NOTE: All Winter 2021 ELI workshops will take place remotely.
In the fall and winter terms, ELI presents free, interactive workshops focusing on specific English writing and speaking skills undergraduate students need to succeed in their courses and prepare for their professional careers.
Undergraduate workshops are open to all undergraduate students in all U-M schools and colleges.
WINTER 2021 WORKSHOP SERIES: English for Academic Purposes
Communicating Effectively in Zoom Rooms - Tuesday, January 26, 8:30-10:00 am Eastern Time (ET)
Back by popular demand! Whether learning on campus or from a distance, most of us are spending a lot of time on Zoom and other video conferencing platforms. Being able to participate effectively in online discussions will likely be essential for a long time to come. In this fun, interactive workshop, we will practice a range of features of effective video communication: ways to get a turn to speak, to communicate clearly, and to respond effectively to others. Come ready to practice with one another and to identify strategies for practicing on your own. Please come prepared to participate actively in small group discussions.
Writing Effective Cover Letters - Tuesday, February 2, 8:30-10:00 am Eastern Time (ET)
Have you been trying to craft the perfect cover letter for a job or internship application? How can you be clear, showcase your strengths, and stand out from the crowd? Does your letter reflect the professional persona you wish to project? In this workshop we will focus on strategies for writing effective cover letters, tailored to your goals and anticipated readers. Bring a draft cover letter if you have one. Please come prepared to participate actively in small group discussions.
Using Ted Talks to Enhance Speaking, Listening, and Pronunciation - Tuesday, February 9, 8:30-10:00 am Eastern Time (ET)
TED Talks are everywhere. The most popular ones attract millions of viewers, and they are impacting the way public speakers present their ideas and themselves in and outside academia. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore a range of strategies for exploiting the rich array of ways you can use TED Talks to take your advanced English to the next level. We will look at resources for improving speaking, listening, and pronunciation. Please come prepared to participate actively in small group discussions.
Writing in "Academic Style" - Tuesday, February 16, 8:30-10:00 am Eastern Time (ET)
Whether you are writing a research article, class assignment, conference abstract or dissertation, the words, grammatical structures, and organizational patterns you use all signal whether your text sounds “academic.” We will look at features of academic style, and how these differ across a range of writing that undergraduate and graduate students do. In this workshop we will work on how to make effective stylistic choices for the types of writing you are doing and the academic identity you wish to convey to your readers in various writing contexts. Bring a text you are currently working on for analysis. Please come prepared to participate actively in small group discussions.
Poster Presentations: Interacting Fluently With Your Audience - Tuesday, February 23, 8:30-10:00 am Eastern Time (ET)
We often frame poster presentations at academic conferences and symposia as “easier” and less high-stakes than presenting a paper or participating in a panel, but poster presentations are about 10% presenting and 90% interacting with one’s “audience” of a few people crowded around the poster in a busy, noisy conference space. With more virtual conferences, we also need to be ready for videoconference visitors. Finally, over the past year, poster presenters have also been asked to record brief video presentations open to conference attendees over several days or weeks. Each of these modes of communication presents unique challenges and opportunities. In this workshop, we will not be working on poster design. Instead, we’ll work on strategies for fluent communication with visitors to your poster, whether in-person or virtual. If you have a poster presentation coming up, be ready to share a draft image of your poster so that you can practice taking questions from others at the workshop. Otherwise, come ready to practice formulating and responding to typical question types in poster presentations.
Plan Your English Self-Study Program For Spring and Summer - Tuesday, March 2, 8:30-10:00 am Eastern Time (ET)
The “Winter” term ends in April. What will you be doing to continue communicating in English over the spring and summer? Come to this workshop to gather new ideas and to share your own about ways to continue practicing and improving your English independently. Please come prepared to participate actively in small group discussions.