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English Conversation Groups

If you are a Purdue University student or scholar whose first language is not English, the Writing Lab's conversation groups are a terrific way to improve your fluency and expand your vocabulary. The conversation groups are also a great way to meet other Purdue community members, share perspectives and experiences, and learn more about other cultures.

Each week, the conversation groups will focus on a different topic. You will discuss these topics with fellow internationals and a Writing Lab consultant who can help you with vocabulary and expressions you may not know. The goal of the conversation groups is that you learn to speak more comfortably about topics that are important to you.

Sign-up is available via our online scheduler. Use the drop-down menu for Group Programs. If you are unable to attend, please use the online scheduler to cancel the appointment.

Conversation Group Schedule

Spring 2020:

Conversation groups will begin on January 27. There will be no meetings during Spring Break (March 16–21).

Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Tuesdays 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursdays 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (TV Snack Chat*)
Fridays 11:30 am – 12:30 am

*Snack Chat includes watching and discussing episodes of TV shows while enjoying American snacks.

Spring 2020 Topics:

Jan. 27–31 Weather
Feb. 3–7 Cultural Stereotypes
Feb. 10–14 Friendship
Feb. 17–21 Language Games
Feb. 24–28 Current Events
Mar. 2–6 Proverbs & Sayings
Mar. 9–13 Technology
Mar. 23–27 Pets
Mar. 30–Apr. 3 Open Topic
Apr. 6–10 Faith & Religion
Apr. 13–17 Etiquette & Manners
Apr. 20–24 Advertising
Apr. 27–May 1 Vacations

For more information, contact Associate Director Vicki Kennell.

Tutoring Schedule & Locations

Schedule a tutoring appointment at any location with our online scheduler.

Please note: If you have issues logging in, please call the Writing Center for assistance scheduling your appointment

Phone: 765-494-3723

Main Location and Hours (Spring 2020)

Virtual Tutoring Only

Monday - Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

(Limited slots available for 6:00PM-9:00PM)

Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM