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ESL 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 Conversation Groups. If you are unable to attend, please use the online scheduler to cancel the appointment.

Conversation Group Schedule

Fall 2018: September 3 - December 7

No meetings on Fall Break or Thanksgiving Break

Mon 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Tues 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wed 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thurs 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Fri 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (TV Snack Chat)

*Snack Chat includes watching and discussing episodes of TV shows while enjoying American snacks. These meetings will not follow the weekly topics.

Sept. 3-7 Friendship
Sept. 10-14 Money & Finance
Sept. 17-21 Sports & Exercise
Sept. 24-28 Politeness & Manners
Oct. 1-5 Music
Oct. 10-12 Climate Change
Oct. 15-19 Fads & Fashion
Oct. 22-26 Laws & Crime
Oct. 29-Nov. 2 Language Games
Nov. 5-9 Politics
Nov. 12-16 Daily Life
Nov. 19-20 Open Topic
Nov. 26-30 Food
Dec. 3-7 Winter

For more information, contact the ESL Coordinator Vicki Kennell.

Tutoring Schedule & Locations

Visit us in Heavilon Hall 226, Purdue University, West Lafayette campus.

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

Phone: 765-494-3723

Fall 2018 Hours
Heavilon 226
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Satellite Locations and Hours

Fall 2018

HSSE Library - Collaborative Study Center (CSC)*
Monday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Asian American and Asian Resource and Culture Center (AACC)*
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mechanical Engineering (ME)*
Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Appointments required at all locations.

*Same-day appointments only. Spaces released at 5:00PM each day.