation groups are groups of 8-12 learners who meet weekly to practice their English speaking skills. Our groups provide an opportunity for learners to improve their speaking confidence and meet other people adults who are learning English.

Topics usually covered in conversation groups include American culture and holidays, idioms, casual spoken English, and daily life situations (the bank, the post office, speaking with neighbors, etc.).

Our conversation groups focus mainly on listening and speaking, not reading and writing. Also, our groups are run by trained volunteers, not English teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate?

English At Large conversation groups are open to all adults who want to practice their English speaking skills.

What level of English do I need to attend?

To participate fully in a group, we recommend that you have an at least an intermediate English speaking level. If you can speak on the telephone without too much difficulty, your English speaking ability is likely at an intermediate level.

Each conversation group facilitator determines which learners can join their group and may determine that some learner's English speaking ability is too low to join their conversation group.

How much do these groups cost?

All of our programs are free.

Donations, of any amount, made to English At Large are always appreciated.

Can I attend more than one conversation group at the same time?

You will be placed in one group at the start of the semester. You will be placed on a waitlist for your second choice group. If there is space available in the group, you will be contacted to attend that second group. 

I've participated in a conversation group in the past. Do I need to register again?

Yes. All learners who would like to take part in our current session of conversation groups must fill out the registration form.

What happens after I register?

English At Large and your group facilitator will call or email you before the group begins. Please confirm that you are in a group before attending.

Please note that our conversation groups are very popular and that you might be placed on a waiting list. 

 

Registration for our fall conversation groups is officially open

Click the button below to register for a fall group

Sign up for groups

 

Acton

MONDAY MORNINGS at 9:30AM – 11AM
group begins: September 18
location: Acton Memorial Library

MONDAY AFTERNOONS at 2PM – 3:30PM
group begins: September 18
location: Acton Memorial Library

Arlington

TUESDAY MORNINGS at 11:15AM – 12:45PM
group begins: September 26
location: Robbins Public Library

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS at 10AM – 11:30AM
group begins: October 4
location: Robbins Public Library

THURSDAY EVENINGS at 7PM – 8:30PM
group begins: September 14
location: St. John's Episcopal Church

FRIDAY MORNINGS at 10AM – 11:30AM
group begins: September 22
location: Robbins Public Library

Belmont

MONDAY MORNINGS at 11:30AM – 1PM
group begins: September 18
location: Beech St. Community Center

Billerica

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS at 10AM – 11:30AM
group begins: September 20
location: Billerica Public Library

Burlington

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS at 10:30AM – 12PM
group begins: September 20
location: Burlington Public Library

Concord

FRIDAY MORNINGS at 10AM – 11:30AM
group begins: September 22
location: Concord Free Public Library

Lexington

TUESDAY MORNINGS at 10AM – 11:30AM
group begins: September 12
location: Cary Memorial Library

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS at 10AM – 11:30AM
group begins: September 13
location: Lexington United Methodist Church

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS at 7PM – 8:30PM
group begins: September 20
location: Lexington United Methodist Church

Medford

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS at 10AM – 11:30AM
group begins: September 20
location: West Medford Community Center

Reading

TUESDAY EVENINGS at 7PM – 8:30PM
group begins: September 12
location: Reading Public Library

Waltham

MONDAY EVENINGS at 7PM – 8:30PM
group begins: September 18
location: Waltham Public Library

TUESDAY MORNINGS at 9:30AM – 11AM
group begins: September 19
location: Waltham Public Library

TUESDAY EVENINGS at 7PM – 8:30PM
group begins: September 19
location: Waltham Public Library

THURSDAY EVENINGS at 7PM – 8:30PM
group begins: September 21
location: Waltham Public Library

SATURDAY MORNINGS at 10AM – 11:30AM
group begins: September 16
location: Waltham Public Library

Winchester

TUESDAY MORNINGS at 10AM – 11:30AM
group begins: September 19
location: Winchester Public Library

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS at 7PM – 8:30PM
group begins: September 13
location: Winchester Public Library

FRIDAY MORNINGS at 10AM – 11:30AM
group begins: September 29
location: Winchester Public Library

SATURDAY MORNINGS at 10AM – 11:30AM
group begins: September 23
location: Winchester Public Library

Woburn

MONDAY EVENINGS at 7PM – 8:30PM
group begins: September 18
location: Woburn Public Library

SATURDAY MORNINGS at 11AM – 12:30PM
group begins: September 16
location: English At Large

 

What do I do after I register? How do I know that I can attend the conversation group?

You may plan to attend the next scheduled group after you sign up unless there is a waiting list. The groups with a waiting list are indicated on the website and registration form.

If there is a waiting list for the group, please do not attend until you are contacted by a group leader.

You may register for groups even if they have already begun meeting.

I've participated in a conversation group in the past. Do I need to register again?

Yes. All learners who would like to take part in our current session of conversation groups must fill out the registration form.