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.

We are now offering both in-person and online Conversation Circles. The in-person Circles will meet in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library. To join an online Circle, 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:

Day
Time
Leader(s)
Location
Tuesday
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Christine Jutres
Woodbury Room
Tuesday 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Mara Rockliff Woodbury Room
Friday
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Marcie Sclove
Join with Zoom

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