English for uni workshops
There are so many ways to build your language and communications skills while you study. Join our learning community by attending workshops throughout the year.
Topics are divided into three main areas:
- Grammar and sentence structure
- Speaking and presenting
- Writing and ideas
No need to book; just arrive 5 minutes before sessions start.
New four-week workshop series begins Monday 20 May.
|Strengthening sentences||Mondays||12.30 pm - 1.30pm||80.3.17|
|Grammar studio||Wednesdays||12.30 am - 1.30 pm||80.3.17|
|Writing for uni||Fridays||12.30 - 1.30 am||80.3.17|
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.
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.
Rhythms of English
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 sessions will give you areas of pronunciation to work on.
Starting a conversation in a busy room, at a social event or in class can be confronting. If you would like to develop your skills to speak out in a range of situations, come to the conversation group on Fridays. This is a chance to explore the many challenges of conversing with others. Topics range from the taboo to the comic, from asking questions to giving advice.
Writing for uni
This workshop series begins with an overview of the purpose and style of academic writing. It provides opportunities for students to look at their assessment tasks and identify features of assignments, and some strategies to achieve success in writing for academic audiences and purposes. The workshops focus on:
|Session 1||18 March||Types and structure of written assignments|
|Session 2||25 March||Paragraph structure: unity, cohesion and adequate development|
|Session 3||1 April||Language of academic writing: vocabulary and objectivity|
|Session 4||8 April||Integrating research and correct referencing (paraphrasing, reference styles, etc.)|
English for writing business reports
|Session 1||18 March||How to write the Executive summary/Abstract and the Introduction. Focuses on language for cause and effect and writing terms of reference.|
|Session 2||25 March||How to write the Methodology and Results sections. Focuses on language for comparing and prepositions for describing information on graphs.|
|Session 3||1 April||Discussion section. How to organise information in the discussion. Focuses on language for describing trends and more language of cause and effect.|
|Session 4||8 April||Conclusions and Recommendations sections. Focuses on language for making recommendations and expressing probability.|