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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 FALL 2017 WORKSHOP SERIES: ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES

OPEN TO ALL U-M GRADUATE STUDENTS

This FALL, ELI presents six free two-hour interactive workshops focusing on specific English writing and speaking skills graduate students need to succeed in their academic and professional careers. All workshops led by ELI Lecturer IV Pamela Bogart.

 

 

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, September 19, 6-8 PM, Room: CHEM A859. 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, September 26, 6-8 PM, Room: CHEM A859. Sign-up

 

WHAT IS ACADEMIC STYLE?

Whether you are writing a research article, proposal, conference abstract or dissertation, it is important to pay attention to style. Academic style is not so much a matter of following rules, but more a matter of making choices. Even if you are aware of the stylistic conventions of your field and of academic writing in general, you may also seek ways to more strongly position yourself and create your scholarly identity. In this workshop we will discuss some common features of academic style and how to make effective choices. Bring a text you are currently working on for analysis.

Tuesday, October 3, 6-8 PM, Room: CHEM A859. Sign-up

 

SKYPE 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 Skype interview setting. Bring a job posting or employer profile with you, and your CV or resume if you have a relatively recent one.

Tuesday, October 10, 6-8 PM, Room: CHEM A859. Sign-up

 

POWER UP YOUR ENGLISH WITH GREAT 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, October 24, 6-8 PM, Room: CHEM A859. Sign-up

 

FINDING YOUR VOICE: CONFIDENCE AND CLARITY FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING

When you give a presentation, does your voice express confidence? Is it loud enough? Do your listeners easily understand you? Is your audience engaged? Come to this workshop to explore voice and pronunciation techniques to make your presentations shine. You will receive hands-on practice presenting for one minute on a topic of your choice such as a self-introduction, an overview of your broad area of research, a new development in your field, or a quick story of something interesting you’ve experienced. Bring a script or outline with you to work on together.

Tuesday, November 7, 6-8 PM, Room: CHEM A859. Sign-up

 

For more information, email: ELIWorkshops@umich.edu