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ICAPE offers workshops each semester and during the summer to help students improve their English language skills and achieve their academic goals. These workshops address the specific academic and social challenges of multilingual speakers and writers.

ACT 48 Continuing Professional Education Workshop

Multicultural education is not a task to be completed or even an end goal to be accomplished. Instead, it is an approach to education that aims to include all students, promote learning of other cultures, enhance fluency, and teach healthy social skills in a multicultural setting that is inclusive of all students.  Equity and accountability in multicultural classrooms can be promoted through multiple means of assessment and curriculum development.  
Next ACT 48 Workshop: Spring 2020 date TBD

Fall 2019 Academic Literacies Workshops

* All participants must register in advance.

* Workshops are free to attend for Lehigh students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars; therefore, it is important to register using Lehigh email address.

* Non-Lehigh members of the local community must pay in advance here: The cost is $25 per each workshop.  Those who enroll in and pay for three workshops in one payment can take a fourth at no charge.

* For a special group of 8 or more from a local company or organization: If your group would like to arrange one or more specially tailored workshops off campus, please email to discuss special arrangements and cost.

REFUNDS: Please be aware that 72-hour cancellation notice is required for refunds. Full refunds will be sent via postal mail or available for pick up upon written request (email is acceptable) within three business days of a given workshop date.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: In accordance with Lehigh University policies and event scheduling, workshops are subject to cancellation or rescheduling due to inclement or other unforeseen circumstances. Please check your email for any updates.


Joining the Conversation: Academic Expectations and Class Participation 

Friday, September 6th, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm (Location: Steps-ST 102)

During this first part of the Campus Communication series, students will learn how to become active participants in classroom discussions and will gain a better understanding of expectations for the American University classroom.    

Reading Survival Skills: Time-saving Strategies for Multilingual Students 

Friday, September 13th, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (Location: Maginnes Hall-MG 101)

Develop a systematic approach to reading assignments and learn to read more efficiently. This workshop will provide reading strategies that can be adapted to students’ unique learning styles and needs. Discover how to improve comprehension and save time. Plan to be a successful reader—equipped with reading survival skills!  

Advancing the Conversation: Networking and Communicating on Campus 

Saturday, September 28th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm (Location: Maginnes Hall-MG 101)

This second interactive workshop in the Campus Communication series will build on our first workshop and provide students with valuable tools for networking on campus, building communicative competence as well as confidence in speaking to peers and to academic advisors. 

Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Citing Other People’s Words in Your Writing  (for graduate and undergraduate students) 

Saturday, October 5th, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm (Location: Rauch Business Center-RB 050)

This workshop introduces strategies for using the words and ideas in scholarly sources in order to avoid plagiarism and effectively support your main points in writing. Workshop participants will analyze example student paragraphs and will then write their own short paragraphs in order to practice the skills that they learn. There will also be feedback and correction from the workshop leader as well as from other students.

American Holidays

Friday, October 18th, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm (Location: Maginnes Hall-MG 101)

The holiday season can be overwhelming! This workshop provides an overview of the American holiday season. Learn backgrounds, traditions, and even key language associated with popular holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc., and some “unofficial” holidays such as Black Friday.   

Developing the Dissertation for Multilingual Speakers (graduate students only)  

Saturday, November 2nd, 10:00 am-11:30 pm (Location: Rauch Business Center-RB 050)

This workshop is intended for multilingual writers in any stage of the writing process of their doctoral dissertation. This workshop will provide an overview of the key grammar, vocabulary, and tenses used in the various parts of a dissertation. We will also address strategies for self-editing. Please bring your laptop and writing. In this workshop, ICAPE language specialists will collaborate with current doctoral candidates from various disciplines working on their dissertations. 

The 20 Most Common Grammatical Errors in English 

Friday, November 15th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm (Location: Maginnes Hall-MG 270)

Back by popular demand! This workshop offers a comprehensive overview of the 20 most common errors made in English. Strategies for noticing and self-editing of errors will be addressed. 

The Structure of English: Clauses, and Phrases, and Modifiers, Oh My!   

Friday, November 15th, 12:30 pm-2:00 pm (Location: Maginnes Hall-MG 101)

This workshop builds on the 20 Most Common Errors, helping participants master more complex sentence structures. Please bring a brown-bag lunch; feel free to bring a draft you are working on.   

TOPSS Overview  

Friday, November 22nd, 8:30 am-9:30 pm (Location: Maginnes Hall-MG 111)

Recommended for students who have not taken the TOPSS exam before. Learn about the background of the TOPSS exam and resources available to help you do as well as possible.

TOPSS Presentation Skills Workshop   

Friday, November 22nd, 9:45 am-11:15 am (Location: Maginnes Hall-MG 111)

Learn how to make a successful presentation in an academic setting, including preparation, organization, audience interaction, non-verbal communication, visuals and clear speech.

TOPSS Articulately Making an Announcement   

Friday, November 22nd, 11:30 am-12:30 pm (Location: Maginnes Hall-MG 111)

This workshop will prepare graduate students who are ITA candidates for Part I of the TOPSS: Make an Announcement. Students will learn how to make a clear announcement and how to transition smoothly to Part II of the TOPSS. Guided practice with feedback will be offered.