Speaking Fellows do not grade students’ presentations, and are not TAs. They are undergraduate Barnard students who have been trained to help their peers build stronger, more nuanced arguments through reflective, critical thinking and collegial support.
At faculty request, we “attach” a team of Speaking Fellows to host workshops for students in a given course. By working with the Speaking Fellows throughout the semester, students build speaking skills applicable to the course and useful for other speaking activities, and learn in a collaborative, peer-to-peer environment.
Speaking Fellows can create workshops from scratch or the instructor can choose from workshops we’ve already created. All workshops run between 1 and 2 hours, but length and content can be adapted to meet the course's particular needs. See our "Faculty Guide" (to the left) for more specifics. If you are a student currently enrolled in an attached course see our "Student Guide" (to the left).
To ensure participation and maximize student benefit, workshops must be mandatory for all students enrolled in the course.