Mi Pueblo at UIUC

Spanish Conversation Groups

What is Mi Pueblo?

Mi Pueblo is a student-run network of Spanish conversation groups. This means that U of I students volunteer their time to lead 1-hour sessions in Spanish at different times and places around campus every week.  Groups also get together throughout the semester for cultural events.

We have about 20 group leaders during the Fall and Spring semesters, and they run groups in pairs. We also have a summer network for U of I students who stay on campus June - August!

Please keep in mind that Mi Pueblo groups are NOT Spanish lessons. You must have some previous experience learning the language. If you would like to start learning Spanish, please register for classes through the UIUC Spanish Department. Once enrolled, we would be happy to help you practice what you learn!

How does it work?

Group facilitators publish their meeting times and locations on our Calendar and our Facebook page. You can even start communicating with facilitators to let them know that you are coming by sending an e-mail (all e-mails are listed in our Facilitator Directory) or replying to a Facebook post. However, most participants simply show up. 

You can come to as many or few of the sessions as you like!

The groups are fluid, and each pair of group leaders has their own personality. Our conversation topics vary from talking about the news and weekend plans, to playing games like Catchphrase or Pictionary. It depends on your interest, and group leaders are happy to direct conversation toward topics you want to talk about.

¡Busca el mantel anaranjado!

Every pair of facilitators has an orange tablecloth, or mantel anaranjado, that they put on their table during each session. This is intended to make groups easier to find. If they have an orange tablecloth, they are probably Mi Pueblo!

Is there a group for my level of Spanish?

We have moved away from using levels and moved toward using themes to enourage cohesiveness and collaboration between members. Please feel free to attend any group whose theme interests you!

Hablamos culturalmente is a group run by our Spanish PHD students Teresa and Cristina. This is a more advanced group with a higher level of conversation.

You can choose the group that corresponds to your interests and your language learning goals. Feel free to try various groups! 

To learn more about why we changed to themes from levels please visit our Group Themes/Levels page

How can I contact Mi Pueblo?

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to write on our Wall on Facebook or send us an email at [email protected]. We'd love to hear from you!