conversation classes

“Pauline Adams, leader, with students who have been attending her conversation group for 20 years or longer: Sylvia, Michael, Alistair, David, Rosalyn and Rod” .

Conversation groups for 2021 start on 4 February and finish on 9 December. They will be held over 4 terms:

Term 1: Monday 1 February to Friday 2 April
Term 2: Monday 26 April to Friday 25 June
Term 3: Monday 19 July to Friday 17 September 
Term 4: Monday 11 October to Friday 10 December

Time and Location

Conversation groups are held on Thursday evenings from 7.00 to 9.00pm at the Notaras Multicultural Centre (2nd Floor, Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra City). Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, conversation classes will not be held in term 1 2022.

Leaders and content

Groups are led by dedicated volunteers who have a solid background in the Italian language. The aim of the conversation evenings is to reinforce people’s learning of the language in a friendly and non-threatening environment, and to encourage people to speak and practise as much as possible.

Naturally, the conversation will depend on the interests of leaders and the individual group members, so it’s up to everyone to think of interesting topics to discuss.  Upon request, group leaders are happy to give advice on grammar and correct usage of Italian words, keeping in mind that the focus of these evenings is conversation.

Enrolment and Fees

In order to attend Conversation groups, you must be a financial member of the Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra. Membership costs $50 per calendar year (Jan-Dec) for individuals and $25 for pensioners.

Fees for Conversation Group sessions are as follows:

$130   for the full year (four terms)
$40    per term
$5     per ad-hoc session attended

The conversation group sessions are FREE for all students who are already enrolled in a formal grammar class. All you need to do is fill the enrolment form.

Payment can be made during the first class or in advance. Advance payments are to be made by cheque, cash or deposit to the “Dante Alighieri Society” – BSB: 082 902 – Account No: 515 003 825.

Please include your surname and initial as a reference when paying electronically and do not forget to fill in the online enrolment form

What level are you?

When you come to your first conversation class our friendly Committee members and group leaders will be able to give you guidance as to the level of conversation group suitable for you. It is always possible to try out different groups to find what suits you best.