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Library offers English conversation classes
For adults to practice speaking
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Forsyth County News

Groups interested in adult literacy want those learning English as a second language throughout the Forsyth community to join the conversation.

Forsyth County Public Library, Lanier Technical College and Literary Forsyth are partnering to give adult ESL students a place to practice their conversational English skills, whether they are students at the college or simply living in the county.

The Conversation Corner is an 11-week series of meetings in which participants will discuss a particular theme, such as family, food, health, entertainment and the community. A list of questions to get the conversation rolling between speakers will be provided for each session, along with a suggested English vocabulary list.

“Class time is never enough to provide ESL students with the speaking practice they need,” said Laura Sanabria, lead ESL instructor at the Lanier Tech campus in Forsyth County. “This activity is a request by students for students. It is the practical expression of what they start in the classroom taken one step beyond.”

Classes will be offered in both morning and evening sessions.

Morning sessions will meet at the Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road, from 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays on Jan. 14-March 25.

Evening sessions will meet at the Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays on Jan. 15-March 26.

“The Conversation Corner will offer a friendly and supportive environment for adults learning English to practice. Mistakes are an expected part of learning, and if students need help with a word or phrase, instructors and volunteers will be available,” said Laura Bradley, program manager for the library system.

Participants may choose to attend as many or as few meetings as they like in both the morning and evening sessions.

Anyone wishing to attend may register online at by locating the session they wish to attend in the event calendar.