Conversation Resources

Small Talk  
Some of these are really good examples, but some sound very strange to me. Do listen to the audio, though, since it will also give you a range of intonation patterns to practice (again, some more natural-sounding than others). 
Small Talk: Who, what, where, when, why?  
Starts off with the social purpose of small talk and the expectations for how it will unfold. Also provides a list of small talk starters and a self-quiz. 
How to Sound Conversational  
Tips for speaking more naturally–one of which is don’t write out your text ahead of time!  


Purdue Online Writing Lab

Room 226
Heavilon Hall
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Provides both online and in-person assistance and tutors. They also offer weekly conversation groups and special ESL workshops.

International Center

523 Russell St.
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Offers both free and paid classes.

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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