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Workshop Descriptions

 

Free Fall Workshop Series

Workshops are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 from September 12 until November 23 in MCB 2110. Workshop descriptions are below the calendar.

The Mechanics of Writing
Tuesdays 4:30-6:30
Focus on Communication
Thursdays 4:30-6:30
Sept. 12
The World of Nouns

Sept. 14
Effective Oral Presentations

Sept. 19
The World of Verbs

Sept. 21
The Three-Minute Thesis (3MT)

Sept. 26
Academic Vocabulary

Sept. 28
The Art of Debate

Oct. 03
The Sentence

Oct. 05
Listening Strategies and Techniques

Oct. 10
Punctuation 

Oct. 12
Informal Speaking 1

Oct. 17
Canadian Culture and Language

Oct. 19
Speaking about Numbers and Statistics

Oct. 24
Why is English so Weird?

Oct. 26
Academic Communication for the Classroom

Oct. 31
Writing about Numbers and Statistics

Nov. 02
English for Healthcare and the Health Professions

Nov. 14
Proofreading

Nov. 16
Pronunciation

Nov. 21
Email Writing
Nov. 23
Informal Speaking 2

Workshop Descriptions

The Mechanics of Writing (Tuesdays 4:30-6:30)

The Tuesday workshop series called The Mechanics of Writing focuses on the specific needs of students whose first language is not English. It is a review of all the building blocks of grammar to improve your writing on exams, assignments, and academic papers, and to help you make the most out of other academic support on campus such as the Study Skills workshops, the Writing Centre, and writing classes. Each workshop is self-contained, so you can come to just a few, or come every Tuesday. The workshops will include explanation of rules and theory, as well as ample time for writing feedback by a qualified and experienced ESL instructor. Click here to register.

The World of Nouns

Many grammatical errors happen at the level of the noun. In this workshop, you will examine this most basic of grammatical building blocks in order to write more accurately and in a more academic register.

The World of Verbs

This workshop and the following will encompass a review of all verb tenses, from basic to complex, and how they interplay in academic writing.

Academic Vocabulary

Learn how to boost your academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through a focus on vocabulary. The workshop includes strategies, tools and resources for strengthening academic vocabulary.

The Sentence

In this workshop you will look at writing on the sentence level, and help you add variety and complexity to your writing by accurately using a variety of sentence structures.

Punctuation

This workshop is a review of punctuation: periods, commas, semi-colons, and more, with a particular focus on common difficulties for writers whose first language is not English.

Canadian Culture and Language

In this interactive workshop, learn about and discuss the elements of culture and history that make Canadian English unique.

Why is English so Weird?

This workshop will focus on how the history of the English language has shaped modern-day English. Many of the features of English that seem strange or inexplicable to learners make more sense when looked at in light of their historical explanation. The workshop will include explanations, examples and activities.

Writing about Numbers and Statistics

This workshop will cover the grammar of writing about numbers, data, statistics, trends and generalizations.

Proofreading

You are the most important editor of your own writing. This workshop will help you develop the linguistic skills necessary to be your own proofreader and editor.

Email Writing This highly interactive session will take a practical approach to improving your professional email-writing skills. The workshop will involve practice and individual feedback on your writing.

Focus on Communication (Thursdays 4:30-6:30)

The Thursday workshop series focuses on strategies and resources for successful communication in a variety of common contexts. The workshops will include discussion of theory as well as lots of practice time with a qualified and experienced ESL instructor. Click here to register.

Effective Oral Presentations

This highly interactive workshop will help you improve your preparation and delivery of oral presentations in English.

The Three-Minute Thesis (3MT)

Many Dal grad students participate in the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT), an academic communication competition where participants present their research in an engaging and understandable way. Whether you choose to participate in the 3MT competition or not, as a grad student, clear communication about your research is a key skill. In this workshop we will look at the basics of how to structure and deliver a short presentation about your area of research or study.

The Art of Debate

Discussing and debating ideas is an essential skill for tutorials, seminars, group work and conference presentations. This workshop will focus on the necessary linguistic resources to debate in an academic context, and will include practical exercises and activities.

Listening Strategies and Techniques

This workshop will introduce you to a variety of strategies to cope with listening and note-taking in the context of academic lectures.

Informal Speaking 1

The first of two highly interactive workshops focusing on communication strategies and linguistic resources for a variety of informal contexts, from social situations to shopping to day-to-day life. The workshop will include practice time overseen by an instructor.

Speaking about Numbers and Statistics

This workshop will cover the grammar of talking about numbers, data, statistics, trends and generalizations.

Academic Communication for the Classroom

This workshop will focus on strategies to improve your fluency and communication in academic settings such as tutorial discussions, seminars and labs.

English for Healthcare and the Health Professions

This workshop is designed for students studying to be health care professionals, such as nurses, occupational therapists, medical doctors and technologists, psychologists, etc. Topics include medical vocabulary and communicating effectively with patients in English.

Pronunciation

This workshop will focus on the mechanics, sounds and rhythm of English to improve your pronunciation issues. The workshop includes theory as well as practice time.
Informal Speaking 2 The second of two highly interactive workshops focusing on communication strategies and linguistic resources for a variety of informal contexts, from social situations to shopping to day-to-day life. The workshop will include practice time overseen by an instructor.