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English for Academic Purposes Workshops for Graduate Students

Each semester, the English Language Institute presents a series of English for Academic Purposes workshops for international graduate students.

These interactive workshops focus on specific English writing and speaking skills graduate students must master to succeed in their academic and professional life.

All workshops are led by ELI lecturers. They are open to all currently-enrolled U-M graduate students and are free of charge. Space is limited, however, so registration is required.

 

ELI WINTER 2017 WORKSHOP SERIES:

 

CREATING YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH

Everyone needs an “elevator pitch” – that brief introduction which tells others who you are and what you do. When asked about yourself, you need to be able tell both experts and non-experts about your training, your research and scholarship, and why this should matter to them. Come to this workshop to learn how to effectively communicate your work and present yourself in a clear, concise, and effective way. 

Tuesday, January 17, 5-7 PM, USB 1250: CANCELED. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR MARCH 14 SESSION!


SELF-EDITING YOUR ACADEMIC WRITING

Most of us know that our written texts can always be improved whether by having tighter organization, making relationships clear or smoothly weaving in and out of sentences. In this workshop we will discuss some strategies for improving your self-editing skills so that you can identify how you can enhance your writing with clarity and coherence.

Tuesday, January 24, 5-7 PM, USB 1250: Sign-up


WRITING EFFECTIVE EMAIL 

Have you ever struggled to write important email messages? Have you ever wondered whether your email messages reflect the professional persona you wish to project? Given the importance of email in academic and professional settings, the ability to write effective e-mail messages is an essential skill. In this workshop we will focus on strategies for writing clear, effective and professional email. We will discuss the aspects of email that make it likely to be read, to be easily understood, and to create a good impression. Bring a few samples of your important email messages to analyze.

Tuesday, January 31, 5-7 PM, USB 1250: Sign-up

 

JOB INTERVIEWING IN ENGLISH

If you have ever been on a job interview, you may have experienced how we can sometimes freeze up in high-pressure situations. When interviewing in one’s second language, our typical fluency can abandon us. In this workshop, we will practice mock interviews, explore interviewing strategies, and identify ways to set ourselves up for fluent communication in the interview setting. Bring a job posting or employer profile with you, and your CV or resume if you have a relatively recent one. 

Tuesday, February 7, 5-7 PM, USB 1250: Sign-up

 

POWER UP YOUR ENGLISH WITH GREAT SELF-STUDY APPS + SITES

There are so many free websites and apps for improving English that it can be hard to find the really useful ones, especially for advanced speakers and writers. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn about a small set of powerful English sites and apps and practice techniques for using these tools to take your advanced English to the next level. We will look at resources for improving speaking, listening, writing, reading, and vocabulary. Bring your laptop, tablet, or phone to try things out on your own device during the workshop.

Tuesday, February 14, 5-7 PM, USB 1250: Sign-up

 

ACADEMIC SMALL TALK

Making small talk is one of the most challenging types of speaking to master in a second language. In this workshop, we will explore conversation topics, turn-taking strategies, active listening, and sources for sample conversations. We will consider different varieties of small talk in common graduate student contexts, such as getting to know classmates or seeming friendly and confident at a job interview or as a GSI. Come ready to practice with one another and to identify effective ways to practice on your own.

Tuesday, March 7, 5-7 PM, USB 1250: Sign-up

 

CREATING YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH

Everyone needs an “elevator pitch” – that brief introduction which tells others who you are and what you do. When asked about yourself, you need to be able tell both experts and non-experts about your training, your research and scholarship, and why this should matter to them. Come to this workshop to learn how to effectively communicate your work and present yourself in a clear, concise, and effective way. 

Tuesday, March 14, 6-8 PM, in Weiser 296: Sign-up

All workshops led by ELI Lecturer IV Pamela Bogart.

For more information, email: ELIWorkshops@umich.edu