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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 Spring 2018!

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 make new friends!

To Join a Speaking Group This Spring 2018 (participants)

Are you looking for more opportunities to speak English? Do you want to learn more about American culture and share ideas about your own culture with others? 
 
All matriculated international graduate and professional students are welcome to join 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.
 
Participants select a group to join that meets on a time and day that works with their schedule February 15 -20. Groups meet for one-hour a week beginning the week of February 26 and continuing for 8 weeks (not including Spring Break) until April 27.
 
PARTICIPANTS:
 
The participant application period to join the Speaking Groups Program for Spring 2018 will be February 2 - 9, 2018. Click here to complete an application for this semester: ELSO Speaking Groups Program Participant Application SP18
 
For any questions or concerns, contact Melissa Myers at mm177@cornell.edu.
 

To Lead a Speaking Group This Spring 2018 (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 spring 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.

 If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, you will need to:

  • complete a brief ELSO SGP Facilitator Application SP18 by February 2, 2018.
  • attend an initial orientation meeting (for all new facilitators), 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

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