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EAP Workshops

Workshops for International Graduate Students


Insider English: Stress Patterns and How to Use Them
Monday, January 22, 2018 – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
310 Hecht House
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Grill, EAP Program
Description: What's the difference between the stress pattern in photograph and photographer? How can you clear up the difference between numbers like thirteen and thirty? In this presentation, we will learn about some common stress pattern rules that will help you with your spoken English.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dd0Lc5zX4NSoBJH


Insider English: Focus Words and How to Use Them 
Monday, February 5, 2017 – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
310 Hecht House
Presenter:  Dr. Jennifer Grill, EAP Program
Description:  English speakers create their particular "sound" by highlighting certain words and phrases. These words are called focus words and in this presentation we will learn how to recognize focus words and how to use them in various ways.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_82gk0tXpcLse9eJ


Avoiding Plagiarism (*Offered once every Fall and Spring)
Thursday, February 15, 2018 – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
310 Hecht House
Presenter:  Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, EAP Program
Description: International students often struggle when including information from various sources in an essay or research paper.  In this workshop, participants learn the difference between quoting, phrasing and summarizing information for a paper. Practical suggestions for helping international students understand and avoid plagiarism will be offered.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7ZKZ7r9fLLWUSTX


SPEAK Test Information Session (*Offered once every Fall and Spring)
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
308 Hecht House
Presenter:  Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, EAP Program
Description:  This session will include a discussion of the test format and scoring procedures.   The presenter will go over the practice test questions and discuss the different competencies taken into account when grading. The standards for teaching assistants will also be discussed. This session is open to faculty and staff.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4SBeCjEDtq5XD0h


Other Workshops (not being offered during current semester)

Improving E-mail Communication 
Presenter:  Dr. Jennifer Grill, EAP Program
Description:  Does writing emails in English cause you anxiety? Do you feel unsure of how to communicate politely and professionally? If so, this workshop will benefit you! We will cover language aspects of emailing such as how to open and close an email, phrases used for making requests, and language needed for discussing difficult situations. We'll also cover cultural aspects of email writing such as levels of formality and politeness.

Personal Statement Lab for Non-Native Speakers of English

This session is offered in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards (OGFA).

In this session for non-native speakers of English, we will cover the vocabulary, phrases, and organizational patterns needed to draft a strong personal statement suited for various kinds of fellowship/award applications. EAP and OGFA staff will be on hand to provide individual consultations. Bring a draft of your personal statement. Space will be limited.

Pronunciation Tips and Tricks: Reduced Speech
Presenter:  Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, EAP Program
Description: As a non-native speaker of English, you may notice that your English sounds different from native speakers, but you’re not sure why. In this workshop, we’ll explore two aspects of pronunciation: reduced speech and linking. We’ll learn what these are and how they function, and we’ll practice these aspects through several short listening and speaking activities.


All workshops are held in the Hecht House, located at 634 West Call Street.

Customized workshops for FSU departments are available upon request. Please contact Dr. Maria Beatriz Mendoza at mmendoza@admin.fsu.edu if you are interested in scheduling a customized workshop.

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Dhevathi, India

"CIES is a wonderful place. I was assigned a mentor to improve my English communication skills. He was friendly and he also told me many important points about communication. CIES played a major role in performing better on the FSU Speak Test which got me a Teaching Assistant position at the College of Engineering."

I-An, Taiwan

"While starting FSU, being a teaching assistant was quite strange for me. However, after attending ITA courses, lots of speaking skills I learned really help my presentations and let me become more comfortable when teaching."