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.
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.
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.