Conversation Groups

The Conversation Groups Program has been an American Language Institute standard for more than 10 years. It aims at promoting English conversation between USC’s international and native English-speaking populations. This FREE resource is an excellent way for international students to supplement their studies; it provides a venue in which they can practice their growing English skills with a native English-speaking USC student in a casual environment. Past participants have reported an improvement in their English speaking fluency, a comfort in interacting with English native speakers, and a higher level of confidence in the English language. Meetings are held at TCC 221 and are 50 minutes long. All sessions are run on a first-come-first-serve basis (capped at 5) so please arrive on time, if not early! Students may attend as many sessions as they wish; there is no limit to the amount of sessions a student may attend. Students may attend back-to-back sessions but only if the second session does not have 5 new students in attendance.

Please note, the program is open to all international students; however, in the event of overflow, priority will be given to current ALI students.

Our Fall 2017 Conversation Groups will begin September 5th and will run until November 21st.  Please check here for session times, leaders, and locations.

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Questions and comments regarding ALI’s Conversation Groups can be addressed to Shelly Snellman at hacco@usc.edu.

Academic and Professional English Language Instruction