ESL Conversation Groups
If you are a Purdue University student or scholar whose first language is not English, the Writing Lab's conversation groups are a terrific way to improve your fluency and expand your vocabulary. The conversation groups are also a great way to meet other Purdue community members, share perspectives and experiences, and learn more about other cultures.
Each week, the conversation groups will focus on a different topic. You will discuss these topics with fellow internationals and a Writing Lab consultant who can help you with vocabulary and expressions you may not know. The goal of the conversation groups is that you learn to speak more comfortably about topics that are important to you.
If you are an international undergraduate who would prefer to meet in a group with only undergraduates, you might be interested in our undergrad-only conversation groups, please click here.
To participate, just come to Heavilon 220 at the scheduled time.
Conversation Group Schedule
Spring Semester January 11-April 29
(No Meeting on January 18 or during Spring Break)
Monday 12:30-1:30 pm
Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30-10:30 am
Thursday 9:30-10:30 am
Friday 11:30 am-12:30 pm (TV Snack Chat)
Fall Semester Monday –Thursday Topics
(Fridays will be TV Snack Chats—see below for explanation)
- January 11-15: Sports & Exercise
- January 19-22: Current Events
- January 25-29: Weather
- February 1-5: Health
- February 8-12: Holidays
- February 15-19: Language Games
- February 22-26: Laws & Crime
- Feb. 29-March 4: Movies
- March 7-11: Politeness & Manners
- March 21-25: Money & Finance
- March 28-April 1: Open Topic
- April 4-8: Childhood & Family Life
- April 11-15: Small Talk
- April 18-22: Travel
- April 25-29: Dreams
Friday TV Snack Chats: View and discuss American TV shows, movies, advertisements with a focus on language and culture. Some weeks will include American snacks.
For more information, contact the ESL Coordinator Vicki Kennell.