The Center for English Language and Culture for International Students at Western Michigan University offers many service-learning, cultural, and recreational activities and trips to help international students engage with the campus and local community.

Conversation Circles—practice english skills

The Conversation Circles program is open to all WMU students. It was designed to help CELCIS students make connections with other students and to practice conversational English. For WMU students, it is a great way to learn about different cultures. For everyone, it's a great way to meet new people and have fun. Participants are put into groups of five or more people. The group meets at least once a week to chat in English about various topics. The conversation can be about campus life, culture, food, or anything else you find interesting. Groups meet during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Meetings are held in public places on campus. If you are interested, contact Thomas Marks, CELCIS Director, at

Summer Schedule: June - August 

Mondays 2 to 3 p.m. 4th Floor Ellsworth Hall, CELCIS reception area
Tuesdays* 2 to 3 p.m. 4th Floor Ellsworth Hall, CELCIS reception area
Wednesdays 2 to 3 p.m. 4th Floor Ellsworth Hall, CELCIS reception area
Thursdays (women only)* 2 to 3 p.m. 4th Floor Ellsworth Hall, CELCIS reception area

*Conversation Circles will not be held on Tuesday, July 4 or on Thursday, August 10.

Summer 2017 Activities

Follow the links to activities below to find out more information in the events section of the CELCIS Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 23

  • Welcome Party—Share food, fun and games with CELCIS teachers, staff and students to start the new semester. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 27

  • Farmer's market—Check out Kalamazoo's Farmers' Market with more than 100 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 31

  • Creating Powerpoint Presentations—Learn how to make a powerpoint presentation that is exciting and engages your audience in this SET Lab workship. Free for CELCIS students.

Thursday, June 8

Monday, June 12

  • Practicing for the TOEFL iBT—Learn about the TOEFL iBT and different free online resources you can use to study for this test in this SET Lab workshop. Free for CELCIS students.

Monday, June 19 

  • BINGO night—Learn how to play BINGO, a game of luck . Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 20

Saturday, July 15

  • Kindleberger Park Arts—Spend a relaxing day in the park which will have arts and crafts, food, and performances. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 19

  • Meet and Greet—Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with representatives from CELCIS students' future academic programs and student support services.

Friday, July 28

  • Wii Bowling—Join CELCIS in playing Wii Bowling with the retired residents of Friendship Village. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 5

  • Kal-Haven Bike Trip—Join CELCIS for an afternoon of riding the scenic Kal Haven Trail. Registration required; open to the public.

Thursday, August 10

  • End-of-Semester Party—Join CELCIS students and staff for games, arts and crafts and food to celebrate the end of the semester. Free and open to the public.


Each semester, CELCIS provides opportunities for students to volunteer in the Kalamazoo community. This is a great opportunity for students to give back to their community, practice English, and make new friends.

Contact information

CELCIS Activities Coordinator
0530 Ellsworth Hall
(269) 387-4800


Spring Semesters

 Summer Semesters

  • International Night

Fall semesters