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Conversation Club

At Orchard School Bristol in partnership with Bristol City Council, we offer a weekly Conversation Club aimed at people who speak English as a second language. 

Learners can practise conversation in an informal and relaxed setting, to build up their confidence and vocabulary, while meeting new friends. 

The difference between this and the ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) course is that it is more relaxed, and each week there is no strict structure to the sessions, with the trainers offering help in the areas you choose. 

Some topics we have discussed are:

  • Making phone calls to the bank, doctors surgery etc...
  • Food shopping
  • Parents' Evening
  • Jobs (interviews and going to the Job Centre)
  • Family

Our Conversation Club is a drop-in session and you do not need to book - come along, and see if it's the right group for you. It is run during term time, every Tuesday 9.30 - 10.30 and Wednesday at 4.30 - 5.30pm and in the CLC (the building at the front of the school). 

For more information please contact 0117 377 2000. 

Read all about it: Conversation Club proves a real hit

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course

There is currently no ESOL course being run at Orchard School Bristol, but we are aiming to restart the course as soon as we can. Watch this space for further details! 

Here are some useful links to help you improve your English language skills: 

BBC (Learning English) – A useful website for those at a beginners level, all linked to the language they need in their daily lives.

BBC (6-minute English) – 6 Minute English introduces podcasts for those at an intermediate level. However, if you are at a lower level it will help you to understand pronunciation patterns, slang, etc. Give it a try regularly, print out the PDF and practise reading aloud.

Easy World of English – A user-friendly website including grammar, pronunciation, reading and listening practices and an interactive picture dictionary.

British Council (Learn English) – A wonderful website for improving your grammar, vocabulary, writing, reading and listening skills.