Formats of Service

formats of service LEP

Welcome

We provide a space for you to enhance your language skills while engaging with the diversity of Cal’s global community. All of our formats are based on mutual exchange and conversation, allowing you to share your knowledge and forge meaningful connections with people from around the world. Explore our five main forms of services below: Pair/Trio, Language Pods, Conversation Groups, LEP Global Book Club, Community Socials.

To Join

We ask that all new and returning LEP participants attend an orientation each semester to learn more about the program, have an understanding of expectations, and get to know fellow language enthusiasts. You can find the weekly schedule and RSVP here.

Note: Orientations are offered on a rolling basis throughout the semester. The schedule is updated every Friday after 5PM.

Pairs/Trios

You are be paired with 1-2 peers who are proficient in the language you’d like to practice and are seeking support with a language you know. This format provides you the ultimate flexibility in choosing when and where you want to meet and what you want to learn and discuss.

Note: Our ability to pair you depends on the participant pool. All new and returning participants must attend an orientation to be included in our pairing pool.

Language Pods

Language Pods are weekly practice sessions facilitated by LEP Student Coordinators. Pods are an excellent way to receive consistent support in your language practice and connect with peers learning the same languages as you. You can attend as many Pods as you would like!

See the schedule and RSVP here!

Attending a Virtual Session

Beginning Monday, 03/16, language pod sessions will be held via Zoom.  Please see the steps for attending a virtual session below:

  1. For an optimal experience, ensure you are in a quiet location and connected to a reliable WiFi network.
  2. Download Desktop Client for Zoom and login via SSO (Activate Licensed Account through Calnet).
  3. On the day of your session, the facilitator will send you the meeting ID and meeting.

Check out the SLC LEP Student User Guide for more information on uzing Zoom!

Note: All new and returning participants must attend an orientation to join Language Pods.

Conversation Groups

Participants can join Conversation Groups, small groups hosted by fellow students who are proficient in the language. These meet once per week and provide a great opportunity to learn from peers and meet potential partners.

See the schedule and RSVP here!

Attending a Virtual Session

Beginning Monday, 03/16, language pod sessions will be held via Zoom.  Please see the steps for attending a virtual session below:

  1. For an optimal experience, ensure you are in a quiet location and connected to a reliable WiFi network.
  2. Download Desktop Client for Zoom and login via SSO (Activate Licensed Account through Calnet).
  3. On the day of your session, the facilitator will send you the meeting ID and meeting.

Note: All new and returning participants must attend an orientation to join Conversation Groups.

LEP Global Book Club

Launched in the Fall of 2018, this format is a space to explore literary traditions from all over the globe in order to enrich our understanding of the human condition and broaden our own worldview. Through weekly conversations about the books we read, we are opened up to the diversity of perspectives that we have in our global campus community, expanding our own understanding of not only what we read but also the world at large.

Fall 2019 Read: Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo."

This semester, as we join the campus in commemorating 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice, we will be reading Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo."

Written in 1931 and published just last year, Barracoon chronicles Hurston’s conversations with Cudjo Kossula Lewis, one of the last survivors of the Atlantic Slave trade. By staying true to Kossula’s spoken vernacular, Hurston provides an authentic and intimate look at his life–from his upbringing in West Africa, to his horrific experience crossing the Middle Passage, to his significant role in the founding of Africatown. This timely book gives us the opportunity to examine the lasting legacy of slavery and recognize the African American community’s centuries of resistance.

Join us for our first meeting, this Friday, 10/25, from 1-2PM to hear more about the book club and learn how you can receive a free copy of Barracoon

Download a Flyer here.

Meeting Schedule: Fridays | 1-2PM | 110 Chavez | RSVP

Download a Reading Schedule here.

Past LEP Global Book Club Reads

Fall 2018

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

Spring 2019

The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives Edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Community Socials

Each semester, LEP hosts several events and excursions where the entire LEP community comes together to meet and mingle while learning about language and culture. These include in-house socials hosted in the SLC as well as excursions to various cultural activities on campus and around the community. Visit our Events Page to see current and past events.

All Events