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English Conversation Group is an informal conversational group for immigrants living in Waiuku and surrounding districts who wish to improve their spoken English skills and get connected to more people in the community. English Conversation Group project becomes very relevant for our community as it enables the immigrants who have particular difficulty in integrating into community to connect to other people and gain confidence and self-esteem. It gives them a relaxed platform to make new friends cross-culturally, and learn from each other and most importantly get a better understanding of New Zealand Culture.

Anisha as part of her role as Young Families and Children’s Coordinator at St. Andrews Centre recognizes that the fear of speaking creates a huge stumbling block to immigrants, preventing many from integrating successfully into their local community and living to their full potential and this made her take the initiative in establishing an informal English Conversation Group. With the support of St Andrews Community Trust and a team of volunteers a comprehensive 5 week programme evolved that includes lots of sharing, laughter and chatter and successfully ran in 2017, 2018 and 2019.The group has a diverse group of people originating from India, Japan, China Tonga, Philippines, South Africa, and range in age from 23 to 80 years with one thing in common – the desire to improve their spoken English skills and make new friends.

Below is just feedback comment from one of the participants who travelled from Port Waikato to attend this program and improved her confidence!

“Thank you very much for wonderful classes. I could enjoy you and friends in Waiuku. I hope, see you again. I would love to come to the class next time too.”

The English Conversation Group for 2020 is below

English Conversation Program 2020

Week 1

Friday 28 Aug 2020

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Week 2

Friday 04 Sep 2020

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Week 3

Friday 11 Sep 2020

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Week 4

Friday 18 Sep 2020

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Week 5

Friday 25 Sep 2020

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

For any queries or to register your interest or interest of any one you know will benefit from this program in our community please email or text Anisha - 0220243425 or email:


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