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 will talk about a new board game topic, learn new board game vocabulary, and 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.

Board Game Group is held in person. 

RSVP will be sent out in weekly emails to the listserv. Please use the Sign up now button in the yellow box below to join the listserv and receive weekly email updates.

UChicago Weeks 2 – 9, Fridays

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Chicago Time

RSVP required*

Any questions?
email sdunkle@uchicago.edu

*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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Board Game Group helps me improve my English by participating in role playing games. In the whole process we need to do tons of reading (of instructions), listening, and talking. It helps me practice my English outside class, makes me more confident when speaking English in daily life, is a break from studying, and most importantly, is a chance to have fun with friends. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their English while having a good time.”


Masters Student

Reading Group has improved my English ability, especially my reading speed and ability to explain things objectively. The selected books encouraged me to continue reading and I learned some nuances between words that native English speakers might feel when they read the same text. Board Game Group helped develop my strategic thinking in English. I could practice bluffing and negotiating skills in English. Compared with usual English classes, these activities provide opportunities to practice practical communication skills in a casual and friendly atmosphere.”



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