Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Practice Speaking English at The Conversation Corner

Forsyth County Public Library, Lanier Technical College, and Literacy Forsyth are partnering to give adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students at the College, as well as members of the community, a place to practice their conversational English skills.

The program, called The Conversation Corner, is an 11-week series of meetings in which participants will discuss a particular theme, such as family, food, health, entertainment, and the community. A list of questions to get the conversation rolling between participants will be provided for each session, along with a suggested English vocabulary list.

“Class time is never enough to provide ESL students with the speaking practice they need. This activity is a request by students for students. It is the practical expression of what they start in the classroom taken one step beyond,” says Laura Sanabria, Lead ESL Instructor at the Forsyth Campus of Lanier Technical College.

The Conversation Corner will be offered in both morning and evening sessions.

The morning session will meet at the Hampton Park Library at 5345 Settingdown Road on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., January 14 to March 25. The evening session will meet at the Sharon Forks Library at 2820 Old Atlanta Road on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., January 15 to March 26.

“The Conversation Corner is a great place for community members who are looking for an opportunity to improve their English Language skills.  This program is an excellent place to practice every day, REAL English conversation skills” says Annaliza Thomas, Executive Director of Literacy Forsyth.

Each meeting is limited to 30 participants and advance registration is requested.

“The Conversation Corner will offer a friendly and supportive environment for adults learning English to practice. Mistakes are an expected part of learning, and if students need help with a word or phrase, instructors and volunteers will be available,” says Laura Bradley, Program Manager at Forsyth County Public Library.

Participants may choose to attend as many or as few meetings as they like in both the morning and evening sessions. Participants may register online at by locating the session they wish to attend in the Event Calendar.