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Conversation groups

Conversation Groups

Do you speak English as a second language? Want to practise and learn more English in a supportive group? Then our conversation groups could be for you.

Through discussions, exchanging ideas and taking part in group activities, we will help you to become more confident in speaking English. The group is suitable for adults with Intermediate English language level or above.

All the sessions are free and online using Zoom

To take part you will need to use a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone and have a good internet connection.

Sessions take place:

  • 10am to 11am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • 2pm to 3pm on Wednesdays
  • 5pm to 6pm on Thursdays

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Welcome in many languages

Language Cafe

Meet up online for an informal language exchange and a fun way to learn new languages or practice your teaching skills. Build your confidence through reading, speaking and writing with native speakers. It’s also a great opportunity to meet and make new friends.

Languages available: English, Spanish and Vietnamese

All the sessions are free and online using Zoom

To take part you will need to use a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone and have a good internet connection.

Sessions will be online at: 2pm to 3pm on Mondays

The maximum group size is 8 people per session, you can book a free place using our secure online booking site.

To express interest in sessions please contact:

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Community and Family Learning

Our courses are delivered via our new eLearning platform, which will enable you the flexibility to learn from the comfort of your home and at your own pace.

We are running courses throughout the year on a variety of subjects – all designed for people who are looking to learn something new, fill skills gaps, explore an interest, build up confidence, or those considering voluntary work or moving into employment. Courses we have run in 2020 include Photo Editing, Programming using Python, Mindfulness, Drawing basics and Parenting Teens.

The great thing is, you don’t need any prior skills or qualifications to sign up – plus the courses are free if you’re in receipt of certain benefits or on a low income.

Skills & next steps

Our courses are designed to help you either develop to get into work, or simply to build up your confidence with interests & fundamental skills:

  • Discovering your skills, achievements, attributes and interests
  • Exploring opportunities, sources of support and information
  • Activities to build your personal confidence
  • Flexible learning at your own pace

All courses are self-led allowing you to work at your own pace each week and include tutor engagement, as you will submit activities and receive learner feedback throughout.

Nottingham City residents who meet the following criteria are entitled to our course free of charge if they:

  • Are 19+
  • Are unemployed and in receipt of benefits
  • Are job seeking or working and earning below £16,009 annual gross salary
  • Have lived in the UK or an EU country continuously for the last three years on the first day of their intended course

Learners who haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the required three years are eligible if they meet the selected criteria.This criteria is set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

To register and book onto any of these courses you will need to enrol on our eLearning platform. You will need your library card number and password to access the courses.

Not a member of the library? It’s free to join and you can either join online or by visiting one of our reopened libraries or you can apply online. Applying online for a library card is quick and easy, we’ll email your library card within one working day so you can start using our free online services straight away.

What’s my password? Your password will be the pin number you set up when you first joined the library.

Forgotten your password? If you have a card, but have forgotten your pin you can request a new pin.

Lost your library card? Please email with your name, address and date of birth and we’ll check our records and email you a new card.

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