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 Autumn Quarter, we will be going to the archives of the One Book One Chicagoprogram. The 2017-2018 selection was a biography of the Chicago-based singer Mavis Staples called I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staples Singers and the Music that Shaped the Civil Rights Era written by Chicago journalist Greg Kot. While Mavis Staples has been a famous figure in R&B, Soul and. Gospel music her entire life, she has been increasingly recognized in recent years as the subject of the recent HBO documentary Mavis!, a featured performer in the award winning documentary and concert film Summer of Soul: (Or, when The Revolution Could Not be Televised) and winner of a 2022 Grammy Award for Best Album based on her work with Jon Batiste on We Are!

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

Thursdays, 5-6 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”


Masters Student

Socialize with us:









ELI Social Media Blog




Join our Listserv