ELI Winter 2023 Workshop Series: English for Academic Purposes

Each semester, ELI presents a series of free interactive, participatory workshops focusing on specific English writing and speaking skills that graduate and undergraduate students need to succeed in their academic and professional careers. Workshops are facilitated by ELI Lecturer Sara Nezami Nav.

Sign up here for any of the six Winter 2023 workshops listed below.





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CCCB 0460
Sara Nezami Nav

Establishing a strong social network is key to academic and professional success, and it supports your overall well being too! But many students can find it a challenge to establish a network, especially if they are new to U.S. culture. Learning how to comfortably make small talk is a great first step in developing personal and professional connections. It also helps you excel in your academic work, integrate with life on campus, and take advantage of U-M resources. This workshop will provide tips and strategies for networking and small talk. We will practice these skills in small groups, preparing you to make your own connections with friends, professors, and future colleagues.


Note: This Session is being RESCHEDULED for February 1, due to the heavy snow on January 25.

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BSB 1060
Sara Nezami Nav

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.

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BSB 1060
Sara Nezami Nav

Have you ever struggled to write important email messages? Have you ever wondered whether your tone is right in your email messages? In academic and professional settings, the ability to write effective email messages is an essential skill to help you communicate your professional persona. In this workshop we will focus on strategies for writing clear, effective, and professional email. You will learn how to write emails that are likely to be read, be easily understood, and create a good first impression. Bring a few samples of your important email messages to analyze. Please come prepared to participate actively in small group discussions

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BSB 1060
Sara Nezami Nav

When you give a presentation, does your voice express confidence? Is it loud enough? Do your listeners easily understand you? Is your audience engaged? In this workshop we will explore techniques to gain confidence and comfort when public speaking in English. You will leave with tips and resources to improve your public speaking abilities. Everyone will give a short presentation on a topic of your choice: a self-introduction, overview of your field of study, or a quick story of an interesting experience.

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BSB 1060
Sara Nezami Nav

Making conversation can be one of the most challenging types of speaking to master in any language. This can be particularly true with people in a position of authority, such as a faculty advisor, department chair, work supervisor, or future employer. In this workshop, we will practice skills and strategies to effectively interact with powerful people, including turn-taking strategies, active listening, and sources for sample conversations. We will consider how to seem friendly and confident at a job interview or competent and insightful in a research group meeting. Come ready to practice with one another and to identify effective ways to practice on your own.

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BSB 1060
Sara Nezami Nav

In today’s research world, presentations can take place in person as a talk or poster presentation, online via Zoom, or via pre-recorded videos, and strong visuals are essential to their success. These visuals can take many forms, including graphs, tables, charts, photos, and embedded videos. In this workshop, you will learn how to select appropriate visuals and integrate them with spoken and written text in order to best communicate your scholarship to different audiences. We will analyze presentations from a variety of disciplines in order to identify what makes them effective. Please bring a presentation you are currently working on or have presented in the past and be prepared to participate in small group discussions.

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ELI Winter 2023 Workshop Series: English for Academic Purposes
You May Choose As Many Sessions As You Want