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Dec 06 2019


8:00 am - 6:00 pm



English Conversation Time

English Conversation Time is a flexible program that gathers internationals and Americans for English practice, friendship, and cross-cultural exchanges. It meets every Friday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Christ Presbyterian Church.

English Conversation Time provides international students and visiting scholars with a safe, relaxed, outside-the-classroom opportunity to interact with individual Americans, American families and other internationals drawn from diverse backgrounds.  It’s a great opportunity for internationals to use English outside of a textbook and socialize.

Americans also benefit from the program as they learn from internationals about life in other corners of the world. It is a great way for them to expand their horizons and learn about the different cultures represented in Madison as well as to develop friendships with individuals from other countries and help them with cultural adjustments.

The Center for International Education at Madison Area Technical College (MATC), English as a Second Language (ESL) at UW-Madison, Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute (WESLI), and the Dane County Literacy Network programs all view English Conversation Time as a strategic partner that provides a supportive environment for their students and helps them connect with the Madison Community.

  • For internationals, no need to sign up. Just show up.
  • To sign up as a native English speaker, click here.

Childcare is available for all ages.

Free rides to and from English Conversation Time are offered from the following locations:

  • Eagle Heights (Brown Shelter) at 5:15pm
  • Memorial Library at 5:30pm and 5:45pm
  • WESLI Dormitory (202 N. Hamilton Street) at 5:55 pm