ITA Workshops

Workshops for International Graduate Students

(Offered in Fall and Spring)

FALL 2017

Improving E-mail Communication
Monday, September 18, 2017 – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Hecht House Conference Room

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Grill, International TA Program

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.

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Avoiding Plagiarism 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
311 Hecht House

Presenter:  Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, International TA Program

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.

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Insider English: Reduced Speech 
Monday, October 9, 2017 – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
311 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Grill, International TA Program

If English is your second language, you might notice that the written language is very different from the spoken. A simple question like "Would you like cream and sugar in your coffee?" might sound like "Wouldja like creamen sugar inyer coffee?" This is an example of reduced speech and linking, two very common features of spoken English. In this presentation, we'll learn how these features function, how to understand them in everyday speech, and we'll practice using them through several short listening and speaking activities.

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SPEAK Test Information Session 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
310 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, International TA Program

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 who want to learn about the test.

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

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