EAP Workshops

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EAP Workshops provide opportunities for international students, faculty, post-docs, visiting scholars, and staff to improve their English language proficiency and cultural knowledge in a way that supports their academic goals. Each 75-minute workshop is designed to be hands-on with opportunities for demonstration, discussion, and practice.

Questions concerning the EAP Workshop Schedule?
Please contact the CSLC at (574) 631-5881 or email EAP post-doc Erik Ellis

Have you missed a recent EAP workshop?
You can find all of the resources presented at each session on the CSLC News and Events EAP Page

Fall 2019 EAP Workshop Schedule  

Date

Topic

Place/Time

Description

Wednesday,
September 11

Learning, American Style: Navigating US Classroom Culture

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116 O'Shaughnessey Hall
12:00-1:15pm

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.

Wednesday, 
September 25

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

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116 O'Shaughnessey Hall
12:00-1:15pm

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.

Monday, 
October 7

Their Ideas, My Words: Paraphrasing Techniques

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334 Bond Hall (CSLC)
5:00-6:15pm

This workshop will walk the attendees through the process of using paraphrasing techniques to appropriately report on others' ideas. 

 

 

Wednesday,
October 16

Stove, Move, Love: Improving Your English Pronunciation

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116 O'Shaughnessey Hall
12:00-1:15pm

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.

Wednesday,
October 30

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

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116 O'Shaughnessey Hall
12:00-1:15pm

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.

Wednesday, 
November 13

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

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116 O'Shaughnessey Hall
12:00-1:15pm

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.

Wednesday,
November 20

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

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116 O'Shaughnessey Hall
12:00-1:15pm

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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