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Chat Cafe: Casual Conversation Groups

Join a Group

Would you like to improve your spoken English? Would you like to chat with someone who can answer your questions about life at U-M and in the U.S.? Would you like an opportunity to talk informally with U.S. students and students from other countries? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, consider joining a Chat Cafe conversation group.

These casual conversation groups consist of 5-6 undergraduate international and multilingual students and an undergraduate Chat Cafe Leader. Groups meet once a week.

Registration opens: Monday, January 8th
Groups begin meeting: Monday, January 15th

Become a Facilitator and Lead a Chat Cafe Group

Chat Cafe Facilitators are students who are interested in developing skills in leading intercultural conversations, learning more about language acquisition, and getting to know international and multilingual students at U-M. Chat Cafe Faciltators enroll in the 1-credit Writing 302: Global Communication: Rhetorical Approaches to Multilingual Conversation and facilitate weekly group meetings with 5-6 participants. Sweetland Chat Cafe provides international and multilingual students an opportunity to improve their spoken English in a relaxed environment.

Students who have successfully completed Writing 300 automatically qualify to enroll in Writing 302 and do not need to complete an application.

Students who have not completed Writing 300 are encouraged to apply. Click the Writing 302 Application button below and fill out the online application form. If selected, you will be granted permission to enroll in the class. In consultation with the instructor, you will arrange a regular time for your weekly Chat Cafe members to meet.

If you would like to learn more, email Michael Zakalik, Sweetland’s Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Chat Cafe Facilitator Experiences

Costa, Chat Cafe Facilitator, 2016-17
Prachi, Chat Cafe Facililtator, 2016-18
Carina, Chat Cafe Facilitator, 2017-18
Sarah, Chat Cafe Facilitator, 2016 (and current Production Assistant at Michigan Public Radio)