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Writing Center Events for International Students

For the most up-to-date list of events, please see our events flyer.You can also check our Facebook Page ( or our Twitter feed @TempleWriting for regular event updates. A summary of our usual events can be found below.

Monthly Meet and Greets
: Come meet the Conversation Partner staff, enjoy snacks, and play games. Meet and greets are usually hosted from 4:30-5:30 on Fridays once a month.

Listening and Discussion Groups: Approximately 3 times a semester, we host discussion groups that focus on the following topics:

  • listening and responding to lectures
  • understanding colloquial English in English-medium television and film

Our discussion groups are typically 1-2 hours long and end with a short discussion of the videos or films watched. International students will typically discuss the content with a native or near-native speaking Conversation Partner, alumnus, or volunteer.

Language Lunches: Usually hosted twice a semester, these lunches include a targeted discussion on a specific topic (for example, politeness customs in the U.S.). Panelists are selected from our staff, as well as outside alumni and staff members, to provide insights on a particular topic.

Film Series: We screen films and TV shows every Saturday at 1PM in the Writing Center classroom. All movies and shows are followed by a 20 to 30-minute discussion led by one of our Conversation Partners.

Movies for Fall Semester 2015

Week 1 (9/12): Rocky (119 min)
Week 2 (9/19): It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2 30-minute episodes)

U.S. History:
Week 4 (10/3): Lincoln (150 min)
Week 5 (10/10): The Last of the Mohicans (112 min)
Week 6 (10/17): Remember the Titans (113 min)
Week 7 (10/24): Forrest Gump (142 min)

Holiday Feature:
Week 8 (10/31): The Sixth Sense (107 min)

Teen Movies:
Week 8 (11/7): Breakfast Club (97 min)
Week 9 (11/14): Mean Girls (97 min)
Week 10 (11/21): 10 Things I Hate About You (97 min)

The American Family:
Week 11 (12/5): My Big Fat Greek Wedding (95 min)
Week 12 (12/12): Home Alone (103 min)


If you are interested in attending one of our events, please email Elisabeth Ursell ( to confirm your participation.