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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.

Fall 2018 Academic Literacies Workshops

These workshops are free to attend, but space is limited. Please register in advance here.

Joining the Conversation: Academic Expectations and Class Participation (Part 1 of 2) 
Friday, September 21 
Session 1: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Mary Newbegin and Kayla Landers
Session 2: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Elena Reiss and Teresa Cusumano
Maginnes 101

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. 

Advancing the Conversation: Networking and Communicating on Campus (Part 2 of 2) 
Friday, October 5
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Maginnes 101
Elena Reiss and Teresa Cusumano

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

Demystifying the American Holiday Season
Friday, October 19
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Maginnes 101
Teresa Cusumano and Mary Newbegin

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

Gain a better understanding of the American holiday season and possibly gather some ideas about how to start your own holiday traditions while here in the United States.

Fall 2018 Graduate Academic Literacies Workshops

These workshops are free to attend, but space is limited. Please register in advance here.

Reading Survival Skills: Time-saving Strategies for Graduate Students
Friday, November 2
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Maginnes 260
Elena Reiss 

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!

Negotiating on Campus with Confidence and Consideration
Friday, November 16
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Maginnes 113
Elena Reiss and Dan Haney

This interactive workshop addresses strategies for tactful negotiation, including self-advocacy. We will discuss appropriate vocabulary choices and hedging strategies as well as engage discussion about why is this skill is so challenging!

Academic Writing Skills
Friday, November 30
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Maginnes 260
Mary Newbegin and Teresa Cusumano

Learn the 20 most common grammatical errors in English and how to avoid them. Apply these rules to your own writing, then learn about how to find your own personal writing style.

  • Part 1: The 20 Most Common Grammatical Errors in English (10:00 am - 11:00 am)
  • Part 2: Editing and Proofreading (11:00 am - 11:30 am)
  • Part 3: Writing with Style (11:30 am - 12:00 pm) 

Articulately Making an Announcement
Friday, November 30
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Maginnes 101
Elena Reiss and Kayla Landers

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.