What is Conversation Class?
Conversation Class is where you can practice just speaking.
In a typically English class, you study lots of grammar and lots of vocabulary. Your teacher will explain many things to you. The activities are more controlled, and in general you have less opportunity to speak. This is usually because you are concentrating on different skills in one class. For example, you can start the lesson with a listening activity, then follow this with a reading activity. After that, you may spend only the final 20 minutes of your class actually talking to your classmate.
But Conversation Class is a little different. It is all talking!
What Level Do I Need To Be?
We recommend that you are at least A2 or Pre-Intermediate. However, if you are A1 or Elementary and want to try our Conversation Class, please give it a go. We will always try to help you!
So How Does Conversation Class Work?
Naturally, each class has a structure. Your teacher will prepare topics for you and for your classmates, and you will receive help and feedback in every class. At the start of the lesson, your teacher will give you a topic. For example: What do you think about Brexit? Is it a good thing, or a bad thing? How is the Corona-virus Pandemic in your country? Is your government managing it better or worse than ours?
But Will I Learn Anything, Or Am I Just Talking?
Of course the idea is to talk as much as possible, and you might think you are making lots of mistakes. Don't worry! You teacher will still correct and help you. But the difference is that the lesson is a little bit more free than a General English class.
Let's just take that last question and examine it for a moment. How is the Pandemic being managed in your country? Is it better or worse than here?
What grammar can you spot here? Well, "better" and "worse" are both comparative adjectives. For example, "Better" is the comparative of "good", and "worse" is the comparative of "bad".
Your teacher will design the Conversation Class in such a way that you are using English grammar, and they will make corrections with you. This way, you get to practice lots of speaking, but at the same time you know that your language is focussed.
But overall, the idea is to talk as much as possible. Of course, in all our classes we encourage you to talk. In fact, this is part of LVC's mission to promote Learner Autonomy. But if you just want to practice speaking in a freer, more relaxed environment, then Conversation Class is definitely for you. Maybe you will even make some new friends!