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English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center

Speaking Groups

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Speaking Groups

Speak UP is an advanced weekly speaking group for international undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs and fellows to discuss and practice ‘real-life’ academic English at Penn State. Each week includes a brief lesson focused on a specific situation or genre of communication, followed by group discussion and optional practice activities to build increased communicative confidence in daily life.

Topics and situations discussed in Speak UP include:

  • How Americans Talk:  Pronunciation in the U.S.
  • What Americans Say:  Slang and Idioms in the U.S.
  • How Americans Chat:  Small Talk in the U.S.
  • Talking with Americans:  Successful Conversations in the U.S.
  • Communicating with Peers and Professors:  Shifting between Informal and Formal Talk in the U.S.
  • Participating in Class and Group Discussions
  • Presenting in an Academic Context
  • Preparing for the U.S. Job Market
  • Networking:  Breaking the Ice at a Professional Events

 

SPEAK UP SESSIONS, Fall 2021 (flyer)

Speak UP Session Registration