English Ready Program 2018

English Ready workshops

There are so many ways to build your language and communications skills while you study. Great skills will help you get the grades and the job you want. Build your confidence in writing, grammar or speaking and presenting. Work online, join a group, ask a teacher, practise, have fun!

Join our English Ready learning community by attending workshops throughout the year.

Topics are divided into four main areas:

  • Speaking and presenting
  • Grammar and sentence structure
  • Writing and ideas
  • Study skills and work readiness

No need to book; just arrive 5 minutes before sessions start.

English Ready workshop weekly timetable (Semester 2)

Location: Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

New workshop series starting Monday September 3

Time Monday Wednesday Friday
10.30 am   Sentence work Referencing
11.30 am Strengthening sentences Grammar studio Paraphrasing
12.30 pm Grammar studio   Rhythms of English
1.30 pm      

Workshop descriptions

Strengthening sentences (repeat series)

When
Mondays, 3 September  - 24 September, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description
Learn about sentence types and how to clarify meaning at the sentence level. The workshops provide a general introduction to basic sentence structure. Each workshop builds on the previous one, so it is important to attend all four sessions. The focus is on how sentence combinations can be used to achieve greater grammatical accuracy and flexibility in writing.

Session Dates Topics
1 3 Sept Writing clear sentences
2 10 Sept Compound sentences (coordination)
3 17 Sept Complex sentences (subordination)
24 Sept Sentence variety

Grammar studio

When
Mondays, 3 September - 17 September, 12.30 - 1.30 pm or
Wednesdays, 5 September - 19 September, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm

Where
Building 80. Level 3, Room 17

Description
Grammar studio provides an opportunity for you to improve your understanding of English grammar and sentence structure so that you can proof read your own work.  Each week you participate with other students and a learning advisor in both giving and receiving feedback on a paragraph of your current writing. The sessions run twice weekly and you are welcome to choose which class you attend.

Sentence work

When
Wednesdays, 5 September - 19 September, 10.30 - 11.30 am

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description
Learn how to proof read and correct your writing at the sentence level.

Session Date Topics
1 5 Sept Punctuation: a brief guide to the use of the comma, semicolon, colon and apostrophe
2 12 Sept Strengthening sentences: proof reading your writing at the sentence level
3 19 Sept Grammatical sentences: correcting sentence fragments, comma splices and run-on sentences

Rhythms of English

When
Fridays, 7 September - 21 September, 12.30 - 1.30 pm

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description
If you pronounce individual English words well but still find that native speakers have trouble understanding you, or if you have trouble understanding native speakers, you might need to work on sentence stress. English is a stress-timed language, which means native speakers only pronounce clearly the most important words in the sentence and ‘mispronounce’ the rest. These three sessions will give you areas of pronunciation to work on.

Session Date Topics
1 7 Sept English as a stress-timed language
2 14 Sept Stress and intonation determine interpretation 
3 21 Sept  Stress for meaning: clarification and dealing with sarcasm

 

Referencing

When
Fridays, 7 September - 21 September, 10.30 - 11.30 am

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description
This workshop series begins with an overview of how to reference and moves on to selecting appropriate language to make your references more effective. The focus is on referencing in assignments to show your understanding and critical evaluation of the books and articles you have read. It would be useful to attend all three sessions.

Session Date Topics
1 7 Sept The basics of referencing
2 14 Sept Grammar for referencing
3 21 Sept Language for critiquing souces

Paraphrasing: writing ideas in your own words

When
Fridays, 7 September - 21 September, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description
Paraphrasing shows a higher level of understanding of your reading and research and also helps to develop critical writing skills, leading to better marks. Practise writing strategies to improve your ability to express ideas in your own words.

Session Date Topics
1 7 September How to paraphrase well
2 14 September Writing in your own words
3 21 September Adding your 'voice' to your assignments (feedback on your own examples)