Group Conversation Sessions
In addition to individual tutoring sessions, speaking fellows also offer group conversation sessions. These conversation practice sessions will last approximately one hour and are designed to help participants grow more comfortable speaking in English in a variety of situations. Each session has a pre-set topic or theme so that participants can do any preparation ahead of time that they choose, though advanced preparation is not required. While two speaking fellows will be there to facilitate, the students will be the primary contributors to the conversation. Group conversation sessions are open to ten students and require sign-up ahead of time.
Fall Semester Group Conversation Sessions:
November 10, 3:00 PM - Casual conversation practice, designed to help students grow more comfortable holding casual conversations in English. This session will center around the topic of what participants like to do in Rochester, both on campus and off. This can include hobbies, places to visit, and athletics, among other topics.
November 17, 3:00 PM - Academic conversation practice, designed to help students grow more comfortable participating in class discussions. This session will center around a discussion of a short reading that participants will read ahead of time (reading will be emailed to participants).
December 1, 3:00 PM - Professional conversation practice, designed to help students grow more comfortable speaking in a professional setting. This session will mimic a networking event at a conference. Here, students will practice introducing themselves and talking about their professional goals, accomplishments, and identity.
December 8, 3:00 PM - Casual conversation practice, designed to help students grow more comfortable holding casual conversations in English. This session will center around the topic of food - what participants like to eat (and where!), what they like to cook, cultural differences in food practices, etc.
All sessions will be held in WSAP Conference Room A (Rush Rhees Library G121A).
Signing Up for a Session
You can sign up for one of these sessions here.
The first ten people to sign up for each session will reserve their space. The speaking fellow coordinator will reach out to people who sign up to let them know if they have secured a space or if the session is full, at which point they will be added to a waitlist.
As a reminder, the speaking fellows also offer individual conversation practice sessions with UR students during their open hours. Students can choose from casual, academic, and professional conversation practice. For more information on our hours and locations, or to book an individual appointment, see our tutoring schedule.