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English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center

Speak UP: Weekly English Speaking Group

Speak UP: Weekly English Speaking Group

Make time to talk!  Join Speak UP!

Speak UP is a weekly speaking group that focuses on advanced, real-world language use in everyday university contexts. Lessons include cultural information, commonly used phrases, and pronunciation tips. Participants have an opportunity to engage with their new knowledge through group discussions and role-plays with international and American peers.  Speak UP sessions are a great opportunity to meet new people.

The group meets weekly for 10 weeks each semester.  Each session focuses on a different aspect or context of communication that is common in university life.  Sessions are led by an experienced EPPIC language specialist.

Speak UP Sessions, Fall 2022

September 15 – November 17, 2022:  Thursdays from 4-6 pm in 006 Huck Life Sciences

    • September 15:  How Americans Talk:  Pronunciation in the U.S.
    • September 22:  What Americans Say:  Slang and Idioms in the U.S.
    • October 6:  How Americans Chat:  Small Talk in the U.S.
    • October 13:  Talking with Americans:  Successful Conversations in the U.S.
    • October 20:  Talking with Friends:  Socializing at a Bar or Restaurant
    • October 27:  Communicating with Peers and Professors:  Shifting Between Informal and Formal Talk in the U.S.
    • November 3:  Networking:  Breaking the Ice at Professional Events
    • November 10:  Presenting in an American Context:  Interacting with Your Audience
    • November 17:  Preparing for the U.S. Job Market


We look forward to talking–in and about English–with you!

Click here to see the full schedule of Speak UP sessions for fall 2022.  Click here to visit the Speak UP registration page.