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.

Conversation Circles are now in-person! The in-person Circles will meet in the meeting rooms as noted below at the Jones Library.  Please know that new participants are always welcome!

Conversation Circle

The Circles meet according to the following schedule:

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Christine Jutres
Woodbury Room
Tuesday6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Mara RockliffAmherst Room
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Devorah Jacobson and
Bonnie Vigeland
Woodbury Room

Although the ESL Center is no longer offering remote conversation circles, you can still find Marcie Sclove's Friday 10 AM independent conversation circle by clicking here.

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 join us at the correct starting time!
Conversation Circle
Updated August 26, 2022