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"Let's eat Grandma!" : How to Save Lives and Write Successfully through Better Punctuation

Author: Guieswende Rouamba

In academic writing, punctuation is vitally important in establishing meaning and dividing complex ideas into manageable chunks. This workshop will review the rules of English punctuation, discuss features peculiar to American English, and compare and contrast examples of good and bad punctuation so that attendees can understand why these “jots and tittles” make such a difference in our lives.…

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Mine, Yours, and Theirs: Giving Credit and Taking Responsibility in Academic Writing

Author: Guieswende Rouamba

American academic culture simultaneously places high value on originality and on thorough review of the work of previous scholars. Learning how to balance these two demands is difficult, as expectations arise from complex cultural norms that cannot be internalized merely by following a prescribed citation style. In this workshop, we will examine both the broad assumptions that govern the perception of plagiarism in American academic culture and learn strategies for giving credit to other writers while developing a unique authorial voice.…

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Stove, Move, Love: Improving Your English Pronunciation

Author: Guieswende Rouamba

There is often a great distance between the way English words are written and the way they are pronounced. This problem is further complicated by the many different regional and national accents that learners encounter at our university. We will examine how intonation and context influence pronunciation at the level of the word, sentence, and paragraph. Attendees will learn how to boost their comprehension of others while making themselves more easily understood.…

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"Hi, how are you?": Socializing with Americans (And why that’s not really the question

Author: Guieswende Rouamba

Due to cultural differences, learning how to greet Americans and carry on casual or formal conversations can be challenging even for native English speakers from other  countries. If you have ever wondered how to respond when your advisor calls you by your first name, or why colleagues ask a question but just keep walking, come to this workshop to explore the unstated assumptions that govern social interactions at an American university.…

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Celsius and Fahrenheit cross at -40°: Winter is Coming! How to Prepare for it

Author: Guieswende Rouamba

Winter in northern Indiana is extreme. The days are short, the nights are long, the air is cold, and the snow never stops. In this workshop, we will discuss practical issues like transportation, dress, and staying warm while also examining the importance of staying physically and mentally fit in the long and dark winter months.…

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Learning, American Style: Navigating US Classroom Culture

Author: Guieswende Rouamba

We will compare and contrast academic cultures in the United States and globally. In addition to exploring differing approaches to formality and familiarity, participation, assessment, and collaboration, we will discuss the "unwritten rules" that govern interactions both in and outside of the classroom.…

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CSLC Moving to Bond Hall

Author: Guieswende Rouamba

We are excited to announce that in July 2019, the CSLC will move to the 3rd floor of Bond Hall, where we will enjoy expanded space for our core programs and student services as well as proximity to flexible-learning classrooms designed specifically for language learning. Bond Hall has been reimagined as an integrated hub for student success organizations; it will also be outfitted with a number of new and innovative learning spaces. We are delighted to be a part of this vision and believe our new home will enable us to expand the impact of our many successful programs, including peer tutoring, language tables, study and conversation groups, and cultural events.  "It was clear that the CSLC had outgrown 329 DeBartolo Hall, in view of the intense demand for our offerings and the continuing urgency to anchor language and culture at the center of a Notre Dame education, " said Dr. Brian Ó Conchubhair, CSLC Director. "We are thrilled to have gained more space for our programs and services, look forward to designing and using new classrooms calibrated for language pedagogy, and are delighted to be working in close proximity with other student learning organizations."  

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Nonverbal Communication

Author: Brandon Cook

Not all communication is verbal; gestures, facial expressions, and body position – although silent – can say a lot about an individual’s (and your own!) thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and intentions. In this workshop, we discussed some principles of nonverbal communication and culturally specific expressions of body language techniques relevant to effective interpersonal communication and networking in the United States. …

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Listening and Note-Taking: Skills and Techniques

Author: Brandon Cook

Understanding rapid speech or remembering the content of a complex presentation can be challenging. This may be doubly true for those studying the United States whose first language is not English. This workshop helped participants improve their aural comprehension by discussing the principles of good listening and providing strategies for taking better notes.…

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