Conversation Circles

What is a conversation circle?

A conversation circle is a weekly opportunity for intermediate and advanced-level speakers of English to practice speaking in an informal setting. International visitors & immigrants are welcome.

WHILE WE'RE CLOSED: Conversation Circles will be offered online. To join, follow the Zoom links below during the scheduled times. And please note that new participants are welcome!
Conversation Circle
The Circles meet according to the following schedule:

Online Circle
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Christine Jutres
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Wednesday 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Devorah Jacobson Join with Zoom
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Susan Crim & Christine Jutres
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10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Marcie Sclove
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Please check the sign in the Jones Library lobby to find the meeting room.

Meet the Conversation Circle Leaders.

What will we talk about?

We will talk about everyday life in the United States (topics like money, healthcare, children, and schools), things to do in the Amherst area, and current events in the United States and the world. We will not talk about academic topics like history, science, literature, theory, philosophy, or research.
What should I expect?
You can expect to participate in conversation, discussions, role-plays, and speaking games. Do not expect homework, textbooks, tests, presentations, or formal language exercises.
What will I practice?
You will practice speaking, listening, vocabulary, and pronunciation. You will not practice grammar, writing, or reading.

Who can participate?

Conversation Circles are for intermediate and advanced-level speakers of English. Immigrants and international visitors are welcome.
How much does it cost?
This is a free program of the Jones Library ESL Center. The leader is a community volunteer.
How do I register?
You don't need to register and you don't have to come to every class – just come when you want to. But please come at the correct starting time – please don't come in late!
Can I bring my child along?
No. We're sorry, but we cannot provide childcare for these events.
Conversation Circle