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Study Groups and Drop-in Sessions


"Thank you for providing such a friendly and enjoyable learning process. It was great and effective!" - Undergraduate Student

Spring 2021

Speaking & Pronunciation: This long-standing study group is looking forward to adding new members! Our group is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting scholars who are non-native speakers of English. We come together to practice our speaking skills in an open and supportive environment. Our comfort levels with speaking English vary, but we all take the time to listen to each other to ensure that everyone improves and has their voice heard. This semester, we meet on Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom (for now). Join Zoom Meeting

We usually begin with pronunciation exercises, for example minimal pairs such as /a/ and /e/ - "I am sad that you said I had a big head." We also practice intonation, word stress, and linking - "What's up?" = "Wa-tsup?" We dedicate most of our time to conversations and discussions about topics of general interest, for example books, movies, food, travel, or current events. Many participants are interested in learning American expressions and idioms, so we often include a few. Did you know that "a piece of cake" as in "this assignment was a piece of cake" means "easy"? 

If you have any questions about this study group, please email Mia O'Brien, ESL Specialist and group facilitator, at

What undergraduate and graduate students are saying about study groups and workshops: 
"I really enjoyed to attend all learning topics in English class. One of my favorite activities was to argue a popular issue as part of a debate." 
"Thank you for providing such a friendly and enjoyable learning process. It was great and effective!" 
"It is a very useful class on English grammar, showing in detail how to use English correctly in every specific context." 
"I loved the class. Thank you!"