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Speaking Practice - Three ways to go

Conversation Exchange

Conversation hours

Groups meet for six sessions every term 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.

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. Intermediate level currently offered for French, Arabic and Japanese (subject to demand).

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
Intermediate  level B1
Tuesdays 13:00-14:00
Arabic
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
Intermediate level B1/B2
Mondays 12:00-13:00
French
French
Advanced level B2/C1
Wednesdays 13:00-14:00
French
German
Advanced level B2/C1
Mondays 13:00-14:00
German
Japanese
Intermediate level A2/B1
Wednesdays 18:00-19:00
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

      • speak the language you are learning with a native speaker.
      • Open to everyone: any language, age and level
      • 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.

Please note that volunteers need to be in Cambridge in order to help.

Languages currently available:

Language Booking
Arabic Arabic
Chinese Chinese
English English
French French
German German
Italian Italian
Russian Russian
Spanish Spanish
Ukrainian Ukrainian

External volunteers may be considered where there is demand for a language.


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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