English Language Institute

Community Conversation Course (CCC)

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The University of Pittsburgh campus is closed to the public. The ELI offices will be closed and operating remotely until further notice. The ELI is working remotely 8:30 am - 4:45 pm Monday - Friday. 

Community Conversation Course: Updated March 16, 2020

The Community Conversation Course (CCC) is cancelled for the remainder of Spring 2020. 

General Overview

This course is designed to help non-native speakers of English improve their speaking and listening conversation skills. It is open to students, faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh as well as to international residents and visitors who are living and working in the Pittsburgh area.   All classes are taught by teachers-in-training. The number of classes and levels offered each term are dependent on enrollment and teacher availability. 


  • This class is usually offered Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.
    • Summer 2020: CCC will not be offered for Summer 2020. Please check back in August for dates for Fall 2020. 


  • Classes meet for 2.5 hours each week on campus in the Parkvale Building (200 Meyran Avenue).  The exact schedule is distributed at registration.               

*All students take an oral placement exam to determine their level and are registered for the appropriate classes. Students may not choose their schedule or level based on convenience.


  • There is an $90 non-refundable registration fee that is due at the time of registration. 
  • Payment for the registration fee is accepted in cash or check only (no credit cards). Please bring the exact amount of cash if you are paying in cash.
  • Price does not include textbook.

Course Description

This course is intended for low intermediate to low advanced non-native speakers of English (equivalent to ELI levels 3, 4, 5 or 6).

All applicants must take an oral proficiency test in order to register for the class. Class size will be limited to 20 and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Goals Course Activities
  • Improve overall English speaking and listening skills
  • Explore culture relevant to improving the language skills that are the focus of the course
  • Recognize, understand, and use selected vocabulary
  • Studying and completing exercises and practice activities in the textbook
  • Listening to and studying video and audio clips
  • Conversing on personal, social, and/or academic topics
  • Reviewing problem areas in pronunciation
  • Doing grammar exercises as needed

There are no grades, quizzes, tests, or other types of formal evaluations in this course.  Students will engage in various activities with the goal of improving their listening and speaking skills. 

Campus Life and Pitt ID Card

Students in the Community Conversation Course are not eligible for a University ID or to participate in University sponsored student activities. However, students are permitted to participate in social and cultural activities planned by the ELI. Information about these activities can be found in the the ELI News, a weekly newsletter.

Application Procedure

  • You must register in person yourself and take a short oral placement examination. 

  • Registration is held in the Parkvale Building, 200 Meyran Avenue, Room 104, during the following times:

    • No registration for Summer 2020. Please check back in August for Fall 2020 dates. 

  • It is not necessary to make an appointment for registration.

  • Registration and the oral placement exam take approximately 10 to 15 minutes, but please allow additional wait time.


Students who have not missed more than 20% of classes will receive a Certificate of Attendance. 


Contact us for more information about the Community Conversation Course.