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EAP Workshop: “They Ask ‘How Are You?’ But Then Walk Away”: How to Socialize with Americans

Author: Brandon Cook

Each nation and culture has a unique set of norms, expectations, and natural rhythms when it comes to socializing and making connections with other people. The United States is no different. In this workshop participants recognized and addressed some of the particularities of interpersonal relations and patterns of socialization that international students often find most challenging about U.S. American culture. Participants came away with a better understanding of how to relate to their U.S. American colleagues and Americans in general. The slides and video recording of the workshop are also available here.

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EAP Workshop: Composing Academic Emails

Author: Brandon Cook

In this workshop, participants discussed the cultural and structural-compositional issues at play in professional email communication. They reviewed and practiced writing emails to different audiences. The slides and video recording of the workshop are also available here.

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EAP Workshop: English Pronunciation-Strategies & Techniques

Author: Brandon Cook

To improve your pronunciation, there is a lot more to think about than just isolated vowel and consonant sounds! This workshop, led by Brandon Cook, addressed the other aspects of pronunciation that are important for fostering clear communication, and it identified strategies for practicing these skills. The slides and video recording of the workshop are also available here.

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EAP Workshop: How to Avoid Plagiarism–Paraphrasing and Using Sources Effectively

Author: Brandon Cook

This workshop focused on ways to present academic sources in an ethical and transparent manner. Topics included a definition of plagiarism, a description of the harm it causes, and three strategies to use sources appropriately. The workshop concluded with a discussion of citation forms and how to learn more about them. The slides and video recording of the workshop are also available here.

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EAP Workshop: Grants & Fellowships

Author: Brandon Cook

This workshop explored the nuts and bolts of searching for grants and fellowships through search engines like Pivot, as well as finding successful examples of applicants from ND to specific grants, like the Fulbright, NASA, DAAD, and many more. It also dealt with the nuts and bolts of composing application documents like research abstracts and proposals. The slides and video recording of the workshop are also available here.

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EAP Workshop: Academic English

Author: Brandon Cook

Based on Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein’s “They Say/I Say”: The Moves that Matter in Academia (2006), this workshop presented several techniques non-native speakers can use to maximize their success when speaking and writing in English. It focused on strategies to use in academic writing, including how to use secondary sources, and how to situate one’s own work within broader academic discourse. The slides and video recording of the workshop are also available here.

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EAP Workshop: U.S. Classroom Culture

Author: Brandon Cook

In this workshop, we will discuss the cultural values that influence U.S. classrooms and how they are manifest in classroom behavior and expectations. We then explore how international students and instructors can effectively guide classroom discussions and connect with students, as well as how they can participate in academic discussions themselves. The slides and video recording of the workshop are also available here.

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EAP Workshop: Revising, Editing, and Online Writing Tools

Author: Ryne Clos

For most of us, the most challenging step in producing a publication-worthy piece of writing comes in the revision process. What are the best practices for improving an already-written article or chapter? How should you make best use of the commentary and feedback you receive from peers and faculty? This workshop will answer these questions while also discussing various online writing tools that can aid in the process. If you missed this workshop, you may access the slides from it here

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EAP Workshop: Academic Email

Author: Anna Seibach Larsen

In this workshop, participants discussed the cultural and grammatical issues at play in professional email communication. We practiced writing emails to different audiences. If you missed the workshop, you can access the slides here.…

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EAP Workshop: U.S. Classroom Culture

Author: Anna Seibach Larsen

In this workshop, we discussed the cultural values that influence  U.S. classrooms and how they are manifest in classroom behavior and expectations. We then explored ways in which international students and instructors can effectively guide classroom discussions and connect with students, as well as how they can participate in academic discussions themselves. The slides are available here

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EAP Workshop: Academic English

Author: Anna Siebach-Larsen

This workshop presented several techniques non-native speakers can use to maximize their success when speaking and writing in English. It focused particularly on strategies you can use in your academic writing, including how to use secondary sources and how to situate your own work within broader academic discourse.…

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Preparing for an Academic Job Interview: EAP Workshop

Author: Ricky Klee

For interviewing purposes, one must be able to describe one’s research and teaching in a succinct, clear, and interesting way.  There are many questions and customs that are associated with interviewing for a job.  This workshop explored ways to prepare for the interview stage of an academic job search, offering information about interview practices, and strategies for addressing common questions posed during the interview.  If you missed the workshop and would like to see the slides, they can be found here

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EAP Workshop: A Little Bit of Grammar Goes a Long Way (Condensed)

Author: Belen Vicens

This one-session advanced grammar workshop, which took place on 7 April 2016, was especially designed for international graduate students. The workshop was based on some of the most challenging rules of usage from Strunk and White’s Elements of Style (originally published in 1920).

The slides can be accessed here

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EAP Workshop: Grants and Fellowships

Author: Ricky Klee

Co-Sponsored by the Office of Grants and Fellowships (website: http://graduateschool.nd.edu/professional_development/research/  email: gradgrants@nd.edu)  this workshop explored the nuts and bolts of searching for grants and fellowships through search engines like Pivot, as well as finding successful examples of applicants from ND to specific grants, like the Fulbright, NASA, DAAD, and many more.  It also dealt with the nuts and bolts of composing application documents like CVs and research abstracts, and asking faculty for letters of recommendation.  If you missed the workshop and would like to learn more, the slides can be found here

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EAP Workshop: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing

Author: Belen Vicens

Based on Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein’s “They Say/I Say”: The Moves that Matter in Academia (2006), this workshop, which took place on 2/25/16, offered international graduate students an overview of some of the most important conventions in US English academic writing. We explored, for example, how to introduce your own views after reviewing the relevant literature; how to quote and characterize the views of others; and how to distinguish what you say from what others say.…

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EAP Workshop: Dear Email... Or how to write effective academic emails

Author: Belen Vicens

Due to unforeseen problems with the classroom reservation, this workshop, which was scheduled for 2/11/16 at 6:30pm, had to be canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The workshop's description is as follows: "This workshop is designed to help international graduate students familiarize themselves with the cultural conventions surrounding academic emails. Students will be asked to bring to class either an email they have already written or an idea for an email they need to write. Together, we will workshop effective writing strategies for emails addressed to advisors, journal editors, colleagues, and students."…

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EAP Workshop: How to Work the Conference: Developing a Public Scholarly Identity

Author: Belen Vicens

This workshop, held on January 28th and led by Belen Vicens, introduced students to the concept of developing a public scholarly identity in conferences. Based on Dr. Karen Kelsky's book The Professor Is In (2015), we explored what effective conferencing looks like, the nuts and bolts of networking, self-promotion, and the building of a public scholarly identity both in the conference setting and beyond.…

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EAP Workshop: Online Tools for Academic Writing

Author: Belen Vicens

This workshop, led by Belen Vicens, is designed to help international graduate students identify and utilize online tools for English academic writing, including online dictionaries, Google applications, and citation management tools. Students had the chance to use some of these tools in class, as well as to share other tools they have found to be useful in their work.…

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EAP Workshop: Academia and Family Life

Author: Ricky Klee

This workshop explored the complicated ways an academic career relates to family life.  Topics included policies relating to childbirth accomodation, childcare, and medical coverage at Notre Dame, as well as new policies developed at other universities to assist doctoral students with children.…

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EAP Workshop: A Little Grammar Goes a Long Way, Part II

Author: Belen Vicens

Originally published in 1959, Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style is one of the most influential English grammar books ever written. Written in a clear and concise manner, its eleven rules of grammar provide a necessary foundation for English writing. Part II of this two-session workshop, led by Belen Vicens, helps international graduate students master the second set of rules (7 to 11).…

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EAP Workshop: How to Avoid Plagiarism

Author: Ricky Klee

This workshop focused on ways to present academic sources in an ethical and transparent manner.  Topics included a definition of plagiarism, a description of the harm it causes, and three strategies to use sources appropriately.  The workshop concluded with a discussion of citation forms and how to learn more about them. …

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EAP Workshop: A Little Grammar Goes a Long Way, Part I

Author: Belen Vicens

Originally published in 1959, Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style is one of the most influential English grammar books ever written. Written in a clear and concise manner, its eleven rules of grammar provide a necessary foundation for English writing. Part I of this two-session workshop, led by Belen Vicens, helps international graduate students master the first set of rules (1 to 6), while Part II, on November 12, will focus on the second set (rules 7 to 11).…

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EAP Workshop: CVs for International Students

Author: Lisa Oglesbee

A CV, or Curriculum Vitae, is an academic document with a genre, format, and style all its own.  Distinct from a resume, a CV is a required document in academic job applications and a useful tool to communicate accomplishments, scholarly expertise, and professional service. This EAP workshop, led by Ricky Klee and co-sponsored by Career Services in the Graduate School, explored the purpose and construction of a CV, and shared tips and supports for international students seeking to build and maintain CV in English.…

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EAP Workshop: Women in Academia: The Joys and Challenges of Graduate School

Author: Lisa Oglesbee

As in most other socioeconomic spheres, women in academia tend to face greater challenges than their male counterparts. This workshop, led by Belen Vicens, is designed to introduce international graduate students to the state of academia from the point of view of gender. Tenure rates, wage gaps, sexual harassment, and the so-called “Baby Penalty” will be discussed with an eye towards striking the right the balance between desired outcomes and realistic expectations. …

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EAP Workshop: English Pronunciation Strategies and Techniques

Author: Lisa Oglesbee

To improve your pronunciation, there is a lot more to think about than just isolated vowel and consonant sounds! This workshop, led by Ricky Klee, addressed what other aspects of pronunciation are important for fostering clear communication, and identifies strategies for practicing these skills.

View the presentation slides for this workshop here

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EAP Workshop: US Classroom Culture

Author: Lisa Oglesbee

This workshop, led by Ricky Klee, discussed 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.…

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