Conversation Hours for English, French, German and Spanish

A great way to improve your conversational skills in in a relaxed and supportive environment.


Groups meet during the Michaelmas and Lent terms to discuss topics of cultural, international or general interest (decided by the members). Each group is led by a native speaker who is there to help with language issues, to support conversation and to encourage debate. These are informal groups for those who have conversational ability but would like to develop the range and quality of their self-expression. NB, English and French groups will meet during Easter Term 2014.

For information about the CEF levels referred to in the language details please check the CEFR Self Assessment Grid.

English Conversation Hours


Are you a non-native speaker of English seeking to practise your
spoken English through friendly and informal conversation?

Intermediate

The Intermediate Conversation Hours are a great way to practice the spoken English of every-day life. They are suitable for learners comfortable in spoken interaction at CEFR level B1 and above. The weekly sessions encourage a relaxed and fun approach to communication designed to both aid interaction and build confidence.

Advanced

The Advanced Conversation Hours provide a relaxed weekly session, focusing on the type of language used in discussions and debates. They are suitable for learners comfortable in spoken interaction at CEFR level C1 upwards. Typical session topics include news events or social/political/cultural issues. The groups thrive on diversity and everyone is encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions at the same time as learning techniques for getting their ideas across, becoming clearer and more verbally precise.

Time and place

  • Intermediate: Thursdays, 12:00 - 13:00, in Teaching Room 1 (1st session for Easter Term - 24th April)
  • Advanced: Tuesdays, 12:00 - 13:00, in Teaching Room 1 (1st session for Easter Term - 22nd April)
  • Advanced: Wednesdays, 12:00 - 13:00, in Teaching Room 1 (1st session for Easter Term - 23rd April)

Cost

The cost for 6 sessions in Easter Term is:

  • £25.00 for students
  • £30.00 for staff
  • £35.00 for partners and visiting scholars

To book for the English Conversation Hours for the Easter Term please send an email to enquiries@langcen.cam.ac.uk.

French Conversation Hours


If you have already achieved a level of language above that offered in the CULP French classes then these conversation hours may be for you. They aim to maintain or improve your fluency and to help you become comfortable with chatting and discussing in another language.

The groups provide an opportunity for students at advanced level (CEFR Level B2/C1 upwards) in French to practise and improve their language skills, particularly in speaking and listening, and also in reading and writing where appropriate.

Time and place

  • Thursday 12:00 - 13:00, Teaching Room 2 (New Easter term pilot - 1st session 1st May)

Cost

The cost for 6 sessions in Easter term is:

  • £25.00 for students
  • £30.00 for staff
  • £35.00 for partners and visiting scholars

To book for the French Conversation Hours for the Easter Term please send an email to enquiries@langcen.cam.ac.uk.

German Conversation Hours


If you have already achieved a level of language above that offered in the CULP German classes then these conversation hours may be for you. They aim to maintain or improve your fluency and to help you become comfortable with chatting and discussing in another language.

The groups provide an opportunity for students at advanced level (CEFR Level B2/C1 upwards) in German to practise and improve their language skills, particularly in speaking and listening, and also in reading and writing where appropriate.

Time and place

  • No session will be held in Easter term. New groups will start in October 2014.

Spanish Conversation Hours


If you have already achieved a level of language above that offered in the CULP Spanish classes then these conversation hours may be for you. They aim to maintain or improve your fluency and to help you become comfortable with chatting and discussing in another language.

The groups provide an opportunity for students at advanced level (CEFR Level B2/C1 upwards) in Spanish to practise and improve their language skills, particularly in speaking and listening, and also in reading and writing where appropriate.

Time and place

  • No session will be held in Easter term. New groups will start in October 2014.


If you have any queries please email enquiries@langcen.cam.ac.uk