English Conversation Groups
This program will provide English conversation groups for intermediate and advanced English as Second Language speakers. It is designed to serve individuals who need to improve their English conversational skills for employment or career/educational purposes. The groups will be led by US native English speakers, and will provide an opportunity for practicing English conversational skills in a relaxed and enjoyable way, without the pressure of speaking “perfectly”. Everyone in the group will have an opportunity to join the conversation about interesting topics.
Who can participate?
The program is designed to serve: individuals who are currently employed or working in internships and who use English in their job, individuals preparing for the conversational section of an English language exam, such as the TOEFL, or individuals planning career related travel or study in an English speaking country.
Participants must be at the intermediate or advanced level of conversational English, and be interested in improving their English conversational skills. Participants must be able to commit to regular group attendance. Preference will be given to those who have not participated in this program in the past.
When will the groups meet?
Groups will meet twice a week for four weeks during the month of January 2016, beginning on January 4th and ending on January 28th, for a total of 8 sessions. Both intermediate and advanced participants will have the choice of either a Monday and Wednesday meeting time or a Tuesday and Thursday meeting time. All groups will meet for 90 minutes from 6:45 to 8:15pm. Every effort will be made to accommodate your choice. However, space in each group is limited.
Registration and Selection Process
Those interested in this program must complete an electronic application, in English, including their identifying and contact information. Applicants will be asked to describe their need for improved English conversation, why they would like to participate in the program, and their previous English as Second Language training. Providing complete and detailed answers to the application questions will help in placing you in the most appropriate group.
On the application form, participants will also be asked to rank themselves as either an intermediate or advance English language speaker.
Intermediate English speakers can carry on a conversation using simple sentences about everyday topics such as work, pastime activities, etc. They are able to use vocabulary that will allow them to describe experiences and events, and give reasons and explanations for their opinions. They do not need to be expert in the use of various verb tenses.
Advanced English speakers can converse using a more complex sentence structure. They use vocabulary that allows them to converse on a wide range of subjects and can explain a viewpoint on a topic giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. They are comfortable using appropriate verb tenses.
The program will place participants in either an intermediate or advanced group with a native English speaking leader from the US. Group size will be limited to about 10 participants.
The application must be submitted electronically before Friday December 4, 2015 by email firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions, please contact Kyralina Zacarías, coordinator of American Corner, UDP by email or by phone at (562) 2676 8074.
* This program is free of charge for all participants