Speak UP is an advanced speaking group for international undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and fellows at Penn State. Speak UP focuses on discussion and practice of ‘real-life’ academic communication.
Each week, the Speak UP group focuses on a particular aspect or situation of interaction in English. Sessions are led by an experienced EPPIC language specialist who provides examples of what people ‘do’ with language in each setting, reviewing commonly used phrases and communication strategies. Participants discuss and practice these strategies while building social relationships with other participants.
Speak UP meets Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm via Zoom. The first hour includes a brief lesson and group discussion. The second hour is optional, focusing on activities and language practice. We encourage you to stay for the second hour–and to attend all sessions of Speak UP during the semester. Regular participation builds community and fosters growth.
In fall 2021, Speak UP sessions include: