English Language Support

OISS offers free programs for improving English language skills. There are also a number of English language resources available at Yale and in New Haven. Check our Events calendar for periodic workshops addressing specific English-language topics.

English Conversation Groups

The Office of International Students & Scholars offers daily English Conversation Groups at the International Center for international students, scholars and their spouses and partners who wish to gain further experience speaking English as a foreign language. Open to all; no registration necessary.

Summer 2017:  June 5, 2017 - July 28, 2017
Monday - Friday, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
International Center, 1st floor conference room, 421 Temple Street

Fall sessions will resume the week of September 11th!

These popular volunteer-led groups provide an enjoyable, informal means for improving conversation skills and are also a good place for participants to meet new friends and explore topics in American culture.  While they are not formal classes, they are an excellent supplement to a course of study in English as a second language (ESL).

English Language Programs

Heralded for superior attention to the English language needs of Yale international students and scholars, the English Language Program at Yale (ELP) was created specifically to support their English language academic and professional development needs. The ELP offers academic courses in speaking, writing, vocabulary, Teaching in the American Classroom, and Professional Communication Skills to prepare students for their academic classes, teaching, professional presentations, and careers beyond Yale. The twelve-week courses meet in the Center for Language Study (CLS).  Well-equipped multimedia facilities with specialized software and self-study material are also available for use in the CLS by Yale international students and scholars with a valid ID.

Conversation Partners

Conversation Partners matches international students, scholars and their spouses/partners at Yale with volunteers from the New Haven and Yale communities for language and culture exchange. Throughout the year, you can add your name to the waiting list for a Conversation Partner by clicking the button below.  Matches will be made based on availability.

The time commitment is minimal and the possible benefits include:

  • Sharing your country and culture with others
  • Expanding your understanding of people, the world and cross-cultural communication
  • (for non-native English speakers) Improving your English through informal conversation practice
  • Learning or practicing teaching skills
  • Offering friendship across cultures

Meetings are scheduled for one hour per week at any mutually agreed upon on or off campus location. Minimum commitment is four weeks, with the aim to continue for at least one semester (12 weeks). The topic and format of the meetings is up to the participants. Most often, participants engage in informal conversation; however guidelines and suggestions for topics if desired are available through the OISS. Meetings are usually conducted in English and no knowledge of a second language is required or even necessary.

Add Your Name to the Waitlist