Everyday English

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​Practice your English conversation skills with native English speakers and GW students! Each week, Everyday English offers a space for international students to practice their English skills in an informal setting. We discuss U.S. culture, food, holidays, professional and non-academic English and more. Students are encouraged to share about their native culture as well. All English levels are welcome.

The Language Center, in conjunction with the Snyder Fund and the GW International Services Office, developed the Everyday English Program to help GW international students improve their conversational English skills. Sessions are offered one day a week during the fall and spring semesters.

Questions about Everyday English, or interested in volunteering? Contact us at [email protected].

How to Sign Up

Please click on Locations from the schedule to sign up for an appointment. All levels of English are welcome.

Please feel free to bring your lunch! For some special in-person events, we may provide snacks, but for regular sessions, you should come prepared with your own lunch.

Summer 2024!

Everyday English will be holding summer oriented hangouts on campus. Please see flyer for more details.

everyday english flyer


To register, click on the date below to open the link.


7/10 11:00am-3pm

Smithsonian Zoo

Join us for an exciting trip to the Smithsonian National Zoo! Discover a variety of animals from around the world, learn about their habitats, and enjoy a day full of fun and
exploration in one of Washington, D.C.'s most beloved attractions.

7/20 5pm-8.30pm Jazz in the Garden

Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Relax to the smooth sounds of live jazz music while enjoying the beautiful outdoor setting.
It's the perfect way to unwind and immerse yourself in the local culture.

7/28 11am-3pm Smithsonian Museum

Embark on an educational journey at the Smithsonian Museum. Explore fascinating exhibits that showcase art, history, science, and culture.
This visit will provide a unique opportunity to learn and engage with some of the nation’s most treasured artifacts. 

8/6 12pm-3pm

Pizza Party

Wrapping up our series of events with a fun and delicious pizza party! This casual gathering will be a great way to relax, enjoy tasty pizza, and socialize with your fellow peers.
It's the perfect way to celebrate the end of our summer sessions.


Resources for Independent Language Practice:

Want to practice your English on your own or with your friends? Here are some suggested topics for conversations:

  • 10 countries to visit at least once in a lifetime
  • Your favorite book
  • Your last dream
  • Your worst job experience
  • How to prepare your favorite meal
  • What kind of music do you like?
  • Most interesting/strangest/weirdest travel story!
  • Do you believe in ghosts? Superstition? Myths?

We also recommend browsing the Voice of America website for news stories, videos explaining grammar and other helpful information.

Additional resources for independent English Language Practice:

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"Programs like Everyday English are instrumental to the success of students during their studies at GW. In addition to this, the Language Center oversees both the diagnostic language exam for the Elliott School and the placement language exam for students trying to understand which language course to enroll in. These tools are critical needs for the university, at both the undergraduate and graduate level."

Patrick Murphy
Program Associate, International Education & Student Services
Elliott School of International Affairs