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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.

Spring 2022 Conversation Group Schedule

Conversation Group will not meet the week of Spring Vacation (March 14-19).

Mondays (Virtual) 10:30am - 11:30am
Tuesdays (TV Chat) 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Wednesdays 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Thursdays 10:30am - 11:30am
Fridays 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Weekly topics for Conversation Groups are as follows:

January 31-Feb 4       Idioms & Slang

February 7-11              Pets

February 14-18           Dating & Relationships

February 21-25           Annoying Things

Feb 28-March 4          Dreams

March 7-11                   Open Topic

March 21-25                Crime

March 28-April 1         Money & Finance

April 4-8                      Legends & Myths

April 11-15                    Weddings or Parties

April 18-22                  Science

April 25-29                  Vacation Plans


Note Regarding TV Chat Meetings

TV Chat groups (Tuesdays) will involve watching video content and pausing the video to have a discussion.


For more information, contact Associate Director Vicki Kennell.


Writing Consultations

Schedule a writing consultation/tutoring appointment at any location or register for our group programs with our online schedulerFace-to-face (in-person), online (live video chat), and etutoring (emailed feedback) appointments available.

Please note: You must be a Purdue student, staff, or faculty member of the West Lafayette campus to use our writing consultation services or attend our group programs. For assistance scheduling your first appointment, we've prepared a helpful guide to using our online scheduler, WCO. 


Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Evening and weekend hours may be available at our satellite locations or virtually as late as 9:00 pm, please check our online schedule for details on current availability.

Contact us

Phone: (765) 494-3723
Fax: (765) 494-3780

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