Fall 2015 meeting times

Meetings are held on Fridays, September 4 — November 20, 3pm — 4pm. The first two meetings of the semester (Sept 4 and Sept 11) will be replaced by campus tours, beginning at the UNC Visitors’ Center. All other meetings will be held at the Graduate Student Center, with the exception of Oct 23.

Register here for weekly info

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-speaker 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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