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ICAPE offers two types of workshops. We offer workshops for educators to help them improve their teaching skills. And, we offer workshops for multilingual students to help them improve their English language skills and achieve their academic goals.


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Academic Literacies Workshops

The International Center for Academic and Professional English offers online workshops on communication skills, cultural awareness and intercultural communication for students, faculty and staff.  Workshops are free for members of the Lehigh University community and $25 for all others.

Sign up now for the 2023 Spring Workshops

Slang Conversation Club 
Facilitator: Mike O'Neill
-Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm (Jan. 12 - June 8) - Maginnes 111

*Are you interested in learning English idioms, slang, and expressions used in everyday, real life situations? Do you want to develop your conversational skills while discussing culturally relevant topics related to the United States, as well as other countries? SLANG Conversation Club may be for you then! We will meet every Thursday, starting on 1/12/2022 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm until June 8th, 2023 in Maginnes 111                                                                                                                          

Intercultural Communication - (ICAPE/COIL)
Facilitator: Teresa Cusumano

- January 26th, 2023  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (EST) - FML 520

*Intercultural communication does not only involve skills in communicating with people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. It also involves tolerance of ambiguity and an openness to negotiate when the "conversational rules'' are not always explicit. This workshop will address some of these hidden rules, and workshop attendees will practice effective strategies for pre-empting and managing miscommunication with others.                                                                             

Making it Multimodal (Hybrid)
Facilitators: Teresa Cuumano and Jessica Harbaum

- February 23rd, 2023  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (EST) - FML 520

*Do your research papers and presentations lack pizzazz? Are you searching for ways to engage your audience? In this interactive workshop, you will learn about multimodal composition and its benefits. Learn how to engage your audience, communicate more effectively, and make your spoken and written assignments more dynamic.                                               

Library Resources (Hybrid)
Facilitators: Mike O'Neill, Jessica Harbaum and Elizabeth Young Miller    

- March 1st, 2023   4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (EST) - FML 520

*Ugh! A library research paper? College writing is a complex process, and good research and citation skills are critical. This workshop provides an overview of citation, strategies for finding reliable sources and time-saving techniques.
The Art of Global Professional Small Talk (ICAPE/ OIA/ CCPD Spring Workshop Event)
Facilitators: Mary Newbegin, Ali Erk, Lisa Keller, and Patricia Beaven  

- March 7th, 2023   4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (EST) - Maginnes 500

*Workplace social gatherings, meetings, and interviews require confidence, multicultural awareness, and good conversational skills. This workshop will focus on strategies for expanding your network, your influence, and your ability to engage in the art of small talk. Please join us for an exploration of how language choices can create a more positive intercultural networking experience.       

Speak Out: Extemporaneous Speech Workshop 
Facilitators: Jessica Harbaum and Teresa Cusumano   

- March 9th, 2023   5:00 pm - 6:30 pm (EST) - Roemmele Global Commons (Williams Hall)

*Does the idea of public speaking make you nervous? Do you wonder how some speakers  get up in front of a group and speak so eloquently? In this workshop we will practice the skill of extemporaneous speaking. Extemporaneous speeches are developed through outlining ideas, not writing them out word-for-word. During Speak Out, a hands-on workshop, you will craft a speech that expresses your opinion and practice extemporaneous delivery skills.
Secrets to Learning a Language: Language Reflection Technique 
Facilitator: Mike O'Neill   

- March 22nd, 2023   4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (EST) - Maginnes 105

*Want to learn a useful technique that enables you to improve your language skills anytime and anywhere? Join us for this workshop and be sure to bring your smartphone!
Using the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) to expand your academic vocabulary
Facilitators: Mike O'Neill and Mary Newbegin 

- April 5th, 2023   5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (EST) - Maginnes 103

*Have you ever second guessed your language choices when writing a research paper or an essay? Join us for this interactive workshop aimed to introduce students to corpus linguistics as a tool to improve your language choices and vocabulary. A corpus can provide a full understanding of a word and answer questions such as “Is this word used in academic writing?” and “What words are usually associated with this word?” Join us for this interactive workshop open to undergraduates, graduate students, and staff members.
The 20 Most-Common Grammatical Errors 
Facilitators: Mary Newbegin and Kayla Landers

- April 17th, 2023  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (EST) - TBD

*Do you struggle with self-editing? Are you concerned about grammatical errors in your writing? Join us for an in-depth look at some of the most common grammatical errors in English. Participants will review the “rules,” then discuss strategies for detecting errors in their own papers.

Write Your Memoir
Facilitator: Ashley Murphy

- April 21st, 2023   1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (EST) - via Zoom

*You have an important story to tell. In this interactive workshop, explore the personal  memoir genre and learn how to research  your own history and become a storyteller.  This is a great workshop for anyone who  wants to strengthen their creative writing  skills and share their own experiences and  identities with others through writing.
Introduction to Personal/Research Statements for Graduate Applications  
Facilitators: Yvonne Lee and Ashley Murphy

- April 28th, 2023   12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EST) - via Zoom

*Planning to apply to grad school? Asked to submit a personal or research statement, but not sure how to write one? Grab your lunch and open this Zoom meeting to learn why graduate schools ask for these statements, what they are looking for, and what to include.                                                              

  **Click here for a printable copy of the ICAPE Spring 2023 Workshops**                                                      

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