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Speaking Group welcomes American and international participants from the UNC campus and the local community. The group meets weekly when classes are in session to discuss topics of culture, university life, or language learning strategies and resources. Our goal is to create a comfortable space to converse in English, to share cultural perspectives, and to build global relationships in our local community.

Chapel Hill Community: Sign Up for the Speaking Group Email

We welcome members of the University and surrounding community. List members receive weekly suggested topics.

Summer Schedule & Locations

All speaking groups meet Fridays, 3-4 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education Center unless otherwise noted.

Date Location
May 31 FedEx Global Education Center Summer! Beaches!
June 7 FedEx Global Education Center
June 14 FedEx Global Education Center
June 21 FedEx Global Education Center
June 28 FedEx Global Education Center Fourth of July
July 5 No Meeting
July 12 FedEx Global Education Center
July 19 FedEx Global Education Center
July 26 FedEx Global Education Center Olympics

What happens in Speaking Group?

An English Language Specialist from the Writing Center attends each meeting to welcome participants and to facilitate the group meeting.

  • The facilitator introduces the suggested topic then moves participants to small breakout rooms (3-5 participants) for 25 minutes
  • Group members discuss the topic, ask questions, and suggest strategies or resources
  • Participants return to the main room then join new breakout rooms with different partners for the next 25 minutes
  • Everyone rejoins the main room to share anything interesting from their group conversation and to say goodbye

Please note: The facilitator will request PIDs from UNC students and scholars, but community members don’t need to worry about this. Community members can join without a PID.

Who can join Speaking Group?

  • UNC students, including undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students
  • Postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars, research collaborators, and faculty
  • Spouses and community members
  • Native/fluent English speaking volunteers, we welcome your participation. Please see our volunteer guide

How do I join Speaking Group?

Other oral communication support