Speak UP

What is Speak UP?

Speak UP is an advanced English speaking group for international undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and fellows to discuss and practice ‘real-life’ academic communication at Penn State. Each week, the Speak UP group focuses on a different situation in university life where language plays a central role. Sessions are guided by experienced EPPIC instructors who offer examples of what people ‘do’ with language in each setting, and provide commonly used phrases and communication strategies for each. Participants practice with new knowledge and build social relationships with international and American peers through group discussion, role-plays, and games. 

When and where does Speak UP meet?

The schedule and location for Speak UP has not been set for Fall 2018. The first hour will include a brief lesson and group discussion and end with refreshments. The second hour is optional and will be for activities and practice. Please join us and stay for the second hour if your schedule permits. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all ten weeks for continuity, community building, and personal improvement. 

Registration for Speak UP sessions for Fall 2018 will be available in August.

What topics are covered in Speak UP?

Fall 2018 weekly sessions will be announced in August.

Spring 2018 weekly sessions were: 

Having a Conversation with an American

February 1: Getting Started: Focus on North American Pronunciation

February 8: Understanding Everyday Idioms and Slang

February 15: Using Small Talk in Various Situations

February 22: Telling Stories and Sharing Anecdotes

Talking with a Professor, Adviser, or Supervisor

March 1: Expressing Opinions about Readings

March 15: Asking for Help or Guidance

March 22: Talking about Grades and Feedback

Delivering a Presentation

March 29: Explaining Visuals Clearly and Concisely

April 5: Interacting with your Audience throughout Your Talk

Preparing for the U.S. Job Market

April 12: Understanding and Delivering What Employers Expect


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