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Teaching & Learning Center

Chat Café

Practice Your English Speaking and Listening Skills

Many students comment that they have some difficulty understanding rapidly delivered lectures, and may lack the confidence or vocabulary to engage in verbal conversations with American classmates. 

The Chat Café offers a comfortable and informal environment for anyone, especially international students, to practice speaking and listening to English. 

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Group Activities

  • Each group is led by an English speaker. 
  • We talk with each other, and we also listen to recorded media to practice hearing comprehension. 
  • We also make friends with each other across national boundaries. 
  • There are no assignments, and the atmosphere is very informal. 
  • Everyone is welcome.

What subjects do we cover?  Anything that you want to talk about!

Days, Times, and Location--Spring 2019

Tuesdays at 1pm in the  Teaching & Learning Center,

Thursdays at 4pm in the  Teaching & Learning Center, and

Fridays at 9am, 11am & 12pm in the  Teaching & Learning Center

  • The focus of Chat Café workshops may change each week; topics will vary.
  • You are welcome to bring food and drinks.

Everyone is Invited to Join In!

If you are already skilled in English, please join us. You can contribute to the learning process and meet some new friends as well.

What Students Say

JunKai Jin, writing in “The Script”, Foothill’s Student newspaper, 20 June 2017

 As an international student who has adapted to US culture, I have some suggestions for my classmates. Most of the international students are not really good at English when they just come here, and then most of them are afraid of communicating with the native speakers and only meet friends who come from the same country as them. As a result, they don’t have the chance to speak English and cannot improve without practice. Don’t be afraid of using English to communicate with other students. Use English as much as you can, because practice is the best way to improve English.

The Chat Café exists to help with this!


If you have questions, ask the people at the Teaching & Learning Center front desk or send an e-mail to  TLC@fhda.edu.


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Spring 2019 Hours (4/8/2019 - 6/28/2019)

Monday – Thursday 7:45AM to 7PM
Friday 7:45AM to 4PM

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