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English Ready workshops

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

Please note: English Ready workshops for semester 2 start on the 24 July 2017.

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.

Location: Building 80.03.17

New workshops for semester 2.

Time Monday Wednesday Friday
9:30 am - 10:30 am - - Careers
10:30 am - 11:30 am Writing reports in English Grammar studio Referencing
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Grammar studio Strengthening sentences (repeat) Speak Out!
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Strengthening sentences - Melbourne conversations

Melbourne conversations

Using examples from online media, film and television, these sessions will cover the way language is used in everyday context. You will get the opportunity to practice conversational skills that will help you engage with Melbourne culture.

Date Time Location

Fridays, 28 July to 18 August

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 80.03.17

Speak out!

Gain confidence in speaking out and have fun speaking English and meeting people. The sessions aim to help you develop confidence in initiating and maintaining conversations.

Date Time Location

Fridays, 28 July to 18 August

11:30 pm - 12:30 pm 80.03.17

Speaking clearly
These sessions will build your confidence in communicating with others through practice and constructive feedback. You will learn about voice projection, articulation, rhythm, intonation, as well as how to speak clearly without mumbling.

Date Time Location
New workshops coming soon.    

Oral presentation practice

Boost your confidence in delivering an oral presentation. Pick up tips and receive constructive feedback from the learning advisor and other students on what worked and areas that could be improved. Topics include structuring content, PowerPoint presentation, body language and speech delivery.

Date Time Location

New workshops coming soon.

   

Strengthening sentences and writing good English

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 the first four sessions. The focus is on how sentence combinations can be used to achieve greater grammatical accuracy and flexibility in writing.

Session 1 24 and 26 July Writing clear sentences
Session 2 31 July and 2 August Compound sentences (coordination)
Session 3 7 and 9 August Complex sentences (subordination)
Session 4 14 and 16 August Sentence variety
Session 5 21 and 23 August Strengthening sentences
28 August to 3 September - mid semester break - no classes
Session 6 4 and 6 September Punctuation: a brief guide
Session 7 11 and 13 September Grammatical sentences
Session 8 18 and 20 September Writing good English
Date Time Location

Mondays, 24 July to 18 September

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 80.03.17
Wednesdays, 26 July to 20 September  11:30 am - 12:30 pm 80.03.17

Grammar studio

Work together on current writing to improve fluency and grammatical accuracy. Grammar studio provides an opportunity for you to improve your understanding of English grammar and sentence structure. Each week you will work with other students and a learning advisor in both giving and receiving feedback on a paragraph of your current writing which will be used for language discussion.

28 August to 3 September - mid semester break - no classes.
Date Time Location

Mondays, 24 July to 18 September

11:30 pm - 12:30 pm 80.03.17
Wednesdays, 26 July to 20 September  10:30 am - 11:30 am 80.03.17

Writing reports in English

The workshops focus on the language relevant to various sections of a report with a strong focus on writing about data.

Session 1 24 July Report structure and the introductory sections
Session 2 31 July Describing methodology and presenting
findings and results
Session 3 2 August Discussion section: describing graphs and data
Session 4 14 August Discussion section: data commentary
Session 5 21 August Concluding and recommending
Date Time Location

Mondays, 24 July to 21 August

10:30 am - 11:30 am 80.03.17

Referencing

This workshop series begins with how to reference and paraphrase and moves on to how language can be used to make your references more effective. The focus in on using referencing in assignments to show your understanding and critical evaluation of books and articles you have read. It would be useful to attend all four sessions.

Session 1 28 July The basics of referencing
Session 2 4 August How to paraphrase
Session 3 11 August Language for critiquing sources
Session 4 18 August Grammatical patterns in referencing
Date Time Location

Fridays, 28 July to 18 August

10:30 am - 11:30 am 80.03.17

Career workshops: interview preparation skills and resume writing

Prepare effectively for interviews by building confidence in speaking and responding well to questions. Get advice on job search resources, writing resumes and cover letters.

Session 1 28 July Advice on job search resources, writing resumes and cover letters
Session 2 4 August Interview practice: build confidence in speaking and answering questions
Session 3 11 August Advice on job search resources, writing resumes and cover letters (repeat)
Session 4 18 August Interview practice: build confidence in speaking and answering questions (repeat)
Date Time Location

Fridays, 28 July to 18 August

9:30 am - 10:30 am 80.03.17