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.
Sign-up is available via our online scheduler. Use the drop-down menu for Conversation Groups. If you are unable to attend, please use the online scheduler to cancel the appointment.
Conversation Group Schedule
August 29 - December 9
(No Conversation Group on September 5, October 10 & 11, and November 23, 24, & 25)
Monday: 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Tuesday: 12:30-1:30 pm
Wednesday: 3:30-4:30 pm
Thursday: 2:30-3:30 pm (TV Snack Chat)*
Friday: 10:30-11:30 am
Aug. 29-Sept. 2: Sports & Games
Sept. 6-9: Jobs & Interviews
Sept. 12-16: Compliments & Insults
Sept. 19-23: Family
Sept. 26-30: Open Topic
Oct. 3-7: Cultural Stereotypes
Oct. 12-14: Money & Finance
Oct. 17-21: Food
Oct. 24-28: Language Games
Oct. 31-Nov. 4: Government & Politics
Nov. 7-11: Proverbs & Sayings
Nov. 14-18: Flora & Fauna
Nov. 21-22: Fashion
Nov. 28-Dec. 2: Holidays
Dec. 5-9 Hobbies
*TV Snack Chat includes watching and discussing episodes of TV shows while enjoying American snacks. These meetings will not follow the weekly topics.
For more information, contact the ESL Coordinator Vicki Kennell.