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Academic English Workshops

Each Fall and Winter term, ELI presents free interactive workshops focusing on specific English writing and speaking skills U-M students need to succeed in their academic and professional careers. ELI workshops are open to all U-M students.


WINTER 2022 WORKSHOP SERIES: English for Academic Purposes

NOTE: All ELI Workshops Are Offered Online in Winter 2022

Click HERE to sign up for any of the workshops below!

Writing Effective Email - Wednesday, January 19, 7:00-8:30 pm Eastern Time (ET)

Have you ever struggled to write important email messages? Have you ever wondered whether your email messages reflect the professional persona you wish to project? In academic and professional settings, the ability to write effective email messages is an essential skill. In this workshop we will focus on strategies for writing clear, effective and professional email. We will discuss the aspects of email that make it likely to be read, to be easily understood, and to create a good impression. Bring a few samples of your important email messages to analyze. Please come prepared to participate actively in small group discussions.


Using Videos to Enhance Speaking, Listening, and Pronunciation - Wednesday January 26,  7:00-8:30 PM 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 join in online conversations with other participants. 


Writing in "Academic Style" - Wednesday February 2, 7:00-8:30 PM 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 - Wednesday February 9, 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time (ET)

Students sometimes think of poster presentations at academic conferences and symposia as “easier” and less high-stakes than presenting a paper or participating in a panel. However, the reality is that  poster presentations can be challenging communication events because they involve 10% presenting and 90% interacting with an “audience” of a few people crowded around the poster in a busy, noisy conference space. With many conferences now happening virtually, presenters also need to be ready for Zoom room visitors or to record brief video presentations in advance. Each of these modes of communication presents unique challenges and opportunities. In this workshop, we won't be working on poster design. Instead, we’ll focus on strategies for communicating fluently 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. 


Mindful Listening/Stress Reduction Strategies for International Students - Wednesday February 16, 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time (ET)

Winter is here. The stress of the semester is kicking in. This season can be especially challenging because of the cold weather and gray days, and this extra seasonal stress can have an impact on academic performance and even English communication effectiveness. This interactive workshop introduces strategies and resources to help you thrive this winter and beyond, with a special focus on practice of mindful listening which promotes a reduction of anxiety and stress, increased focus, and greater self-compassion. This practice can also improve your English listening comprehension! Please come prepared to participate actively in small groups.


Plan Your English Self-Study Program For Spring and Summer - Wednesday March 30, 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time (ET)

Classes end April 19th. What will you be doing over the long break to continue practicing and polishing your English language skills? Come to this workshop to gather new ideas and to share your own strategies for ways to continue practicing and improving your English during the long break. Please come prepared to participate actively in small group discussions.