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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 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.

WINTER 2018 WORKSHOP SERIES:

This WINTER, 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.

 

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, and dealing with the technology can add to an already stressful situation. In this workshop, we will practice mock interviews, explore interviewing strategies, and identify ways to prepare for fluent communication in the Skype interview setting. Bring a job posting or employer profile with you, and your CV or resume.

Tuesday, January 16 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall Sign-up

 

"SPEED READING" -- HANDLING A HEAVY READING LOAD

Are you a graduate student with a virtually impossible reading load? You are not alone. While it is possible to read and understand text more quickly, real reading efficiency comes from reading text more strategically. In this workshop, we will learn about strategies for prioritizing attention, understanding and remembering what we read, and aligning reading strategy with our purpose for reading (e.g. preparing for seminar discussion, developing a literature review, refining our research methods, or writing a response paper). Bring a paper or electronic copy example of the kind of text you’re trying to read more efficiently.

Tuesday, January 30 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall  Sign-up

 

ACADEMIC SMALL TALK

Making conversation or “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, February 6 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall Sign-up

 

SELF-EDITING  YOUR WRITTEN WORK

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 cohesion. Bring a piece of writing that you’re currently working on.

Tuesday, February 20 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall 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, March 13, 12-2 PM, Room: A859 Chemistry Building 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 writing and speaking 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, April 3, 12-2 PM, Room: A859 Chemistry Building  Sign-up

 

For more information, email: ELIWorkshops@umich.edu