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.



January 17 to March 6

NEW LOCATION (as of Nov 1):

The Weston Game Lab, located on the first floor of John Crerar, 5730 S Ellis


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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“I was always nervous about talking in English especially in those situations requiring unplanned speech. Now after taking Spoken Communication: Fluency Building, I feel much more confident by the skills learnt in this class. In this course, all levels of English speakers are engaged because of the professional guidance as well as the relaxed atmosphere. So it is quite a helpful class!”


Non-degree visiting scholar

“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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