ELSO Speaking Groups Program
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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.
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!
Read More About the Speaking Groups Program in the Cornell Chronicle
To Lead a Speaking Group This Spring 2020 (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 semester 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 application form by February 3: SP2020 Facilitator SGP Application
- attend an initial orientation meeting (for all new facilitators - date and time TBA), a mid-semester meeting, and final reception
- commit for 8-weeks of the semester (March 2 - May 3) 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 Spring 2020 (participants)
complete a brief application form by February 14, 2020: SP2020 Participant SGP Application
- commit to attending weekly one-hour meetings for 8 weeks. Each participant will select a meeting time that works with their schedule after the application period ends on February 11.