SAVTE has around 18 conversation groups regularly meeting across the City of Sheffield.
These groups are a great way for learners to practice their speaking and listening skills in an informal and friendly setting. They are often a stepping stone into formal classes, helping them to develop essential skills in listening, speaking and comprehension.
What learners can expect from relevant groups:
- Additionality to formal classes for ESOL learners
- A stepping stone into formal learning
- Limited access provision (When the learner has no other options available to them)
- Learners can make new friends from their community, helping to give them confidence and additional help.
As one of Sheffield leading ESOL providers, SAVTE’s experience is that these groups are of high and lasting value to learners and also for the many volunteers delivering their ongoing and extensive provision.
Learner comments …
Neegat: “I come here to improve my English, I can’t go to other classes because I have children. I had one friend before, now I have lots of friends.
My teachers here have given me the confidence to speak”
Chi: “We’ve learned very useful information about the NHS, we can talk about the topics we want to learn about, I really prefer the Conversation Groups – we can ask more questions here”
Samira: “I’ve connected with new friends – I’m more confident”
Fatima “I have improved, my English is better than before, I talk with my children more in English”
Nadia: “I have got better, I have more confidence to speak to people”
I come here to improve my English, I can’t go to other classes because I have children. I had one friend before, now I have lots of friends. My teachers here have given me the confidence to speak- Neegat
Saiqa: “We have a good conversation here, I don’t go to any other classes”
Jali: “I like this Conversation Class, it’s good because it’s near my house – We can read and write, we really need practice to speak”
Surab: “We learn how to get on with life in England and our community, it’s a great place to meet people and make friends”
Sultana: “This class has helped build our self confidence, our teacher took us to the library and we used the computers there”
Rabiya: “Our teacher always helps us and our English is getting better!”
Sozan: “We just do reading & writing at my other class coming here really helps me with speaking and listening, It’s very good that the teachers are local from Sheffield”
Sara: “This class is very good because here we can speak about anything, we learn about Sheffield & the things we want to study”
Golnaz: “Our other class is very busy, small groups are better – we have more chance to speak – this is a place to practice our speaking”
If you would like further information about Conversation Groups please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0114 253 6644 – Kerry