The process of revising an article for publication, or even doing so for a class, may seem overwhelming. This workshop breaks down the process into different steps, and suggests the priorities you should follow as you revise. While revision requires hard work, it is something that every writer can–and must!–do.
If you have to write a research paper, you may not even know where to begin. This workshop discusses how by intentionally preparing yourself for the writing process, you can effectively structure your argument, write a clear and well-argued paper, and combat writer’s block.
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Expanding your vocabulary is a task that can seem either overly simple or overwhelming. In this workshop, we discuss how to select new vocabulary to learn, what contextual items should be learned along with new words, and best practices for studying new words. We also discuss techniques for dealing with unknown vocabulary.
Study the Academic Word List: http://www.uefap.com/vocab/select/awl.htm;
Examine the AWL sublists: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/resources/academicwordlist/publications/awlsublists1.pdf
See if there is specialized vocabulary for your field, or check your knowledge of the General Service List : http://www.uefap.com/vocab/select/selfram.htm
Learn basic etymologies, to help you understand new words you come across: http://eapcslc.nd.edu/files/2014/03/Etymologies-Handout.pdf
Or make your vocabulary study into a game!: https://tefltastic.wordpress.com/worksheets/eap/awl/
There is always the possibility that teachers will encounter challenging situations in the classroom. International instructors may have the additional challenges of clear communication, and cultural expectations. This workshop presents strategies for preventing and dealing with these potential problems, and for promoting an effective learning environment.
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Tutorials in Managing Conflict (video suggestions)
If you want to improve your pronunciation, there is a lot more to think about than just isolated vowel and consonant sounds! This workshop addresses what other aspects of pronunciation are important for fostering clear communication, and identifies strategies for practicing these skills.
Networking and Interviewing are both activities that can cause anxiety at the prospect of trying them, especially for those communicating in a non-native language. However, by using and practicing communication skills you already possess, and by planning ahead for potential situations, you can become a very effective networker and interviewee.
Academic readings tend to have a high level of difficulty, and when one reads in a language other than one’s native tongue, the process can be even more challenging and time-consuming. This workshop addresses the strategies one can use to read effectively in various situations and with different purposes in mind.
Listening, comprehending, and taking good notes on a lecture can be difficult to do, especially when working outside one’s first language. This workshop identifies strategies one can use to improve one’s abilities, and suggests further ways to practice these skills.
This workshop discusses how the American university classroom is influenced by cultural values that may be new to the international student. There are a number of techniques that teachers or teaching assistants can use to prepare for teaching in the US academy, and to create a classroom environment conducive to learning.