Conversation Groups

The Conversation Groups Program has been an American Language Institute standard for more than 20 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.

Fall 2021 meetings are held both in person and on Zoom, and are 50 minutes long. All sessions are run on a “first come, first-served” basis so students are encouraged to arrive on time, if not early! “First come, first served” means that students do not need to register or sign up in advance; they just simply come to the session that they want to attend and the leader will take the first five students that arrive. 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 five 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.

Fall 2021 Conversation Groups will run September 7th to November 19th, 2021. Please check here for more information, including session times, leaders, and how to join.

Keep in touch with ALI leaders, ask questions, and stay updated on all programs via the ALI Slack Workspace and check out the ALI Conversation Groups Slack channel (#ali-conversatongroups-fall2021) for a dedicated space to chat with leaders and other students.

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Questions and comments regarding ALI’s Conversation Groups can be addressed to Shelly Snellman at