About


SAVTE has around 24 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

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”

 

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

 

 

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”

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If you would like further information about Conversation Groups please do not hesitate to contact me at kerry@savte.org.uk or call on 0114 253 6644 – Kerry