ESL Workshop

The Literacy Center will be offering Practical English Conversation Tools for Work and Daily Life workshops to English Language Learners at an advanced level or above to improve their speaking and conversational fluency in English. Each workshop will focus on a specific functional language skill, such as: Expressing Opinion, Polite Interruptions, Asking for a Favor, Making and Responding to Apologies, etc. … all very practical skills at the workplace or everyday life.

Cost: $20 a session

What do we offer?

  • 4-hour long intensive workshops focusing on one language function with an experienced ESL instructor.
  • Substantial time to practice new expressions and apply them in specific situations.
  • Carefully designed materials to support step-by-step learning of the new conversation skills.
  • Additional follow-up practice packets to use after each session.

What will you learn during the first session?

  • Ask for help – “Could you open the door, please?”
  • Ask for permission – “I was wondering if could leave early today”.
  • Accept a request – “Sure, go ahead.”
  • Politely refuse requests with an excuse – “I’d be glad to, but I am helping another customer now.”
  • Write a request email.

How can you determine if you are at the right level for this class?

If you answer yes to all the questions below, you are at the right functional level for this class.

  • Are you able to have a simple conversation with a native speaker in English?
  • Are you able to follow simple instructions without seeing them in writing?
  • Can you understand a simple spoken announcement even if you don’t know the meaning of every word in it?
  • Do you know how to construct a simple email in English?

What technology is needed for the workshop?

  • Reliable internet connection
  • A reliable, functioning desktop computer, laptop, or tablet with a keyboard
  • Audio and visual capabilities (webcam/video, speakers or headphones, and microphone) appropriate for video conferencing

The March 20th workshop is full.

NEXT WORKSHOP: This workshop will take place over the course of two days, April 20th and 22nd, 6 pm – 8 pm on both days.  Refunds/discounts will not be issued if you can only make it to one 2-hour session.