Volunteers, English language learners and conversation clubs


26 06 2020

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Learning and Work Institute worked with Learning Unlimited to research and develop a new set of resources aimed at volunteers supporting adult English language learners and organisations using volunteers in this role. These resources are free to use for all. 

Developed with volunteers with little or no training or previous experience in mind, the resources are designed to support the delivery of conversation clubs and other volunteer-led language practice for adult English language learners. However, they will be useful to anyone engaged in delivering conversation-based English language practice. The suite of resources includes: 

  • A set of 15 units for conversation club sessions, with supporting guidance on using them to run a conversation club. 
  • A guide for volunteers supporting English language learners. 
  • A guide for organisations working with volunteers in English language provision. 
  • A conversation practice toolkit full of useful ideas, activities and resources. 
  • A report of the research. 
  • A set of four supplementary videos. 

To support the use of these resources, we are running five webinars, which you can sign up for below. Please note that the second ‘intro’ webinar will be a repeat of the first one.

  1. Monday 13 July 2020, 4.00pm – 5.00pm: Introduction to Volunteers, English language learners and conversation clubs resources.
  2. Thursday 16 July 2020, 1.00pm – 2.00pm: Introduction to Volunteers, English language learners and conversation clubs resources.
  3. Wednesday 22 July 2020, 4.00pm – 5.30pm: Using the units and running a successful conversation club.
  4. Monday 27 July 2020, 12.00pm – 1.30pm: My role as a volunteer.
  5. Wednesday 29 July 2020, 12.30pm – 2.00pm: Tips for organisations working with volunteers.

If you would like to attend one of the webinars but are unable to, recordings of the sessions will be made available.

We have created a set of four complimentary videos supporting organisations to effectively plan and lead conversation clubs:

  1. Supporting volunteers
  2. Supporting learners
  3. What volunteers get
  4. Planning conversation clubs