Exam preparation workshops

The Study and Learning Centre are running a special workshop program to prepare you for your exams.

For more information go to the Academic writing and study skills workshops page.

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.

Semester 2 workshops

Location: Building 80.03.17

Time Monday Wednesday Friday
9:30 – 10:30 am - -  
10:30 – 11:30 am   Grammar studio  
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Grammar studio Strengthening sentences (repeat) Rhythms of English
12:30 – 1:30 pm Strengthening sentences - Speak out!

Rhythms of English

If you pronounce individual English words very 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 stress the key words in the sentence and ‘mispronounce’ the rest. These three sessions will give you areas of pronunciation to work on.

  • Date: Fridays, 8 – 22 September
  • Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: 80.03.17
Session Date Description
Session 1 8 September English as a stress-timed language
Session 2 15 September Using stress and intonation to determine interpretation
Session 3 22 September Stress for meaning: clarification and dealing with sarcasm

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: Fridays, 8 – 22 September
  • Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
  • Location: 80.03.17
Session Date Description
Session 1 8 September Conversation: asking and responding to questions
Session 2 15 September Taboo topics: talking about sensitive issues
Session 3 22 September Speaking assertively when participating in discussions and group work

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 presentations, body language and speech delivery.

Date Time Location

Check this page for upcoming workshops.

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.

  • Mondays
    • Date: 24 July – 18 September
    • Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
    • Location: 80.03.17
  • Wednesdays
    • Date: 26 July – 20 September
    • Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Location: 80.03.17
Session Date Description
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

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.

Please note: 28 August to 3 September - mid semester break - no classes.

Date Time Location

Mondays, 24 July to 18 September

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

Date Time Location
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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.

Date Time Location
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Career workshops: interview preparation skills and resumé writing

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

Date Time Location

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