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Academic Workshops

The English Language Center (ELC) offers a series of academic workshops with a particular language theme and focus.

Academic Writing Workshop Series

  • The Academic Writing Workshop series consists of seven sessions and covers topics that are especially relevant to students and scholars who have a first language other than English.
  • Each session has a particular theme and includes activities, exercises, discussion, and feedback.
  • Workshops are free but limited to 12 individuals, so signing up is important to reserve your place. Details and signup information will be sent prior to each workshop.
  • Priority enrollment is given to matriculated, full-time students.

Spring 2018 Series Schedule:

  • 2 February 2018: Avoiding the Pitfalls of E-mail Communication
    Demystifying email etiquette and practices in U.S. academic settings for more effective communication.
  • 9 February 2018: Enhancing Your Academic Vocabulary
    Using a targeted corpus (language database) as a tool to build academic vocabulary appropriate to your field.
  • 16 February 2018: Improving Writing Clarity and Flow
    Employing a range of strategies to enhance connectedness in your writing.
  • 23 February 2018: Strengthening Paraphrasing/Quoting/Summarizing Skills
    Delving deeper into Paraphrasing/Quoting/Summarizing techniques, with an emphasis on scholarly tone and author positioning.
  • 16 March 2018: Writing a Literature Review
    Examining literature review organization, effective literature synthesis styles, and correct verb tenses/reporting verbs in discipline-specific fields.
  • 23 March 2018: The Language of Effective Data Commentaries Exploring effective ways to present data through highlighting statements, qualifying claims, and organizational patterns.
  • 30 March 2018: Editing and Responding to Feedback on Your Writing Enhancing revision strategies by better understanding feedback and crafting effective responses, including addressing comments in revisions.

Questions?

For more information about Academic Workshops, please contact:

Adam Steffanick, Assistant Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277
Email: adam.steffanick@vanderbilt.edu