English Conversation Circle

conversation bubblesEvery Thursday at 1 p.m., people who are learning English gather for an hour to practice conversing in English in a casual, friendly setting.

A new name, the same welcome. Our group has been renamed from English Conversation Fellowship. We felt that the word “circle” was more accessible to English learners, than “fellowship,” in part because it is falls in line with other programs like ours. We continue to offer a casual, friendship-driven hour of chatting and learning to people in our community who need to increase their facility with a difficult language.

Getting to know each other. In the autumn months, we were new at working together and new at what we were doing, just as our guests were new to this country and new to this church. Our guests come from different countries – Iran, Albania, Romania, Portugal, Korea and China. All are not at the same level in their English ability but we quickly found that laughter and friendliness are universally understood, which drew us together.

Highlights of the past year. At our last meeting before Christmas, we each spoke about a “highlight” (a new word) of the past year. One guest mentioned that the highlight for him was meeting one of the other guests. That was a holy moment, and we reflected that meeting one another had indeed been a highlight for all of us. We were pleased to see three of our guests at Sing and Ring, enjoying the music (another universal language!). One of our guests frequently comes to one of our church services, valiantly trying to understand the sermon!

If you know someone who would benefit from some friendly English practice, let them know that we meet on Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Garnsworthy Room. We welcome newcomers! Details about the group can be found here on the website, or you can contact the office at 416-225-6611 or at welcome@sjym.ca.


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