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 can attend up to three conversation groups, unless there is a waitlist for your selected groups. Group facilitators will let you know if you are on their waitlist.

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?

Your group facilitator will call or email you before class. If you donít hear from your group facilitator before class starts, we recommend that you go to class.

Please note that our conversation groups are very popular and that you might be placed on a waiting list. Facilitators will contact you if you have been placed on the waitlist for a group.


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