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English Language Resources

Learning and studying in a new language can be challenging, especially when it comes to academic writing and communication. However, there are a multitude of English language resources available to assist you in improving your language skills, building confidence, and achieving academic success. Below you will find information on various language and communication resources available to the Northwestern’s international community.

English Conversation Practice

CCIS Conversation Partners & Group Meetings for Spouses

Volunteers from Northwestern's Community Council for International Students (CCIS) are available to practice English through one-on-one conversation sessions and group meetings. Learn more about CCIS.

Coffee Talk

"Coffee Talk" sessions are co-sponsored by CAPS (Counseling & Psychological Services) and OISS. Coffee Talk is a welcoming space where attendees can:  support each other in navigating academic stress, overcome homesickness; grow self-confidence and cultivate a sense of belonging on campus; practice english; and take a break from studies!  See the Winter 2024 Planit Purple Coffee Talk schedule for full details.

  • Spring 2024 Coffee Talk Meeting Dates: April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17, May 31, 2024
  • Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
  • In person location: OISS at 630 Dartmouth Place
  • Spring 2024 Coffee Talk Zoom link.

OISS will also advertise these sessions through our Facebook and Instagram pages as well as through the International Student Newsletter that you will begin to receive after arrival to Northwestern.

Something to Talk About 

NU's ELP (English Language Programs) offers a Language Table series, Something to Talk About, which offers a chance to meet other people for fun informal activities and casual conversation. These events are free and open to all members of the NU community. Each event highlights a specific aspect of U.S. English and/or American culture. See more information on Something to Talk About.

English Language Programs (ELP) at Northwestern

English Language Programs serves students and scholars of The Graduate School:  PhD students, MFA students, postdoctoral fellows, and students in a TGS master’s program. Other Northwestern affiliates, such as undergraduates, may attend certain services as availability allows. See more information at

Additional Resources

Northwestern's ELP maintains a comprehensive list of English Learner Resources from Northwestern, the local community and online services that may be helpful.  View the most up-to-date list on the ELP English Learner Resources webpage.