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English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center

Speaking Groups

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