ITA Workshops

Workshops for International Graduate Students

(Offered in Fall and Spring)


Insider English: Reduced Speech
Monday, January 23, 2017 – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
311 Hecht House

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Grill, International TA Program

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.

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Improving E-mail Communication
Monday, February 6, 2017 – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
311 Hecht House

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, February 8, 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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SPEAK Test Information Session

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
310 Hecht House

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

This session will include a discussion of the SPEAK test format and scoring procedures, focusing on language competencies. The presenter will go over practice test questions. The standards for teaching assistants will also be discussed. This session is open to faculty and staff members who work with international students and wish to have a better understanding of the test.

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

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