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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

Flta 2017
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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Notre Dame language faculty participate in an OPI Assessment Workshop

Author: Amy Hoffman

As a professional development opportunity for Notre Dame language faculty, the CSLC hosted a 4-and-a-half-day workshop on the ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) Assessment. The OPI is an internationally recognized assessment for determining speaking abilities using natural conversation and is used by government agencies, such as the Department of Defense and NASA; academic institutions, such as Rutgers University and Yale University; and private entities, such as Coca-Cola and Samsung.…

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Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Author: Aline Irihamye

Congratulations to the CSLC’s nineteen seniors who will be graduating this year!

The Class of 2017 has served as Student Managers, Peer Tutors, and Desk Staff and have greatly contributed to making the CSLC the fun, exciting place that it is. We are very excited for all this is in store for our seniors.…

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Why Linguistics is Hard for Computers

Author: Anne Daly

 

*This talk was filmed on Tuesday, April 18 2017.

Summary: Computers are able to easily surpass humans at many tasks such as adding large amounts of numbers together, but fail on linguistic tasks that humans do without thinking. In this talk, Kenton Murray will give an introduction to Computational Linguistics and explain the many pitfalls that computers encounter when trying to understand language. Murray will give a background on the work that's been done over the last half century to try and tackle this problem, and finish with a short overview of the cutting-edge work being done here at Notre Dame. This talk is an introduction to Computational Linguistics and is aimed at people with an interest in Linguistics, but who do not necessarily have any background in Computer Science.…

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EAP Workshop: Conferences and Networking

Author: Ryne Clos

Conferences are often fun, motivating events that will push your research forward and allow you to interact with other researchers in your field. But just as often, conferences cause anxiety, because we are all told of the importance of using them to “network” but find the process of doing that intimidating or mystifying. This workshop will decode the conference as an event, discuss what networking means, and provide you with strategies to successfully utilize conferences as networking opportunities. This workshop was held on 12 April. If you missed this workshop, you may access the Powerpoint slides 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 Writing

Author: Ryne Clos

What is the key to an effective academic essay? What is the most convincing way to craft a written argument for an audience of scholars? In this workshop, you will learn the basic principles of classical rhetoric and how to apply these principles to academic writing. You will also learn about strategies for writing effective literature reviews and introduction sections. If you missed the workshop, you may access the Powerpoint slides here

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EAP Workshop: Work-Life Balance

Author: Ryne Clos

A career in academics is a uniquely challenging one, because there are no set hours when one is “on-the-clock” and when one is not. When are we not working? An academic career can take up all of your time, if you allow it to. This is obviously a poor choice. This workshop will discuss ways in which you can find time for your family, for your social life, for your community, for vacation, and for any other demands that you need to fit into your schedule, while maintaining a productive and successful academic career. Work-life balance is crucial to your health and happiness and it will actually make you a more productive member of the academy, too. If you missed the workshop, you may access the Powerpoint slides here

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EAP Workshop: Academic Job Interviews

Author: Ryne Clos

The academic job search is a difficult process. It is pitiless and impersonal, governed more by conventional standards than by any specific concerns of the job or the applicants. While this can make the process intimidating, it also means that most academic job interviews—no matter the university or the discipline—are more or less the same. This workshop will take advantage of this predictability, allowing you to understand the interviewing process as well as providing you with strategies to thrive during your interviews. If you missed the workshop, you may access the Powerpoint slides here

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EAP Workshop: Surviving Winter

Author: Ryne Clos

The South Bend winter is long, cold, and snowy. It can present several challenges to those who are not accustomed to such conditions. These include transportation difficulty, less opportunity for outdoor recreation, limited daylight hours, childcare complications, and discomfort with being outside in extreme low temperatures. This workshop will address these issues and propose ways to survive winter. If you missed the workshop, you may access the Powerpoint slides here

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