English Language Learners

Rachel Toncelli, the Director of English Language Learning, offers workshops and individual appointments for students whose first language is not English. One-on-one writing appointments are also offered by graduate student writing associates who have special training in working with English language learners. 

A schedule of upcoming workshops is below. All group tutorials and workshops are held in 203 J. Walter Wilson. 

For more information about ELL services, contact Rachel Toncelli.

Seminars for English Language Learners

Wednesday, February 4th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!


Tuesday, February 10th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Euphemisms

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Explore the art of saying the negative in a positive way.  Euphemisms are common and colorful; come strengthen your ability to use them! 


Wednesday, February 11th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!


Monday, February 23rd

English Language Learners' Workshop: Writing Concisely

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Become a master at using direct concise language in your writing.  This workshop also develops strategies for becoming a better proofreader of your own work. 


 

Tuesday, February 24th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Organization and Paragraph Purpose

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This workshop analyzes the American reader’s expectations to help you consider effective organization, logical sequencing, and paragraph purpose.  



Wednesday, February 25th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!


Friday, February 27th

English Language Learners' Workshop: International Writers' Blog

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Come be a part of an exciting new project!  This ELL workshop is designed to help international students develop group blog posts on issues relating to cultural identity and international experiences.  What you write in this workshop may be published on the IWB!   Specific topic TBD.



Tuesday, March 3rd

English Language Learners' Workshop: Text Talk

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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When can you use texting acronyms? – Have some fun expanding your texting abilities while also comparing text talk to the more formal demands of communicating professionally and with your professors. BCNU 


Wednesday, March 4th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!


Thursday, March 5th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Sentence Variety and Smooth Transitions

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Are you worried about choppy, stringy, or run-on sentences?  Learn to balance sentence styles to make your writing more elegant and powerful. 



Tuesday, March 10th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Avoiding Common Errors

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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What are the most common errors in English Language Learners' writing?  This interactive workshop outlines frequent mistakes and develops editing skills to avoid them!



Wednesday, March 11th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!


Friday, March 13th

English Language Learners' Workshop: International Writers' Blog

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
Sign up for this event.

Come be a part of an exciting new project!  This ELL workshop is designed to help international students develop group blog posts on issues relating to cultural identity and international experiences.  What you write in this workshop may be published on the IWB!  Specific topic TBD.


Monday, March 16th

English Language Learners' Workshop: English in Film/Great Monologues

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Classic film monologues will be the medium through which participants will explore the powerful use of language. Learn some interesting vocabulary along the way!


 

Wednesday, March 18th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!


Tuesday, March 31st

English Language Learners' Workshop: Pronunciation Power

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Do you want to speak more confidently and clearly?  Need help with some problem sounds?  Pronunciation Power is quick look at some difficult pronunciation patterns in American English. 


 

Wednesday, April 1st

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!


Monday, April 6th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Editing Scientific Writing

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Apply the basic tenets of good scientific writing to bad examples.  Learn to proofread and improve unclear, wordy writing.


 

Wednesday, April 8th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
Sign up for this event.

This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!



Friday, April 10th

English Language Learners' Workshop: International Writers' Blog

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
Sign up for this event.

Come be a part of an exciting new project!  This ELL workshop is designed to help international students develop group blog posts on issues relating to cultural identity and international experiences.  What you write in this workshop may be published on the IWB!  Specific topic TBD.