English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center

What is Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk is an intermediate English speaking group for J-1 Visiting Scholars. Each weekly session features a lesson on vocabulary, pronunciation, and helpful expressions that can be used by international scholars living in State College. Sessions are guided by experienced EPPIC instructors who offer examples of what scholars will hear around town and how they can communicate with others and participate in the community here. Participants will have ample time to practice speaking through activities and cultural discussions.


When and where does Let’s Talk meet?

Update:  Let’s Talk will meet only on-line during Fall 2020.  Registered participants will receive an email with more details about how to connect to the group meeting on-line.

Let’s Talk meets Monday mornings via Zoom at 9:30 am. The first hour will include a brief lesson and discussions. The second hour is optional and will be for activities and practice. Please join us 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.

Register for Let’s Talk Weekly Speaking Group


What topics are covered in Let’s Talk?

In Fall 2020, weekly sessions will address the following topics: 


September 14: Meeting People: Greetings, Introductions, and Leave-Taking

September 21: Chatting with Americans: Using Small Talk to Connect

September 28: Making American Friends: Extending and Responding to Invitations


October 5: Talking with Academics: Explaining your Research

October 12: Eating around State College: Dining at Restaurants

October 19:Getting around State College: Asking and Giving Directions

October 26:Driving around State College: Getting a Car and a License



November 2:Living around State College: Dealing with Housing and Landlords

November 9: Medical Care around State College: Going to Doctors’ Offices and Pharmacies

November 16: Traveling beyond State College: Planning and Taking Trips in the U.S.