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Speaking Practice - Three ways to go

Conversation Exchange

Conversation hours

Groups meet for six sessions during Michaelmas and Lent terms (and during Easter term subject to demand) to discuss topics of cultural, international or general interest. Each group is led by a native speaker who is there to help sustain momentum in conversation, encourage debate and support with feedback on language. These are informal groups for those who have independent conversational ability but would like to develop the range and quality of their self-expression.

In the French, German and Spanish Conversation Hours learners take it in turns to select a conversation topic, send round a web link to some pre-reading/listening material and draw up a short list of simple questions for small group discussion during the session.

The English groups are led by one of our ADTIS teachers and are available at Intermediate and Advanced level.

University students, staff, their partners and visiting scholars all welcome.

We charge a small fee for these sessions; please click "join" to find out more.

Language Booking
Arabic
Upper Intermediate - Advanced level B2/C1 level upwards
Mondays 13:00-14:00
Arabic
Chinese (Mandarin)
Intermediate 1 level B2/C1 level upwards
Mondays 12:00-13:00
English
English
Intermediate level B1+
Thursdays 12:00-13:00
English
English
Advanced level B2/C1
Mondays 12:00-13:00

Wednesdays 12:00-13:00
English
English
French
Advanced level B2/C1
Mondays 12:00-13:00

Fridays 12:00-13:00
French
French
German
Advanced level B2/C1
Mondays 13:00-14:00
German
Spanish
Advanced level B2/C1
Tuesdays 13:00-14:00
Spanish

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


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Conversation Exchange

Learners of any language, level or age, join and...

      • speak the language you are learning with a native speaker.
      • plan your own practice sessions in informal settings of your choice.
      • help someone learn your mother tongue.

FAQs

    • How does the Conversation Exchange work? You email the person and decide between you when to meet, where, for how long and how frequently.
    • Is it free? Yes!
    • When does it end? If you wish to discontinue your Conversation Exchange, inform the Conversation Exchange co-ordinator so a new match can be found for your partner.
    • Is it conversation only? You and your partner structure your own meetings.  Informal conversation is the main aim, but you may choose to incorporate other activities that assist with each other’s learning in a reciprocal way.
    • I don't live in Cambridge, could I do an online Conversation Exchange? Unfortunately, the majority of our learners prefer not to do this, as they feel they benefit more from a face to face exchange.

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Friends without Frontiers

A team of native speaker volunteers who will practice conversation and/or pronunciation in a language you are learning.

Very informal and friendly, the volunteers offer 20-minute sessions suitable for any level of learner.

Languages currently available:

Language Booking
Urdu Urdu
Ukrainian Ukrainian
Spanish Spanish
Russian Russian
Portuguese Portuguese
Polish Polish
Persian Persian
Norwegian
Norwegian
Japanese Japanese
Italian Italian
German German
French French
English English
Chinese Chinese
Arabic Arabic
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A great way to improve your fluency and expand your vocabulary in a relaxed and supportive environment.

The Advising Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing has boosted my confidence and enjoyment so much as having a Conversation Exchange partner.

Student