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“They Ask ‘How Are You?’ But 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 making connections with other people. The United States is no different. This workshop identified and addressed some of the particularities of interpersonal relations and patterns of socialization that may be the most challenging about American culture.

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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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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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Writing Cover Letters

Author: Brandon Cook

A neat and well-written cover letter or resume may make the difference between getting a job interview or having your CV or resume ignored. This workshop walked participants through the ins and outs of writing a quality cover letter that will make the best impression on employers. This workshop was co-lead by Liz Loughran, Ph.D. from Notre Dame Graduate Career Services

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Work-Life Balance & Time Management

Author: Brandon Cook

Preparing a conference paper, organizing a conference, and writing a dissertation all take time. But how do you “find the time” to do it all and still maintain a sane and healthy lifestyle? This workshop discussed ways to make time for family, friends, community, vacation, and for any other demands while maintaining a productive and successful academic career. Participants were introduced to specific tools, techniques, and approaches to maximizing the very precious commodity of time to the benefit of our overall health and happiness.…

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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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