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Instruction & Practice Small Groups

Practice speaking English informally

Instruction and Practice groups provide practice in speaking English, feedback from a trained instructor, and interaction with other Northwestern students and scholars. The setting is more intimate than a class, with a maximum of 6 students in each group. It is also more casual, spontaneous, and student-directed: the group's input and preferences will help set the agenda for what happens in these sessions. 

  • Sessions start in Week 2 of the quarter. Most groups meet synchronously each week over Zoom. Occasionally, practice groups will be offered in person.
  • These groups meet informally: participants are not registered in CAESAR and participation is not reflected on a student's transcript.
  • Participants are expected to attend regularly, and to interact and contribute actively in each session. Participants may also be required to complete up to 15 minutes' worth of homework (learning activities and/or preparation for upcoming meetings) each weekGroups are limited to six participants each
  • Small groups are designed for speakers at the intermediate and advanced levels of English proficiency.
  • Course facilitators have earned advanced degrees in linguistics, TESOL, or speech-language pathology, or are advanced PhD students with specific training in applied linguistics for English language teaching.
These groups are open to graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. For more information on who may participate, see our eligibility page.  Members of the general public should visit our resources page for more information on where to learn English in the Evanston and Chicago area