ELI Conversation Hour

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

Conversation Hour

Hosted by Ashley, one of our ELI Pedagogy Specialists, Conversation Hour gives you the opportunity to practice speaking English in a fun, relaxed setting. Each week, we have a new theme and/or topic to discuss, and you practice speaking and listening with other attendees.

You never know what to expect! One week might cover baseball idioms that North Americans frequently use, another might have a King Cake for Mardi Gras, and yet another might feature art sponsored by the Art Institute of Chicago.

Each Conversation Hour is an opportunity for you to make new friends, pick up some new vocabulary, and most importantly, gain confidence when speaking in English.

All proficiency levels are welcome*

Mar 24, 2021 Update: Due to COVID-19, all Spring Conversation Hour sessions will happen online. You will need to RSVP in order to be sent the link each week.

UChicago Weeks 2 – 9

Time: Tuesdays, 10-11a (Chicago Time); begins April 6

ONLINE (RSVP required)

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


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I took Spoken Communication: Fluency Building because I want to better understand people when they are talking and know how to answer questions in a proper way. My instructor shared with us a lot of useful skills in English speaking, I met a lot of friends there, and I enjoyed myself very much. If you are new to UChicago and want to learn local English, you should come and take this interesting course.”



“I attended Conversation Hour in the Spring, which gave me ample opportunities to practice English. The ELI plays a key role in making UChicago an inclusive community that values multicultural and multidisciplinary backgrounds. I would like all the future participants to know and be proud of the fact that their attendance itself is an enriching factor to the university”


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