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Speaking Group meets online Fridays, 3-4 PM.

Speaking Group will meet over Winter Break! However, we will not meet November 27, December 25, or January 1. Early each week an email announces a suggested topic and gives a reminder of the time. An email 15 minutes before each meeting (Friday at 2:45 PM) will contain the Zoom meeting link. During the meeting, we will use breakout rooms to simulate the small group discussions that take place in our face-to-face meetings. If you are already receiving the Speaking Group Email, you do not need to re-sign up. If you are not receiving the Speaking Group Email and would like to, you may sign up below.

Sign Up for the Speaking Group Email (UNC Chapel Hill community only)

What happens in Speaking Group?

Speaking Group welcomes American and international participants from the campus and the community. Groups meet for an hour every week to discuss topics of culture, university life, or language learning strategies and resources. An English Language Specialist 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 Speaking Group?

  • UNC students, including undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students
  • Postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars, and research faculty, if you have any specific needs, please contact us.
  • 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