Speak UP

What is Speak UP?

Speak UP is a weekly group session for international undergraduate and graduate students to discuss and practice ‘real-life’ academic English at Penn State. Each week, the Speak UP group focuses on a different situation in university life where language plays a central role. Sessions are guided by experienced EPPIC instructors who offer examples of what people ‘do’ with language in each setting, and provide commonly used phrases and communication strategies for each Participants practice with new knowledge and build social relationships through group discussion, role-plays, and games. 

When and where does Speak UP meet?

Speak UP meets Thursday evenings in Willard 373 at 6:30 pm. The first hour will include a brief lesson and group discussion and end with refreshments. The second hour is optional and will be for activities and practice. Please join us from 6:30-7:30pm and stay for the second hour if your schedule permits. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all ten weeks for continuity, community building, and personal improvement. Registration for Speak UP sessions can be found here.

What topics are covered in Speak UP?

Fall 2017 weekly sessions are: 

Participating in the Penn State community 

as a student 

September 14: Being a Student in an American Classroom 

September 21: Delivering a Presentation in Class 

September 28: Collaborating on a Group Project Outside of Class 

as a friend or colleague 

October 5: Connecting with Peers in the Lab or Office 

October 12: Socializing with Friends/Colleagues at a Bar or Coffee Shop 

October 19: Joining a Student Organization or Club 

as a member of a department 

October 26: Requesting Help from the Administrative Assistant 

November 2: Participating in a Meeting 

November 9: Negotiating Expectations with an Adviser 

November 16: Breaking the Ice at an Academic or Professional Function 

November 30: Speak UP Group Dinner!  

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