English Conversation Corner

St Paul’s Cathedral and St James’ Old Cathedral, West Melbourne together run an English class program called English Conversation Corner.  It is to help those who want to improve their English speaking skills.

Unfortunately, due to ongoing COVID-19 Restrictions our English Conversation Corner program has been suspended until further notice. We hope to resume when we are able to – please keep an eye on our website for further information.

It is different from formal education. We have a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere where people feel safe to have a go and practise speaking English.  Every week we have different activities involving speaking in English about a wide range of different topics: everything from places of interest in Melbourne to finding a job.  Our students come from a wide range of countries, ages, social backgrounds, religions and English speaking abilities. We warmly welcome everyone over the age of 18.

The class runs twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays.


Please note that this class is very popular. We are only able to accept 60 students.  Once 60 students have arrived we cannot take any more and the doors will be closed.  You are strongly advised to arrive early so that you do not miss out!

2.10pmOpen and Registration
2.30 – 4pmEnglish Conversation Class
4.20– 4.35pmBible Story in English (Optional)
Simple English Worship Service (Prayers, songs and Bible Story) (Optional)
6.00pmFree Dinner (optional)
LocationCathedral Education and Ministry Centre, Chapter House Lane,
Melbourne, VIC 3000 (enter through the carpark opposite Federation Square).


A similar class is conducted by St James Old Cathedral in their Conference Centre,
Corner of King St and Batman St, West Melbourne, VIC 3003. Please note only 56 students can be accepted at the Wednesday class.

Booking Details

For both the Monday class and the Wednesday classes, you can just turn up on the day between 2pm and 2:20pm to be allocated a place in the class. Please arrive promptly to avoid missing out.

Find out more

Read more about ECC here or if you require any further information please email the Revd Canon Robert Vun.