SAVTE has around 25 conversation groups regularly meeting across the City of Sheffield.

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic these groups have now moved online, to see the groups available please visit the ‘Learning English‘ website.

The 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:

  • Learners can make new friends from their community, helping to give them confidence and additional help.
  • 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)

As one of Sheffield’s 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.

If you want to attend one of our Conversation Groups, please fill in this form.

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”

Fatima “I have improved, my English is better than before, I talk with my children more in English”

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”

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” 



If you would like further information about Conversation Groups please do not hesitate to contact savte at or call on 0114 253 6644