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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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ACT 48 Workshop for Teacher Development: Supporting Multilingual Students in Online Classes

Register for all three workshops and receive a 10% discount!

Non-Lehigh Registration

Lehigh Registration

Transitioning to remote learning in a disrupted environment is a challenge for any faculty member.  Online education is of a different nature than teaching in the classroom and from teaching courses that were designed for online delivery. This becomes increasingly challenging when teachers need to support students in multicultural online classrooms. Lehigh University's International Center for Academic and Professional English's three part ACT 48 workshop series supports education professionals working with multilingual students in multicultural classrooms and will provide strategies to help educators create more engaging, equitable, and interactive online experiences for students. Attendees will receive one Act 48 credit per session and three Act 48 credits for all three.

Part I: Strategies for Effective Intercultural Communication in Online Classrooms 

TBD- via Zoom ($25.00) 

Part II:  Designing Equitable and Engaging Online Assignments for Multilingual Students 

TBD-via Zoom ($25.00) 

Part III:  Level the Playing Field: Equitable Assessment in Multilingual Online Classes 

TBD-via Zoom ($25.00) 

Virtual 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 2021 Summer Workshops

Word Choice Matters (via Zoom Online) - (Facilitators: Teresa Cusumano & Antonio Ellison)

- June 3rd, 2021 8:00 am  (EST)

This workshop, the first in the ICAPE writing series, looks at the word choice. Join us for an interactive workshop where we will discuss strategies for recognizing common sources of word choice problems, such as using wrong word forms, style, idiomatic errors, and collocation errors. Word Choice Matters will focus on the importance of choosing the “right word” to use in academic writing and share some common search strategies and reference tools that you can use when choosing the “right word.”                                                                                    

Building Great Essays: One Sentence at a Time (via Zoom Online) - (Facilitators: Teresa Cusumano & Antonio Ellison)

- June 10th, 2021  8:00 am (EST)

*During this interactive workshop, the second in the ICAPE writing series, students will examine the often overwhelming task of drafting great paragraphs by breaking the writing process down into manageable steps -- one sentence at a time. Students will examine sample sentences, identify well-written sentences, and then practice ways to imitate various style choices in their own writing. This workshop will help establish a strong foundation as you build writing skills, improve sentence-level grammar, and prepare for larger writing tasks.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Presenting a Visual in the Classroom: Language Skills and Compensatory Strategies for ITAs (via Zoom Online) - (Facilitator: Kayla Landers)

- June 24th, 2021  8:00 am (EST)

*This workshop will help international teaching assistants utilize visuals in the classroom. Participants will learn useful language and expressions to present, describe, and explain visuals. Additionally, participants will review compensatory strategies they can use with visuals.  *This workshop is designed for current or prospective international teaching assistants who want to improve their classroom communication.                                                                             

Hitting a Homerun: The Language of Social Interactions  (via Zoom Online) - (Facilitators: Teresa Cusumano & Caroline Neal) 

- July 7th, 2021  7:30 pm (EST)

*Do you avoid small talk because you worry about making mistakes and broaching topics inappropriately? Are you nervous while discussing unfamiliar topics like American sports (football, baseball)? Do you wonder how long small talk should be or how to transition from small talk to academic or professional communication?  Do you want to create friendly relationships with peers and professors in both spoken and written English interactions? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. This interactive workshop will help you feel confident about getting involved on campus and expanding your Lehigh network.                                                                   

Unity & Coherence (via Zoom Online) - (Facilitators: Elena Reiss & Kayla Landers)   

- July 8th, 2021  7:00 am (EST)

*This workshop is the third in our summer writing series. Join us as we examine ways to make writing more unified, clear, and concise. This interactive workshop will be useful for learning strategies for revising your work to present your most powerful ideas in a highly effective manner. 

 Online Etiquette and Written Communication in a Multicultural Context  (via Zoom Online) - (Facilitators: Mary Newbegin, Elena Reiss, and Ali Erk &  Katharine Marianacci from CCPD)  

- July 14th, 2021   9:00 am (EST)

*First in our summer series, this interactive workshop will help you to navigate potential challenges in online communication in a multicultural environment such as a university of a large corporation. Specifically, this workshop will present strategies for small talk, self-advocacy., and clear communication..                                                                              

Gendered Language and How to Avoid it (via Zoom Online) - (Facilitators: Kayla Landers, Mary Newbegin, and Scott Burden)

- July 15th, 2021   8:00 am  (EST)

*This interactive workshop will raise awareness on the topic of bias-free language and its importance in your daily communication (oral or written, formal or informal). Specifically, participants will examine gender-inclusive language that does not discriminate against a particular individual or group.

Professional Speaking and Pronunciation (via Zoom Online) - (Facilitator: Ashley Murphy)

- July 16th, 2021   8:00 am (EST)

*Did you know that English only has 5 vowel letters, but up to 15 vowel sounds? Do you know how to make your intonation match your meaning? This workshop will provide practice materials  and tools to help you hear and pronounce English clearly. Pronunciation practice will help you communicate more effectively in class and improve your self-confidence.      

Self-Advocacy in Educational and Professional Settings (via Zoom Online) - (Facilitators:  Mary Newbegin, Elena Reiss Kayla Landers, and Ali Erk &  Katharine Marianacci from CCPD)

- July 21st 2021  9:00 am (EST)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

*Feeling overwhelmed by the intricacies of our increasingly complex ways of communicating? This workshop, second in our series with The Center for Career and Professional Development, will help you to successfully navigate the challenges of “speaking up” for yourself while maintaining a professional image. This interactive workshop will provide participants to explore opportunities and to refine their communication style. 

Present Your Best Self: Strategies for Success in Interviews and Meetings (via Zoom Online) - (Facilitators:  Mary Newbegin, Elena Reiss Kayla Landers, and Ali Erk &  Katharine Marianacci from CCPD)

- July 28th 2021  9:00 am (EST) - (via Zoom Online)                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

*Join us for our final workshop as we discuss strategies for success in Interviews and meetings, both online and in-person. Specifically, this online workshop will target strategies for combating stress associated with high-stakes interactions and provide tools for preparing to be your professional best!


Other Workshops

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Earn a Global Badge this SPRING!

Attend at least 7 ICAPE Academic Literacies workshops over the Spring semester and earn a Global Learner Badge/ electronic signature!

Register in advance to receive Zoom links

  • Participate at least 3 times during each workshop (chat, polls, discussion, etc.)

  • Complete each post-assessment survey

  • Add the badge to your email signature!