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About the Speaking Groups Program

Join the English Language Support Office’s Speaking Groups Program as a participant or facilitator to make meaningful connections across campus in weekly small group discussions. Groups can make their own arrangements to meet on or off campus for conversations, games or local excursions.

Look below to learn how you can join a group this Fall 2017!

Why Join the SGP?

Why should I join the ELSO Speaking Groups Program (SGP)?

  • To gain more linguistic confidence and increase opportunities for meaningful interactions in English
  • To be a part of an academic community and build connections across campus by meeting with others from a range of programs, disciplines, and backgrounds
  • To share your linguistic, cultural, and research knowledge
  • To learn from the linguistic, cultural, and research knowledge of others
  • To develop a greater understanding and acceptance of diverse populations who are all part of Cornell's global community

To Lead a Speaking Groups Program This Fall 2017 (facilitators)

Do you like working with international students and learning from others with different life experiences? Have you traveled abroad or are planning to? Are you interested in learning about other cultures? Join the English Language Support Office’s Speaking Groups Program this fall as a Discussion Facilitator!

Facilitators commit for 8-weeks of a semester to help lead and organize small weekly 1-hour discussions with international graduate students. This program brings together international graduate students and fluent English speakers for language support and conversations about culture, academic interests, and campus life.

To be a facilitator, you need to be a Cornell undergraduate student, staff member, graduate student, post-doc, or faculty, should be fluent in English and have knowledge of US culture. The group participants are international graduate students from diverse programs, diverse linguistic backgrounds, and at diverse points in their graduate careers. The goal is to improve English speaking skills while making meaningful connections across campus in weekly small group discussions.

To learn more, you can come to the SGP Facilitator Fall 2017 Information Session on Friday, September 1 at 3pm (location TBA) and complete this short form to let us know you will be joining us. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, you will need to:

  • complete a SGP Facilitator application by September 7.
  • attend an initial orientation meeting, a mid-semester meeting, and final reception
  • commit for 8-weeks of the semester to help organize and facilitate small, weekly discussion groups with international graduate students
  • maintain brief documentation of meeting dates and attendance for program records

To Join a Speaking Group This Fall 2017 (participants)

Are you looking for more opportunities to speak English? Do you want learn more about American culture and share ideas about your own culture with others? 
 
All matriculated international graduate and professional students are welcome the English Language Support Office’s Speaking Groups Program. This program brings together international graduate students and fluent English speakers for language support and conversations about culture, academic interests, and campus life. The goal is to improve English speaking skills while making meaningful connections across campus in weekly small group discussions.
 
Some of this semester’s speaking groups will be led by students in the Department of Anthropology's Gateways to Global Learning courses, which prepare undergraduate students for intercultural learning. Other groups will be led by volunteers from across the Cornell community. 
 
PARTICIPANTS:
 
We are now accepting applications for all participants. Please note that this semester, Speaking Groups will start meeting on August 31 during one of four possible meeting times listed in the application. If these times don’t work with your schedule, you may join a group that starts meeting in mid-September (time/date TBA). 
 
To participate:  
 
(1) Complete a SGP participant application before the deadline on August 27Click here to apply.
(2) Sign-up for a weekly discussion time that fits your schedule (included in the application).
(3) Attend and participate in the weekly discussion group meetings during the fall semester.
 
For any questions or concerns, contact Melissa Myers at mm177@cornell.edu.
 

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