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.

Each quarter, as a group, we will read one longer work which we will discuss near the end of the term, and meet each week to discuss shorter works that share themes with the longer work.

For Winter 2021 quarter, we are reading The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. This short novel about a young girl growing up in Chicago was the One Book, One Chicago selection in 2009 and is a popular book throughout courses at high schools and colleges across the U.S.

For the latest news and links to the short works we are reading each week, visit The ELI Reading Group Blog.

All proficiency levels are welcome*

December 11, 2020 Update: Due to COVID-19, all Winter Reading Group sessions will happen online. You will need to RSVP in order to be sent the link each week.

UChicago Weeks 1 – 9

Mondays, 9a (Chicago Time)

(Cancelled on Mon, 1/18 due to the U.S. holiday of MLK Day)

ONLINE (RSVP required)

*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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