ELI Board Game Group

Every quarter, the ELI hosts free, drop-in extracurricular activities

Board Game Group

Hosted by Shane, one of our ELI Pedagogy Specialists, Board Game Group gives you the opportunity to build confidence in using your English spontaneous speaking skills and critical thinking skills. Each week, we play a different game that highlights a particular skill set used in speaking English, such as:

Negotiation   Leadership    Deduction    Logic    Improv    Team building    Bluffing

Every Friday, Board Game Group is an opportunity for you to make new friends, have fun, and most importantly, gain confidence when speaking in English.

March 18, 2020 Update: Due to COVID-19, all BGG sessions will happen online. You will need to RSVP in order to join.

For more information or to RSVP, please email Shane at sdunkle [at] uchicago [dot] edu

Fridays (online)


March 27 – May 29


Drop in, no registration required*

*If you are not a UChicago degree-seeking student or postdoc, we may conduct a short interview to ensure that Board Game Group is a good fit for you.


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Spoken Communication: Conversation in Context is valuable because it made me realize some of the implicit information that we do not always pay attention to. Sometimes it is hard to give appropriate responses in a conversation without clear explanation about the underlying culture. Be sure to participate actively and bring your English/culture questions to the class. You will be able to gain a lot from it.”


Masters Student

“I took Spoken Communication: Conversation on Context because it is important to communicate well, especially in job interviews. You want employers to feel comfortable with you. I loved learning concepts like bluffing, which is more difficult for international students to do. You’re using other parts of your brain. Other students should take this class because of all the practice it gives you with a professor who is an expert in speaking. At the end of the day, if you want to stay in the U.S. and work, it is important to have excellent communication skills.”


M.S '18

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