Everyday English


Four students sitting with papers and talking


Practice your English conversation skills with native English speakers and GW students! Each week, Everyday English offers a virtual 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].

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How to Sign Up 

Please click on Zoom or Locations from the schedule below to sign up for an appointment. Once you sign up, you will receive an email with an invitation link. All levels of English are welcome.

When we are on campus in person, registration for Everyday English is not required; you can simply show up at the lunch hour and sign in then. Please feel free to bring your lunch! For some special in-person events, we will provide snacks and food, but for regular sessions, you should come prepared with your own lunch.


Spring 2022 Schedule


Everyday English Hangouts is open

Large-group conversation practice meetings are one-hour Zoom sessions held every other Wednesday. 

NOTE: For in-person sessions, masks are required.

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11:30 am to 1 pm, every Wednesday, come when you can!


Surviving Winter in DC

2/2 Introductions and Small Talk Zoom
2/9 Humor and Idioms Student center #311
2/16 Exploring DC in the Spring Zoom
2/23 American and International Food Student center #311
3/2 Movies and TV Zoom
3/9 English Games Student Center #310
3/23 Scavenger Hunt Student Center #311
3/30 Job and Internship Searching Zoom
4/6 Hometowns Zoom
4/13 Travel Tips Zoom
4/20 Superstitions Zoom
4/27 End of the year party! Student Center #311


Small-Group Practice (TBD)

Small-group sessions are 30-minute Zoom appointments, with one to two students talking with one coach. 




Pumpkin carving



Conversation Topics

This Month's Recommended Topics

  • 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.

Topics for Small-Group Sessions

Each of these topics links to a brief video explaining the content you can expect from that discussion.

Introductions and small talk    Language for professionals   

     Health and wellbeing                 Dining in D.C.     

             Travel tips                            Pop culture  

       Studying for finals             Humor, idioms, and slang 

            U.S. Holidays            Networking and interviewing



Send Feedback on the Everyday English Program

If you have any questions that were left unanswered at the end of a session or have any suggestions on how we can make improvements, please fill out our online comment box.

If you are interested in receiving emails from the Everyday English Program, please join our email list!


“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