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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 Register for Workshop 5
    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 Register for Workshop 6
    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 Register for Workshop 7
    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:

Carrie Cargile, Language Teaching Specialist
Tel: +1 615-322-2277
Email: carrie.n.cargile@vanderbilt.edu

Stephanie Ventura, Language Teaching Specialist
Tel: +1 615-322-2277
Email: stephanie.ventura@vanderbilt.edu

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