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 Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. Apparently, we enjoyed reading about crime so much in Devil in the White City, we decided to keep going with a classic, hard-boiled detective novel. This was Chandler’s first novel to feature Philip Marlowe, a private-eye who would be featured in dozens of stories and novels as well as nearly a dozen films (including a film adaptation of The Big Sleep made in 1946 and featuring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall). The plot of the novel follows Marlowe as he tries to solve a blackmail case which involves navigating the aristocracy and criminal underground of 1930s Los Angeles.

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.



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.”



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.”



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