ELI Reading Group

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

Reading Group

Hosted by Josh, one of our ELI Pedagogy Specialists, The ELI Reading Group is your opportunity to challenge your reading skills by reading popular works of writing in English and then discussing those works with others.

For the Spring Quarter, we will be reading the first novel by Tommy Orange, a writer who is a citizen of the Arapahoe and Cheyenne Tribes of Oklahoma.  There There tells the story of a number of American Indian or Indigenous American characters. The novel explores these characters’ lives and struggles with identity as urban residents in the United States with a unique cultural heritage that predates the arrival of European colonizers in the new world. The characters come together at a Powwow, or traditional gathering being held in Oakland, CA. The novel was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and should provide a glimpse into a community in the United States that, as a reading group, we have not explored together yet.

For the latest news updates on our discussions each week, visit The ELI Reading Group Blog.

All proficiency levels are welcome*

UChicago Weeks 2 – 9

Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 PM

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



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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