English Development Workshop Series

English Development Workshop Series

The English Development Workshops assist international students with strengthing their skills in academic writing, reading and vocabulary development, pronunciation, conversation, and grammar in the English language. Representatives from the Program in Academic English/ESL facilitate these workshops. 

English Development Workshop Series

Past Topics

Week 2

Tuesday, January 17th
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Humanities Hall 303

“Yelp!”: Use English to Write Fun Food Reviews
Presenter: Kerri McCanna

How to Yelp like a Boss: Practice English, and become a popular reviewer to get invited to fun social events all year-round! First, we’ll give a quick start user’s guide to Yelp. Next, we will give you tips and tricks on personalizing your account and creating your own reviews. We will end our workshop with treats from a local venue, and you’ll have the chance to take a photo of your favorite and post it with a caption on Yelp!

Week 3

Tuesday, January 24th
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ring Room, Cross-Cultural Center

DON'T DO IT!: Academic Dishonesty & Your Student Visa
Presenter: Kenny Oden

Actions and consequences are a packaged deal. Student’s academic actions have a direct will affect their educational experience. In this workshop, students will become familiar with Academic integrity (AI) policy, learn about the types of academic misconduct, and the resources the Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct (OAISC) offers to students. When students leave this workshop they will have a better understanding of the AI policy, know the three types of academic misconduct, the impacts may affect their student visa status and the resources the OAISC offers to students.

Week 4

Thursday, February 2nd
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Humanities Hall 303

Describing Graphs and Images in Presentations
Presenter: Megan McCarthy

The visual parts of our presentations are meant to help simplify large amounts of information, or to make a presentation more fun. But as non-native speakers, describing images can be surprisingly tricky!  Which to use - above, top, or over? Bottom, underneath, or below? What about using smooth transitions, such as "here, we can see..."? Join us for a review of how to describe images well, both to boost confidence and make presentations flow more smoothly!

Week 7

Wednesday, February 22nd
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Humanities Hall 312D

Using Movies to Become a Better Speaker
Presenter: Jessica Inthavong

Film is a wonderful form of entertainment, but it can be used for more than just pure enjoyment. A person can learn about culture and improve various skills including speaking. This workshop will focus on the ways that you can improve your speaking skills by using movies.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact programs@ic.uci.edu

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