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In the fall and winter terms, ELI presents free two-hour interactive workshops focusing on specific English writing and speaking skills undergraduate students need to succeed in their courses and prepare for their professional careers.

Undergraduate workshops are open to all undergraduate students in all U-M schools and colleges.


Finding Your Voice: Confidence and Clarity in Public Speaking - Thursday, February 6th, 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.


Say What You Mean: Choosing the Right Words in English - Thursday, February 13th, 6-8 PM, Room: 110 Weiser Hall

When you are writing or are in the middle of a conversation in English, do you ever find it challenging to find the right words to communicate exactly what you want to say? Do you ever wonder if your wording “sounds right” when you are writing an important paper? If your answer is “yes” to either question, then this workshop is for you. We’ll look at free, powerful websites where you can investigate useful word patterns and explore how certain words and phrases are most commonly used in academic language. We will also try out alternative word choices to help you expand your flexibility speaking and writing English. Please bring: 1. A laptop if you can; 2. An idea for a speaking situation you might find challenging; and 3. Something you’ve written that you’d like to review for wording options.