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“Let’s Eat Grandma!" – Save Lives with Good Punctuation

Author: Brandon Cook

Commas, periods, hyphens, colons, and semicolons are only some of the punctuation marks most common to the written forms of the world’s languages. However, since the usage of each tends to vary from country to country, improper use can obscure intelligent thought and lead to miscommunication. Through in-class exercises, workshop participants reviewed the contexts and uses of the most common English punctuation marks as they appear in U.S. professional and non-professional writing. …

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Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Avoid It

Author: Christopher Scheirer

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 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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Academic Etiquette in Advisor/Student Relationships

Author: Christopher Scheirer

This workshop explored key strategies for fostering healthy and successful relationships between students and their academic advisors and professors.  Topics included how to ask your professor for help, how to request letters of recommendation, and how to write emails in the appropriate style and language.…

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Interpreting Subtext in Conversational English

Author: Christopher Scheirer

Have you ever left a conversation worried that you've misinterpreted a person's meaning or intention?  Then this workshop was definitely for you!  In this workshop, we learned how to identify, interpret, and practice some of the verbal signals and cues that native English speakers use to indirectly communicate intention and meaning. Examples included when "yes" or "maybe" actually means "no thank you."…

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Harvest Apple Picking

Author: Christopher Scheirer

The EAP Program is going apple picking! 

On October 27 at 11:00am, we will meet at the main circle and carpool to Kercher's Sunrise Orchards to pick apples and pumpkins and enjoy the fun activities and food they have there. Then, we'll go to EAP Post-doc Chris Scheirer's house to carve pumpkins in preparation for Halloween.…

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US Classroom Culture

Author: Christopher Scheirer

In this workshop, we discussed the cultural norms, behavior, and expectations of the American university classroom.  We then explored techniques that students and teachers can utilize for participating in and leading classroom discussions, interacting with other students, and working in groups.  We modeled effective question asking strategies and how to encourage student engagement and interactive learning.…

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