English Conversation Groups

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Important Note:
Our English Conversation Groups are only open to Yale affiliates. Questions? Email Associate Director of Engagement, Molly Hampton. Our fall sessions end on December 8, 2022 and will resume in late January 2023.

Fall Schedule for OISS English Conversation Groups

This fall, we are excited to offer the Yale community a hybrid schedule of English Conversation sessions.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Yale students, scholars, or their family members
  • You must be fully vaccinated and boosted, and be able to provide proof of vaccination if asked
  • These classes are for adults only; please do not bring your children with you to class
  • We will also be following all university event and mask guidelines

At these sessions you can expect to:

  • practice your English conversational skills
  • check in and connect with other international community members 
  • get to know local volunteers who lead the sessions

Fall Schedule: 

Please review the schedule below for the fall and note the different start dates for each volunteer facilitator. There is no registration needed for these sessions, you can simply show-up to attend, but please confirm your eligibility above. 

These sessions will run until Thursday, December 8, 2022. They will restart at the end of January 2023. 

General Notes:

  • All sessions will take place from 1:15-2:15pm. Please note that OISS will be closed from 12-1pm every day for lunch, so please don't arrive any earlier than 1pm for the sessions. 
  • All in-person sessions will take place downstairs at OISS, 421 Temple Street. There will not be a Zoom option for in-person sessions. 
  • The virtual session will take place on Zoom; please email Molly Hampton to receive the Zoom link. 
  • Mondays - Facilitator Ron, in-person (beginning September 12)
  • Tuesdays - Facilitator Robert, virtual (beginning September 27)
  • Wednesdays - Facilitator Suzanne, in-person (beginning September 21)
  • Thursdays - Facilitator Michael, in-person (beginning September 8)
  • Fridays - Facilitator Charlie, in-person (beginning September 9)

No sessions on the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24, 2022
  • Day after Thanksgiving, Fridays, November 25, 2022

Additional English Language Programs at Yale

The English Language Program at Yale (ELP)

The ELP was created specifically to support the English language academic and professional development needs of Yale students and scholars. 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.

Yale English Language Institute

Offered during Yale Summer Session B, these non-credit summer certificate programs offer international students the opportunity to participate in the classroom experience offered by our amazing instructors. You'll  improve your English and develop skills that will help you with your academic or professional careers.

Additional English Language Programs in the Community

Please see our English Resources & Adult Education page for more programs & resources.