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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 individual sessions that cover topics especially relevant to students and scholars who use English as an additional language.
  • Each session has a particular theme and includes activities, exercises, discussion, and feedback.
  • Workshops are free and 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.

Fall 2020 Series Schedule:

All workshops are held from 10:00–11:00 a.m. Central Time (https://time.gov) remotely via Zoom.

  • Reading Academic Texts in the U.S. Register for Workshop 1
    25 September 2020: remote via Zoom
    Exploring effective ways of reading complex U.S. academic texts. Learning and practicing various strategies, such as language journals and key word tracking, for retaining academic vocabulary.
  • Writing about Sources in Academic English Register for Workshop 2
    16 October 2020: remote via Zoom
    Delving deeper into Paraphrasing/Quoting/Summarizing techniques, with an emphasis on scholarly tone and author positioning. Examining effective literature synthesis styles and correct verb tenses/reporting verbs in discipline-specific fields.
  • The Language of Data Commentaries Register for Workshop 3
    6 November 2020: remote via Zoom
    Exploring effective ways to read and write data commentaries. Understanding the role of highlighting statements, qualifying claims, and organizational patterns when writing about data.

Prior Schedules

Spring 2020 Series Schedule:

All workshops are from 12:00–2:00 p.m.

  • Improving Writing Clarity and Flow
    24 January 2020: Alumni Hall 010
    Employing a range of strategies to enhance connectedness in your writing.
  • Strengthening Paraphrasing/Quoting/Summarizing Skills
    31 January 2020: Alumni Hall 010
    Delving deeper into Paraphrasing/Quoting/Summarizing techniques, with an emphasis on scholarly tone and author positioning.
  • Enhancing your Academic Vocabulary
    7 February 2020: Alumni Hall 010
    Learning and practicing various strategies for improving academic vocabulary appropriate to your field.
  • Writing a Literature Review
    14 February 2020: Alumni Hall 010
    Examining literature review organization, effective literature synthesis styles, and correct verb tenses/reporting verbs in discipline-specific fields.
  • The Language of Effective Data Commentaries
    21 February 2020: Alumni Hall 010
    Exploring effective ways to present data through highlighting statements, qualifying claims, and organizational patterns.
  • Editing and Responding to Feedback on your Writing
    28 February 2020: Alumni Hall 010
    Enhancing revision strategies by better understanding feedback and crafting effective responses, including addressing comments in revisions.

Fall 2019 Series Schedule:

No workshops were scheduled.

Spring 2019 Series Schedule:

All workshops are from 12:00–2:00 p.m.

  • Enhancing your Academic Vocabulary
    25 January 2019: Alumni Hall 010
    1 February 2019: English Language Center (ELC) Annex 1
    Using a targeted corpus (language database) as a tool to build academic vocabulary appropriate to your field.
  • Improving Writing Clarity and Flow
    8 February 2019: Alumni Hall 010
    15 February 2019: English Language Center (ELC) Annex 1
    Employing a range of strategies to enhance connectedness in your writing.
  • Strengthening Paraphrasing/Quoting/Summarizing Skills .
    22 February 2019: Alumni Hall 010
    1 March 2019: English Language Center (ELC) Annex 1
    Delving deeper into Paraphrasing/Quoting/Summarizing techniques, with an emphasis on scholarly tone and author positioning.
  • Writing a Literature Review
    15 March 2019: Alumni Hall 010
    22 March 2019: English Language Center (ELC) Annex 1
    Examining literature review organization, effective literature synthesis styles, and correct verb tenses/reporting verbs in discipline-specific fields.
  • The Language of Effective Data Commentaries
    29 March 2019: Alumni Hall 010
    5 April 2019: English Language Center (ELC) Annex 1
    Exploring effective ways to present data through highlighting statements, qualifying claims, and organizational patterns.
  • Editing and Responding to Feedback on your Writing
    12 April 2019: Alumni Hall 010 and English Language Center (ELC) Annex 1
    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