EAP Workshops

FALL 2020 workshops

All workshops will be conducted via Zoom. 

Writing Emails in English

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

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.

Register:  https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Ui8Ag8HmVq1rp3 


Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism (Offered once every Fall and Spring)
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
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, paraphrasing 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_6Kku31tQgKVsqQ5  

Personal Statement Lab for Non-Native Speakers of English 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

Presenter:  Dr. Jennifer Grill, EAP Program
Description:  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. Attendees will have an opportunity to schedule a consultation with EAP and OGFA staff. Space is limited. This session is offered in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards (OGFA).

Register: https://ogfa.fsu.edu/


English Pronunciation Tips: Reduced Speech

Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Presenter:  Dr. Jennifer Grill, 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.

Register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Hblcz7g66chLpP

Using Online Pronunciation Resources
Friday, October 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
Presenter:  Dr. Maria B. Mendoza, EAP Program
Description:  Improving pronunciation requires practice and repetition. If you want to work on your pronunciation by yourself, this workshop is for you.  You will learn about online resources that are helpful for independent pronunciation practice. The workshop will be held in a computer lab to give you the opportunity become familiar with the resources and practice.

Register:  https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6VZomLnWXkg3Vc1 

Other Workshops (not being offered during current semester)

Insider English: Stress Patterns and How to Use Them
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.

Using Online Writing Resources
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Grill, EAP Program
Description: There are numerous online resources that you can use to support your writing.  The presenter will introduce resources that are useful for international and multilingual writers.  The workshop will be held in a computer lab to give you the opportunity to browse and become familiar with the resources.


SPEAK Test Information Session 
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.

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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Esra, Turkey

PhD student in Foreign & Second Language Ed.

"I highly recommend the EAP workshops. The “Avoiding Plagiarism” workshop gave me a chance to brush up my writing skills and practice through exercises. The SPEAK Test information session helped me to understand what the test looked like and the scoring procedures. It was very beneficial to go over the practice test questions and focus on what to do and what to avoid during the actual test."

Huaqing, China

PhD student in History

“Speaking English is one thing, teaching in English is another. Based on individual guidance and practices, the ITA class of CIES not only prepared me to be a skillful speaker, but also inspired me to be a better teacher. Learning a language is a life-long experiment, and CIES would be one of your best partners in your ‘lonely’ journey.”