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 adults who are learning English.

  • All groups are free! There is no cost to attend our conversation groups.
  • All adults who want to practice their English speaking skills are welcome at our groups.
  • 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.
  • Conversation groups are not English classes. Our trained volunteers focus mainly on listening and speaking, and less on reading and writing.

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.).

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.

Can I attend more than one Conversation Group at the same time?
You can only register for one group at the start of the semester. When registration closes, you can sign up for the waitlist of a second group. If there is space in that group, you will be able to attend a 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 Conversation Groups

is Now Open

 

Spring Conversation Groups begin in January 2020.  Learners can register for a group in any community.  In order to ensure that we can place all learners, we ask that you only register for one group. 

Register for a Conversation Group

 

Registrations are currently being accepted for the following Conversation Groups:  

Acton
Fridays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm at Acton Memorial Library. January 31 – May 8, 2020


Arlington
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Robbins Library, January 28 – May 5, 2020
Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am at Robbins Library, January 29 – May 6, 2020
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, January 30 – May 7, 2020


Belmont
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 2:00 pm at Beech Street Community Center, January 28 – May 5, 2020


Billerica
Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am at Billerica Public Library, January 29 – May 6, 2020


Boxborough
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Sargent Memorial Library, January 27 – May 4, 2020


Burlington
Wednesdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Burlington Public Library, January 29 – May 6, 2020
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Burlington Public Library, February 4 – April 21, 2020


Concord
Fridays, 10:00 -11:30 am at Concord Free Public Library, January 31 – May 8, 2020


Lexington
Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am at Lexington United Methodist Church, January 29 – May 6, 2020
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Lexington United Methodist Church, January 29 – May 6, 2020


Medford

Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am at West Medford Community Center, January 15 – April 22, 2020


Reading
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Reading Public Library, January 7 – May 5, 2020


Waltham
Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am at Waltham Public Library, February 1 – May 2, 2020
Mondays, 10:00 – 11:30 am at Waltham Public Library, January 27 – May 4, 2020
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Waltham Public Library, January 27 – May 4, 2020


Winchester
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Winchester Public Library, January 29 – May 6, 2020
Fridays, 10:00 – 11:30 am at Winchester Public Library, January 31 – May 8, 2020
Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am at Winchester Public Library, February 15 – May 9, 2020


Woburn
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at English at Large Office, January 30 – May 7, 2020

 

Questions?  Please call our office at 781-395-2374

 

 

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800 West Cummings Park, Suite 5550
Woburn, MA 01801
tel : 781.395.2374
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