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Open Conversation Table (for learning English)

Adults of various ages and ethnicities having a casual conversation around a table

Are you looking to improve your English pronunciation, accent, or confidence in speaking? Join our Open Conversation Table to practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting.

The group, which is led by a volunteer who has worked internationally as an English tutor, is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate, and advanced speakers are welcome to join every Monday afternoon at the Downtown branch of the Portland Public Library.

For more information, please call (207) 771-2736 or stop by the Reference Desk on the lower level of the Downtown Library.

Upcoming Events:
Aug15
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Aug22
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Aug29
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Sep05
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Sep12
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Sep19
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Sep26
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Oct03
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Oct10
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Oct17
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Oct24
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Oct31
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Nov07
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Nov14
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Nov21
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Nov28
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Dec05
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Dec12
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.
Dec19
Open Conversation Table (for learning English)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Downtown Library, Meeting Room (5) Audience: Adults, Teens Practice speaking English with other adult learners in an informal and friendly in-person group setting. The group is free and open to the public.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced speakers are welcome.