5 Reasons to Attend a Second-Language Conversation Group

5 Reasons to Attend a Second-Language Conversation Group
At LRDG, we stress the importance of using a blended methodological approach for language learning. What this means is that we combine computer-based self-study with the support of a live tutor and provide plenty of opportunities for you to get together with other learners to practice your conversation skills. If you’re shy about attending a conversation group, like LRDG’s Coffee Break sessions, maybe these five reasons will convince you to take a break from the textbook (or screen) and get talking!

Real-World Fluency:

In a conversation class, chances are you’ll be exposed to a variety of personalities and accents and conversation topics will arise organically. This will improve your vocabulary, grammar, and speaking/listening skills, increasing your fluency in the real world!

It’s Fun:

The fastest way to master a new skill is to make it feel like play. When you’re having fun, you don’t even realize just how much you’re learning! Getting to know your fellow learners and discussing a variety of interesting topics is more likely to feel like an after-work happy hour than work itself.

Group Support:

The last way you want to feel while learning a new language is lonely! Attending conversation classes introduces you to other learners who’ll share your language-acquisition struggles and triumphs! Plus, your fellow learners may encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and build your confidence when it comes to speaking out loud. And who knows? They might also have language-learning tips and tricks to share!

Skills for Specific Environments:

Many conversation classes are organized around certain themes – like going to the doctor or participating in a meeting at work. You’ll gain direct experience and practice in navigating the environments that are important to the specific situations of your life.

Gives you the Chance to Make Mistakes…and Be Corrected!

It’s better to make a mistake speaking in a conversation class than it is, say, in a job interview! When you take a risk and practice your speaking skills in a conversation group, you give the teacher and the other students the chance to correct you…this helps you to learn, and eventually, to become fluent. After all, as physicist Niels Bohr says, “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.” So…the more mistakes you allow yourself to risk making, the faster you’ll become fluent!

Ready to join a conversation class? Come to our “Coffee Break” conversation group every Thursday evening at our offices (1407 St Alexander St, level 2) from 5:30 to 7:30. Practice speaking English or French with an experienced language teacher and a group of fellow learners.  Call us at 514-989-1669 to reserve your spot! We can’t wait to see you there!  We also have a variety of online learning programs to meet your language needs! Check them out.