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Free English Classes in Melbourne

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Published July 5th 2014
Too shy to speak English?
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Walk through the glass processional doors of the neo-Gothic transitional style Cathedral and you will find yourself in a beautifully serene space. The home church for Anglicans in Melbourne and Victoria is more than just a place of worship and prayer.

St Paul's Cathedral
Photo courtesy of St Paul's Cathedral

Located at the busy intersection of Swanston Street and Flinders Street, St Paul's Cathedral remains very much at the heart of city's social life. It works with the Lazarus Centre to collect weekly donations of food and clothing for the homeless, raise awareness to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, and support the commemoration of the liberation of Rwanda and bring Melburnians' attention to the country's story of hope and transformation through coffee growing.

St. James Old Cathedral, Melbourne
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St James' Old Cathedral is Melbourne's oldest church. Its simple beauty lies not only in being one of the finest example of Colonial Georgian aesthetic in Australia today but in its outreach to the local community beyond church services. It runs a children playground and is the weekly gathering place for Mandarin-speaking Chinese. Unknown to some, both Cathedrals conduct FREE conversational English classes every week.

What is this FREE English Class?
Illustration Copyright  Stepan Mares
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St Paul's Cathedral and St James' Old Cathedral have teamed up to offer conversational English classes called 'English Conversation Corner'. More often that not, the major challenge for non-English speaking new migrants and residents is feeling comfortable and confident at using the language.

Therefore both churches have created an informal and encouraging environment with different activities for students to practice speaking English with peers from different countries, ages, social backgrounds, religions and English speaking abilities. As you chat with new friends about topics like how to find accommodation in Melbourne, social issues or local politics, you will be improving your spoken English.

When do the classes run?

english conversation corner
Photo courtesy of St Paul's Cathedral

The classes run on Monday and Wednesday afternoons every week between St Paul's Cathedral and St James' Old Cathedral. Each class takes up to 56 students each week.

Monday classes are held in the Crypt at St Paul's Cathedral between 2.30pm to 4.45pm. There are optional English worship service and dinner thereafter for students who wish to stay on.

Wednesday classes at conducted in the St James' Old Cathedral conference centre from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. No bookings or reservations are available so places in the class are allocated each day between 1.50pm and 2.20pm.

Venue details

St Paul's Cathedral
Photo courtesy of St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral Crypt
209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Phone 03 9653 4333

St. James Old Cathedral, Melbourne
Photo from Monika & Manfred of Flickr

St James' Old Cathedral Conference Centre
Corner of King Street and Batman Street, West Melbourne 3003
Phone 03 9329 0903
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Hope there will be after 5pm and weekend schedules for the english language sessions. Thank you.
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