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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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God, countries, Notre Dame: Eleven Fulbright foreign language ambassadors arrive on campus

Author: Nicolle Ho

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Left to right: Rossana Luna (Brazil), Mamiko Tokuda (Japan), Han-Wen Hsu (Taiwan), Valentina Kurenshchikova (Russia), Gunes Tunc (Turkey), Seaghan Mac an tSionnaigh (Ireland), Charlotte Friederike (Germany), Gourab Ghosh (India), Thao Nguyen (Vietnam), Raghdaa Abouserie (Egypt), Silvia Junde (Tanzania)

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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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My citizenship, myself

Author: Selena Ponio '18

I sit beside a large man who is sobbing and wearing a cowboy hat. In the front of the room is a hollow, emerald green statue of Lady Liberty about as tall as I am. This is my American citizenship ceremony. I am 14 years old and irritated that I have to miss a day of school to be “welcomed” into a country that I have already been living in since I was 3.

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8 ND Students Affiliated with the CSLC Receive Fulbright Awards

Author: Allegra Wallingford

This year, a record-breaking 38 Notre Dame students and alumni were granted Fulbright Awards to study abroad for the 2017-18 year. Fulbright recipients are able to conduct research or teach languages abroad. Eight of this year's thirty-eight recipients were affiliated with the CSLC before graduating, either as tutors or students taking TESOL courses. Read on to see what these graduates will be up to next year!…

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