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SP23-1-W1
Are you uncomfortable using body language when you communicate in English? Gestures and non-verbal communication such as eye-contact can be confusing for language learners. In this workshop, students will learn how gestures and other non-verbals can enhance meaning when speaking one-on-one or in presentations. The cultural meaning of gestures in the American context will also be presented in fun and engaging activities. Students will practice using gestures and body language in a variety of pair and group work scenarios. More
Starts Starts: 1/31/2023 6:30 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 1 open seat left
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-1-W5
This workshop is designed to help international students to understand the norms and conventions of scientific writing and its important features such as precision, objectivity, peer review, rhetorical elements, organization, etc. It provides some important tips to increase scientific writing productivity and to apply them in their writing. In addition to engaging in discussions and hands on- practical activities, participants will be introduced to several relevant resources and tools. More
Starts Starts: 2/1/2023 2:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 1 wait space available
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-W10
This workshop will teach you how to sharpen the focus of your sentences. A well-focused sentence is clear and easy to understand for the reader, while poorly focused sentences can be confusing or require extra effort to comprehend. We'll explore two key strategies for focus that writers can use when crafting sentences: controlling subject-verb pairs and adhering to the principle of end weight. More
Starts Starts: 2/3/2023 12:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 22 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-1-W2
Do you have questions about how native speakers use words and phrases in real life situations? This workshop will introduce two powerful language tools Youglish and Academic Phrasebank. These resources will help students discover for themselves how words and phrases are used in speech and writing, so that they can use these patterns more naturally and effectively. Practice will include an overview of the websites and tools, along with many different activities. Students should bring a charged smart phone or other device as we will use it extensively during this workshop. More
Starts Starts: 2/7/2023 6:30 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 4 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-1-W6
This workshop is designed for international students to learn how to write an effective title and an abstract for a scientific research paper. The focus of the session is on the important features, content, and tips for writing effective titles and abstracts. Both title and abstract are the most important and first parts of a research paper that the readers encounter. Writing an effective abstract and title increases potential readers and relevancy to other research papers. It also helps with getting your abstract/proposal accepted for professional conferences, workshops, seminars, webinars, etc. Thus, it is important to understand specific requirements following North American norms and conventions. In addition to engaging in discussions and practical activities, participants will be introduced to some relevant resources and tools. More
Starts Starts: 2/8/2023 2:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 4 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-W11
In this workshop, we'll delve into some key considerations that writers must make when crafting sentences. The effectiveness of a sentence is not determined by a set formula, but rather by the writer's ability to strike a balance between various elements, such as sentence length, conciseness and elaboration, repetition and variety, and simplicity and complexity. We'll focus on how these choices can enhance the clarity of the writing for the reader. Attendance at previous workshops is recommend but not required. More
Starts Starts: 2/10/2023 12:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 23 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-1-W3
Does your English vocabulary limit your ability to express yourself accurately? This workshop will teach students how to use the website Colwords to improve your language skills by focusing on highly expressive words that add depth, color, and meaning to your vocabulary. Practice will include speaking, listening, reading and writing activities. Students will get to practice individually and in small groups with a variety of fun and engaging activities. Students should bring a charged smart phone or other device as we will use it extensively during this workshop. More
Starts Starts: 2/14/2023 6:30 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 10 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-1-W7
This workshop is designed for international students who want to improve their understanding and usage of visuals including graphs/tables in a scientific research paper. Most scientific research paper require writers to present data using graphics/visual to make it easier to understand large amounts of data, trends, and relationships. Using visuals help writers to present complex information in a visual way and enable readers to process findings. In addition to engaging in discussions and practical activities, some relevant resources will be shared with the participants. More
Starts Starts: 2/15/2023 2:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 8 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-W12
In this workshop, we will consider several ways to add information to develop our ideas and clarifying our intended meaning. We will learn about several types of modification (where one part of a sentence extends, clarifies, or qualifies another part) such as adjective clauses, resumptive modifiers, and summative modifiers. We will also discuss hedges and boosters (language used to express degrees of confidence or certainty). Attendance at previous workshops is recommend but not required. More
Starts Starts: 2/17/2023 12:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 24 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-1-W4
Do you want to speak with clearer American English pronunciation? This workshop will help! Students will learn to use “The Color Vowel Chart,” an interactive tool about how the mouth makes vowel sounds in English. Students will get to practice individually and in small groups with a variety of fun and engaging activities, and will receive free copies of the Color Vowel Chart for future use. More
Starts Starts: 2/21/2023 6:30 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 4 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-1-W8
This workshop is designed for international students to get some useful tips on how to revise their own writing in an effective way following conventions that help them in their endeavour, making the writing process less arduous and improving the possibility of a positive outcome. Revision is an integral part of any good writing process that provides the writer an opportunity to see their writing from different perspectives and angles. It helps making big changes to writing to improve flow, development, and focus that prevents potential readers from any criticism both in content and language. In addition to engaging in discussions and practical activities, relevant resources will be provided. More
Starts Starts: 2/22/2023 2:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 3 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-W13
This workshop will teach how to effectively organize the building blocks of sentences (words, phrases, and clauses). Instead of learning grammar rules, we will explore different ways to arrange these elements within a sentence to enhance clarity. Topics covered may include creating parallel structures, using coordinating and subordinating clauses, and using punctuation marks like semicolons, colons, and dashes to enhance sentence structure. Attendance at previous workshops is recommend but not required. More
Starts Starts: 2/24/2023 12:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 24 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-W14
This hands-on session is designed to put the principles of previous workshops into practice through intensive writing exercises. During the workshop, participants will write a Bio Blurb (a brief professional biography) and a definition and description of a concept in their major or field. We will incorporate drafting, revision, and peer feedback so that participants craft writing samples that they can use after the workshop. Participants will also learn a simple but effective practice strategy for improving writing skills. Attendance at previous workshops is recommend but not required. More
Starts Starts: 3/3/2023 12:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 24 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
SP23-W15
In this workshop, we will look at strategies that writers can use to craft paragraphs that are focused on a single topic, idea, or point. Topics that we will explore include key terms and key places; topics sentences; metalanguage; the role of well-focused sentences in well-focused paragraphs; and ending paragraphs with “So what?” statements. Attendance at previous workshops is recommend but not required. More
Starts Starts: 3/10/2023 12:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 24 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 24 seats
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