New “Let’s Speak English” Conversation Groups for International Adults

By Michelle S. RSS Fri, December 3, 2010

The Free Library is proud to offer “Let’s Speak English” conversation groups at several of our 54 locations throughout the city. These weekly conversation hours will allow adult language learners to build their confidence and skills in conversational English in a relaxed and friendly environment. Discussion topics will be determined by group interest and suggestions. Possible topics may include small talk, foods, holidays and customs, shopping, travel, or common American slang. Participating is free, but registration is required. Please call or stop by a participating Library branch to sign up. 

The Free Library strives to provide comprehensive access to information for all of the city’s diverse citizens, including international adults now calling Philadelphia home. These discussion groups offer a safe and stress-free environment for individuals to practice speaking conversational English and refine the skills they need for successful communication in everyday situations. We’re proud to offer programs, services, and resources that celebrate and explore the wide range of cultural heritages shared by our customers.

Conversation groups are taking place at branches throughout our system, including:

Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch
Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Now through April 28, 2011

Fumo Family Branch
Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Independence Branch
Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Kensington Branch
Saturdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Mondays, 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

April 11 through June 6, 2011

Northeast Regional
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Paschalville Branch
Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Parkway Central Library, Government Publications Department
Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
April 14 through May 26, 2011

Ramonita de Rodriguez Branch
Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
April 28 through June 23, 2011

Richmond Branch
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
April 14 through May 31, 2011

Welsh Road Branch
Saturdays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Now through April 30, 2011

Wynnefield Branch
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
May 4 through June 29, 2011

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I would love to find a "Let's Speak Spanish" group to help those of us trying to keep up (or get back) our language skills. We have so many native speakers in the tri-state area. This is an untapped resource.
Katie - Philadelphia
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hear, hear! I second Katie's proposal for a Let's Speak Spanish group. My skills are rudimentary for now, but perhaps next year I'll be strong enough to benefit from such a group.
Shane - South Philadelphia
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Are these groups appropriate for ESL/non-native speakers of English?
Joe - Philadelphia
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Shane and Katie: Thanks for your suggestion of a conversation group for Spanish speakers! It's a great idea, and I've passed it along.

Joe: Yes! ESL/non-native English speakers are exactly for whom these "Let's Speak English" groups are designed.

Michelle S. - Free Library of Philadelphia

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I am very much excited to be inform with this kind 0f information.English is our major speaking language in the with all due respect i am intresed.
John T kettor - philadelphia
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wed,March 10,2011,I'm very very like to go to library "Let's speak English ".I'm 50 years old now.I hope my English will step by step go on,and then I can find a job at Walmart,Shoprite,..
Linh - Philadelphia
Thursday, March 10, 2011

I would also suggest a group for teens, who could practice English with teens. The idea for a Let's speak Spanish" group is also terrific. Perhaps you could combine the two types of groups, with a segment to practice English, and then a reciprocal segment to practice Spanish.
Julia - Phila
Monday, March 14, 2011

How about a "Let's speak French" group? There are many students of French in the Philadelphia area (whose first language might or might not be English), as well as native speakers of French from Africa, Haiti and other countries including France, who'd like to speak French with others and help them learn it.
Barbara - West Philly
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Update: The group at Independence branch meets on Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm. All adult learners of English, whatever your skill level, are very welcome! -Kristina, Let's Speak English! Conversation Group Facilitator at Independence Branch
Kristina - Philadelphia
Sunday, March 20, 2011

I am very interested in learning English conversation. I am a student of Upenn. How can I get involved?
Hogyun - Philadelphia
Thursday, February 2, 2012

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Shampa Thakur - Delhi
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Very useful post for learners
Philip from Justlearn - Haderslev
Saturday, April 27, 2019