I have a question. Would you help me?

Do native English speakers use a word 'study group' in real life?

I live in South Korea. And in my country, people join group activities to study English.

And we call that kind of activity as 'study group'.

So we say like this, "I join several study groups on the weekends."

But I'm not sure the word study group sounds natural to native English speakers.

I asked my teacher(Korean) and she said I could use a word, "English session."

Or other options are "English gathering" and "English meetup".

So which sounds natural to you?

  1. English session
  2. Englihs gathering
  3. English meetup
  • Did you look up "study group" in a dictionary? Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 18:30
  • Are you talking about the people, or are you talking about the meeting? Study group can refer to either, but what synonyms may be used will depend on which concept you are synonymizing.
    – choster
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 19:06
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    I participate in several study groups on the weekend. Sure, study group is used, especially at university level.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 31, 2019 at 22:48
  • It sounds like you’re using the term with a slightly different meaning than the most common one. Normally, a study group is pooled from the students of a particular course, department, class, year or similar, whereas what you’re describing sounds more like something more ‘public’, advertised and open to anyone. Where I live, such groups are frequently found in libraries and community centres, and I know from my time in Beijing that they’re also very common in China. People might call them study groups, but they’re slightly different from the primary association people have with that term. Commented Aug 31, 2019 at 23:03
  • Yes you're right. What I mentioned is not exactly what university students do in the school. And I was talking about the meeting itself. Anyway thanks everyone for your comments.
    – DKwon
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 5:21

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Opinion: The term "study group" is often used by native English speakers and given the alternatives that you've suggested I would say that "English study group" would be my preference over all of these. If your intent is to simply indicate participation in a particular time when the study group met I would go with "English class" (formally lead by an instructor) or "English study group session" (informally directed by the members of the study group)...

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    Yes, it is directed by the members of the group. In that case is it okay to use English study group session? Or can I shorten it like session?
    – DKwon
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 5:27
  • I would "English study group" because "session" has other meaning besides studying.
    – Neoheurist
    Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 22:09
  • Thank you for your kind comment!
    – DKwon
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 2:16

There is an American TV series Community, which revolves around people gathering to study Spanish (initially, but their activities quickly grow beyond that). It sounds similar to what you've described, and the characters always refer to this gathering as a "study group".

  • Oh thanks. So I can use the word study group. Although it is slightly different. Thanks everyone.
    – DKwon
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 5:21

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