Speak English Make Friends
Every Monday 2pm - 3pm during term time
Speak English Make Friends (SEMF) is a group of people giving and receiving practice in conversational English. Each session starts with a led discussion for the whole group on some topic (such as family, hobbies, hospitals, etc). We use teaching materials provided by AMES (Adult Multicultural Education Services). This is followed by individual conversations where each of the volunteers talks to one or two or three of the students.
There are usually about 20 students and six volunteers. The number of students is increasing and a sufficient number of volunteers is critical to enable learning.
The process is a two way street. The students are so enthusiastic and grateful and the volunteers are able to learn more about the students, their disappointments and their joys. We all feel we get more out of this activity than we put in.