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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.

Spring Schedule & Locations

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

Date Location
Jan 12 FedEx Global Education Center
Jan 19 FedEx Global Education Center
Jan 26 FedEx Global Education Center
Feb 2 FedEx Global Education Center UNC-Duke Basketball & Groundhog Day
Feb 9 FedEx Global Education Center Lunar New Year & the Super Bowl
Feb 16 FedEx Global Education Center LOVE
Mar 1 FedEx Global Education Center
Mar 8 FedEx Global Education Center
Mar 15 No Meeting-Spring Break
Mar 22 FedEx Global Education Center
Mar 29 No Meeting-Holiday
Apr 5 Field Trip!-TBD
Apr 12 FedEx Global Education Center
Apr 19 FedEx Global Education Center
Apr 26 FedEx Global Education Center
May 3 No Meeting-Summer Break

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