Spring 2017 meeting times

Meetings are held Fridays, January 27 – April 28, at 3 PM. All meetings are held at the Graduate Student Center at 211A W. Cameron Ave. No meetings are held on March 17 or April 14.

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What happens in a speaking group?

A speaking group consists of native and non-native English speakers from around campus. Groups meet for an hour or two every week with a suggested topic revolving around American culture, University life, or language learning strategies and resources. An ESL-trained group facilitator from the Writing Center attends each meeting to help the group members work together to improve their oral communication skills. Each week:

  • The facilitator introduces a topic around American culture, University life, or language learning
  • Group members discuss the topic, ask questions, and suggest strategies or resources
  • Group members can ask for feedback on their speaking
  • The facilitator might teach a new technique, strategy, or game

Please note: The facilitator’s role is not to teach a speaking or pronunciation “class” but to familiarize the group with US language, culture, and resources.

Who can join a speaking group?

  • UNC students and scholars, including undergraduate, graduate, exchange students, postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars, and research faculty
  • Postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars, and research faculty, if you have any specific needs, please contact us.
  • Native/fluent English speaking volunteers, we welcome your participation. Please see our volunteer guide.

Spouses, non-academic staff, and community members, are not eligible to participate in speaking groups.

How do I join a speaking group?

  • Register online using this form. You will receive a message regarding each week’s meeting.

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