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

Monday, March 9th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Formal/Networking Conversations

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:JWW 203
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Are you interested in mastering the art of formal conversation?  What are culturally appropriate topics and behaviors in professional and/or networking conversations?  Sign up for this workshop to practice the art of conversation in professional spheres.

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!


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!


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
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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, April 10th

English Language Learners' Workshop: International Writers' Blog

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This ELL workshop will discuss local food and the challenges of deciphering menus.  Lunch will be served!  After lunch, we will develop a group blog post for publication on the International Writers' Blog.  This workshop is sure to satisfy your appetite for improving your writing skills.

Space is limited.