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 Orange World by Karen Russell. This collection of short stories was widely reviewed as one of the best books of the year when it was published in 2019. Russell is known for her humor and her way of creating unexpected situations that both seem as if they are part of our everyday experience and as if they come from a parallel universe where fairy tales are part of real life. It will be interesting to switch from reading sections of a longer novel to reading individual, self-contained stories for our discussions each week.

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, 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.

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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.”

Dafei

Postdoc

“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”

Shin'Ichi

Masters Student

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