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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.


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.
Thursday, January 10, 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall Sign Up Here


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.
Thursday, January 17, 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall Sign Up Here


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.
Thursday, January 24, 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall Sign Up Here


When you’re trying to figure out just how you want to express a point in your writing, what digital resources can you turn to, in addition to your human collaborators? Sure, dictionaries can be useful, but what if you’re trying to avoid repeating the same word over and over, or trying to see if two words sound right together? In this workshop, we will look how to ask one’s questions about word choices in a range of free language “corpora,” large databases of language as it is actually used. We will focus on corpora that include academic writing in English, but if you also write in other languages, you can apply these strategies to corpora featuring other languages too. If possible, bring a laptop to try out resources on your own device during the workshop.
Thursday, February 7, 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall Sign Up Here



ELI is partnering with Rackham and Sweetland Center for Writing to offer a workshop on resume writing with Dr. Judy Dyer and Dr. Deborah Des Jardins, both ELI faculty.

This workshop provides participants with useful information and skills for creating successful resumes. Students will take part in activities evaluating resumes and work with their peers to improve their own.  Please bring a resume (or partially written Resume or Curriculum Vita) with you to the workshop.

Friday, February 8, 2019. 3:00 - 4:50 pm, 855 Weiser Hall Sign Up Here


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. So much 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.
Thursday, February 14, 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall Sign Up Here


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.
Thursday, February 21, 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall Sign Up Here

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