English Conversation Circles

About

English Conversation Circles (ECC) provide opportunities for newcomers to practice English, build confidence, meet new people, and have fun!  Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level Circles are offered.

Circles will continue to be hosted online through Zoom.

If you need help deciding on your level, see below: “Which level is right for you.

 
Which level is right for you?

All Circles are led by English-speaking volunteer hosts. Please be aware that Circles are not classes or lessons. They are groups where discussions are about things that interest you. 

Beginner

  • I can understand better when people speak slowly, clearly, and with not too many words.
  • I don’t know many words in English.
  • I find it difficult to speak in complete sentences.
  • I often have to repeat myself and use gestures to be understood.
  • I often need to stop and ask for help to say what I mean.

 

Intermediate

  • I usually understand speakers of English. I sometimes have to ask them to repeat.
  • My vocabulary is basic, but usually adequate.
  • I still make mistakes in grammar and pronunciation.
  • People I’m talking to can usually understand me.
  • I sometimes need to pause to figure out how to put my thoughts into English.

 

 Advanced

  • I can understand most things that people say to me.
  • I have a fairly large vocabulary.
  • I can use most verb tenses without errors.
  • I converse quite comfortably without too many pauses.

Details

Dates

Fall 2021 English Conversation Circles begin the week of September 20, 2021

Thursdays | September 23 – December 2, 2021
Beginner with Avria – 1:00 pm -2:30 pm
*No class on National Day for Truth & Reconciliation September 30th, and on Remembrance Day, November 11th

Tuesdays | September 21 – November 23, 2021
Intermediate 
with Kristin – 2:45 pm- 4:15 pm

Thursdays | September 23 – December 2, 2021
Advanced with Arlene & Liam – 10 am -11:30 am
*No class on National Day for Truth & Reconciliation September 30th, and on Remembrance Day, November 11th

*Sign up is limited to one circle per participant.


Requirements

Kits House membership


Program Fee

$35

How to Register

  1. Click the Register button to signup online through Eventbrite. Eventbrite will say this program is free, but there is a cost.
  2. Click Pay Program Fee button on the right to pay. Paypal and credit card accepted.
  3. Click Get Kits House Membership on the right to pay for your $10 annual membership. Memberships are valid from May of the current year to April of the following year.
Getting yourself ready for your circle
Participants will need to do the following well in advance of the first English Conversation Zoom meeting:
  1. Please commit to attending all the meetings. Space is limited and we don’t want to waste the opportunity for others.
  2. Before the first meeting, download the Zoom application onto your device from:
    https://zoom.us/download
    Although mobile phones can work, we do not recommend them because of their small screens.
  3. Be sure you know how to join a Zoom meeting and use basic Zoom controls.
  4. Five minutes before each session begins, log into Zoom so that you’re ready to start.

 

Contact

Faith Greer, Community Services Coordinator; faithg@kitshouse.org