Archive for the ‘English for Academic Purposes’ Category

Graduate Student Appreciation Week – Book Giveaway

Posted on February 8, 2013 in Career Center, English for Academic Purposes, Graduate School, Kaneb Center, Uncategorized, Writing Center

In celebration of the upcoming Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (Feb. 18-22) the Professional Development Team is applauding our graduate students by giving away books at several of our events. A copy of a related book will be presented to four lucky graduate student attendees selected at random. Below are all the events where books will be available, please check our calendar page for the full list of this semester’s professional development events and workshops.

Exploring Career Options

Tue Feb 19, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: Flanner 114
Book: Putting Your Science to Work by Peter Fiske

Dissertation Proposal Accepted: What Now?
Tue Feb 19, 3:00 – 4:15pm
Location: 200 Riley Hall
Book: Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day by Joan Bolker

English for Academic Purposes: Forms and Structures for Clearer Writing
Tue Feb 19, 6:30 – 7:45pm
Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
Book: Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers by Nigel Caplan

Grad School Game Plan: Time Management
Thu Feb 21, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Notre Dame Room, LaFortune
Book: Time Management for Dummies by Dirk Zeller

Providing Reasonable Accommodations to Students with Disabilities in the Classroom
Tue Feb 26, 2:00 – 3:15pm
Notre Dame Conference Center, 101-104 McKenna Hall
Book: What the Best College Teachers Do by ken Bain

International Graduate Students: Language, Teaching, and Career Paths

Posted on September 5, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, International Students, Uncategorized

What are the core components of a graduate student’s academic life? Scholarship and research, teaching, ethics, and finding a career path are all important to graduate students. Where and how do communication skills fit in?

International graduate students around the country are getting help from their universities as they work on improving their English language skills. The New York Times reports that international “graduate students at Ohio University spend up to two hours a day learning how to speak so that their American colleagues and students will understand them.”

Here at Notre Dame, The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program offers several initiatives for international students targeting English language skills.

The EAP Workshop Series is intended to provide international students opportunities for improving their English language proficiency in ways that directly support their academic goals. Workshops are open to all international students and do not require registration. Each 75-minute workshop is designed to be hands-on with opportunities for demonstration, Q&A/discussion, and practice.

In addition to the workshops the CSLC offers tutoring and consultation sessions for international students. Please see our website for more information: http://cslc.nd.edu/eap/

Three Ways for Graduate Students to Use the Writing Center

Posted on September 4, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Hesburgh Library, International Students, Kaneb Center, Research, Writing Center

Good writers talk about their writing with other writers.  It’s as simple as that.  But finding another writer to talk to sometimes isn’t so simple.  At the University Writing Center, graduate students find attentive listeners and careful readers, ready to offer thoughtful feedback on any writing project.

Here are three ways that graduate students can make use of the Writing Center to help improve their writing.

One-on-One Writing Consultations.  We offer free, 45-minute consultations on any aspect of the writing process–from generating, organizing, and outlining ideas to drafting, editing, and polishing arguments.  Graduate students make use of this consultation service in a number of ways, for example:

  • One-time consultations on fellowship applications, grant proposals, seminar papers, scientific papers, and scholarly articles.
  • Ongoing consultations on longer projects, such as theses, dissertations, and scholarly books.

Our Read-Ahead Service is available for graduate students pursuing extended writing projects. One-time and ongoing appointments can be scheduled with a consultant using our online appointment scheduler.

Workshops. We offer a number of workshops each semester, including:

  • Dissertation Camp, a week-long, intensive writing immersion experience for graduate students at the dissertation or thesis stage. This workshop is offered during Fall Break and Spring Break in partnership with the Hesburgh Libraries.
  • Grant Writing Bootcamp, a week-long workshop focused on developing strong grant proposals, offered in conjunction with the Graduate School Office of Grants and Fellowships.
  • Commenting on Student Writing, a workshop for TAs and faculty who provide written feedback to students on their writing, offered in partnership with the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and the English for Academic Purposes program.

Resource Library. In the Writing Center, we have a library of print resources on writing, including:

  • Current editions of all major style manuals (MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian)
  • Topic-specific writing guides (e.g. literature reviews, empirical research reports, dissertation project management, etc.)
  • Grammar and usage guides

For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit the Writing Center website.

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International Graduate Students and Dependents

Posted on July 2, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, Graduate School, International Students

Navigating services and resources the university has to offer international graduate students and dependents can be complicated. To simplify this process, information on where to start and who to contact is available through Notre Dame International – International Student Services and Activities (ISSA).  ISSA invites all international students and dependents to take advantage of the many programs and information sessions provided throughout the year.  Sessions content range from understanding American culture, work authorization, to dependent resources and activities.  The mission of ISSA is to provide service excellence to international students and the Notre Dame community, in order to ensure an educational experience that is both meaningful and successful.  Our goal is that all international students will have a positive and enriching experience at the university.

ISSA serves to reach not only students and dependents, but also the greater campus community.  Additionally, ISSA educates and promotes the richness of the international campus community through campus engagement, programs, and services.   As the primary link between international graduate students and the campus, ISSA encourages the campus to celebrate the exchange of ideas and cultural diversity, which is critical towards the development of innovative ideas and perspectives.

ISSA welcomes inquiries and loves visits.  Please visit our office at 105 Main Building or e-mail issa@nd.edu to learn more about services and resources.

Networking and International Students

Posted on June 18, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, International Students

Finding a job, internship, or post-doc can be a confusing and challenging process. While employers may be looking for applicants with diverse experience and the ability to speak more than one language, searching for a position as an international student can involve additional challenges.

According to a recent study, highlighted in Inside Higher Ed, many international students have trouble making friends while on US campuses: Friendless in America. Not only does this make their time on campus difficult it may significantly reduce the professional development opportunities available to international students.

Developing a wide range of friendly people who share information and help each other look for and find opportunities is critical. Since opportunities may not be advertised widely, it is essential that you build relationships with people who point you in the right direction.

While looking for career opportunities “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

For more help with networking contact The Office of Graduate Student Career Services or The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.

EAP Celebrates Two Years of Accomplishments

Posted on April 25, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, International Students

Over the past two years the CSLC’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program has worked to help international students achieve their academic goals. Since the very first EAP workshop in Fall 2010 we have presented nearly 50 additional sessions with topics ranging from “Editing & Revising Academic Writing” to “Interviewing and Networking Strategies for International Students.” In that time we have also offered four courses for graduate students and hosted countless one-on-one tutoring and consultation sessions.

One question we often hear is: “What advice do you have for international students studying in an English-speaking environment for the first time?” Second language acquisition is dependent on a variety of factors; students progress at different rates depending on individual characteristics. Those students who make the most progress apply the strategies they learned in their many years of English classes (and from EAP events) to every context. No matter what you are doing, whether you are in a class, studying, or talking with your colleagues, you can work on specific aspects of your academic English.

It is the goal of the EAP to have all students improve their oral and written communication proficiency by supporting them wherever possible. The courses and workshops are designed to help international students have successful academic experiences at Notre Dame. In addition, we work to promote international students’ professional development so they can excel in careers, fully prepared and with confidence.

If you or anyone you know as questions regarding EAP support, please contact me directly, markel.6@nd.edu or 631-4227.

Thank you for helping to promote EAP resources to international students and others.

Stew Markel

Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC)
Assistant Director for Assessment & Testing
Coordinator, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Classroom Strategies for International Teaching Assistants

Posted on March 30, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, Uncategorized

If you will have TA duties in the future or are planning on becoming faculty at a US university please consider enrolling in AL 73004: Classroom Strategies for International Teaching Assistants.

The course centers on the cultural and linguistic challenges of the US classroom, focusing primarily on the roles and expectations of teaching assistants and faculty. The course offers international graduate students the opportunity to develop and refine their teaching and communication skills through interactive activities that focus on authentic academic contexts.

From the course text, “Many faculty and graduate students from other countries expect language difficulties when they teach, but are unprepared for other surprises: different cultures make different assumptions about the academic background of college students, how students learn, the appropriate roles of teachers and students, and even the fundamental purpose of a college education.” Sarkisian, E. (2006). Teaching American students: A guide for international faculty and teaching assistants in colleges and universities. Cambridge, Mass: Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

For more information please contact:
Stew Markel
Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC)
Coordinator, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
smarkel@nd.edu

Workshop Etiquette

Posted on March 23, 2012 in Career Center, Center for Social Concerns, English for Academic Purposes, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Graduate Student Union, Hesburgh Library, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research, Uncategorized, Writing Center

Your behavior at a workshop or an employer information session can be an indication of your professional behavior after you leave graduate school.  Therefore you want to be sure you are sending a professional, responsible message.  It is extremely important that you remember professional etiquette at these events.  I have listed a few reminders below to think about prior to your attendance at either a workshop or employer sponsored event.

1) If you RSVP for an event, attend.  If you cannot attend, notify the organizer, within 24 hours in advance (if possible).  If you do not know who to contact to withdraw your registration, please contact the Graduate School at 631-1704 or gradprofdev@gmail.com and they will help you withdraw your registration.

2)If food and drink are served, exercise control.  That means take one piece of pizza and one drink.  If there are left overs, you may go back for seconds.  Piling your plate with four pieces of pizza and grabbing a water and a soda are inappropriate.

3)Prepare a few questions ahead of time and ask them when the presenter calls for questions.  Most of the time a presenter will state their preference on answering questions.  Most likely they will call for questions at the end of the presentation while others welcome questions amidst the presentation.  Asking them at these times is most appropriate.  However there are some questions that need to be asked one-on-one versus in front of the entire group (those that are very specific to your situation). This will help alleviate the long line of students after the presentation.

If you have questions about any of these points or would like to know more about workshop and event etiquette please contact the Graduate Career Program at 248 Flanner Hall or 574.631.4058.

Language Support for International Students

Posted on February 15, 2012 in English for Academic Purposes, Graduate School, Writing Center

Did you know that English language support is available for international students?

The Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures’ English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program offers several initiatives for international students targeting English language skills. I encourage any students struggling with language issues to take advantage of our services.

The EAP Workshop Series is intended to provide international students opportunities for improving their English language proficiency in ways that directly support their academic goals. Workshops are open to all international students and do not require registration. Each 75-minute workshop is designed to be hands-on with opportunities for demonstration, Q&A/discussion, and practice.

In addition to the workshops the CSLC offers tutoring and consultation sessions for international students. Please see our website for more information: http://cslc.nd.edu/eap/

Thank you for helping to promote these EAP resources to the international students and others in your department. Please forward this message to interested students and faculty.

Stew Markel
Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC)
Coordinator, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
smarkel@nd.edu