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English for Academic Purposes Workshops for Graduate Students

This January, ELI presents four free two-hour interactive workshops focusing on specific English writing and speaking skills graduate students need to succeed in their academic and professional careers. Graduate workshops are open to all UM Graduate students. 

All workshops led by ELI Lecturer IV Pamela Bogart.  Sign up here for any of the four workshops listed below.

Note: You may wish to save Thursday, February 20 in your calendar in case any of the workshops needs to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. For more information, email: ELIWorkshops@umich.edu. 

WINTER 2020 WORKSHOP SERIES

WRITING EFFECTIVE EMAIL - Thursday, January 9, 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall

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 generate the outcome you seek. Bring a few samples of your important email messages to analyze.

 

FINDING YOUR VOICE: CONFIDENCE AND CLARITY FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING - Thursday, January 16, 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall

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 explore together.

 

POSTER PRESENTATIONS: INTERACTING FLUENTLY WITH YOUR AUDIENCE -Thursday, January 23, 6-8 PM, Room: CHEM 1200

We often frame poster presentations at academic conferences and symposia as “easier” and less high-stakes than presenting a paper or participating in a panel, but poster presentations are about 10% presenting and 90% interacting with one’s “audience” of a few people crowded around the poster in a busy, noisy conference space. This type of Q & A can feel daunting, but can also be fun and interesting to prepare for with other graduate students. In this workshop, we will not be working on poster design: instead, we’ll work on strategies for fluent communication with visitors to your poster. If you have a poster presentation coming up, bring a sketch or draft of your poster so that you can practice taking questions from others at the workshop.  Otherwise, come ready to practice formulating and responding to typical question types in poster presentations.

 

MAKING CONVERSATION WITH POWERFUL PEOPLE - Thursday, January 30, 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall

Making conversation can be one of the most challenging types of speaking to master in a second language. This can be particularly true with people in a position of authority, such as one’s research advisor, work supervisor, or future employer. In this workshop, we will explore conversation topics, turn-taking strategies, active listening, and sources for sample conversations. We will consider different types of conversations, such as seeming friendly and confident at a job interview or competent and insightful in a research group meeting. Come ready to practice with one another and to identify effective ways to practice on your own.