The library has free ESOL conversation groups for high-beginner to advanced level English speakers who want to practice their English. Our classes are led by trained volunteers. Classes are currently meeting online using Zoom and Google Meet. Practice your English from the comfort of your home. 

Being a part of our English Talk Time program will help you:

  • Practice and improve your English.
  • Increase your confidence.
  • Become more familiar with and feel a stronger connection to your community.
  • Learn about other library services.
  • Make new friends!

Class Schedule

Most English Talk Time classes meet once a week for 90 minutes. Some evening classes meet for 60 minutes (1 hour).

We have three 10-week sessions each year:

  • Fall session (beginning in September)
  • Winter session (beginning in January)
  • Spring session (beginning in April)

View our upcoming English Talk Time classes

Registration

Please complete a pre-registration form. Someone will contact you by phone or email after you submit your form. If you prefer to speak with someone by phone, please call our office at 617-376-1314.

Volunteer

Would you like to:

  • Work with people from other cultures and countries?
  • Help limited English speakers connect with their new community?
  • Learn techniques and activities to help adults speak English more fluently?

If your answers are YES, consider becoming a volunteer Talk Time facilitator. Talk Time is not an English class; it is an opportunity for adults learning English to practice what they already know. Volunteers work and train with an experienced ESOL specialist and then facilitate their own Talk Time group at a time and place convenient for them. For more information, please email quenglishtalk@ocln.org or call 617-376-1300 x5.

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English Talk Time coordinator Molly Makrogianis discusses the library's free conversation practice classes for English language learners in this video interview
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What do our students say?

“Thank you for providing me a place where I could meet new people and learn new cultural things when I moved here last year. I found a family-like environment when I needed it the most.”

“Every week I enjoy our Talk Time with you, especially during those crazy days, so I want to say thank you so much for everything that all of you do for us. Among many other things, with your help and respect, I can say today that I am proud to be an American citizen.”

“Thank you very much to my teachers. I am grateful to be part of this wonderful community.”

“I’m so grateful for the time, support, inspiration and knowledge our teachers share with us all of the time. These things make all of you not only teachers, it makes you amazing friends. The class time for me is the best part of the week.”

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