Archive for the ‘International Students’ Category

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:

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 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.

Ethics Café Announced

Posted on June 14, 2012 in Career Center, Graduate School, Hesburgh Library, International Students, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research

The Graduate School and Reilly Center are teaming up to host an Ethics Café six times per academic year beginning fall 2012. Cafés seek to encourage conversation, debate, and interaction. The Ethics Café at Notre Dame will offer faculty, students and staff a space to learn about ethical issues pertaining to responsible conduct of research, professional conduct, engagement with the public, and other worldly matters. Be on the lookout for more information!

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, 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)