English Development Workshop Series

The English Development Workshop Series assists international students with strengthening their skills in

Representatives from the Program in Academic English/ESL facilitate these FREE, engaging workshops, each quarter.  They are co-hosted by Academic English and ISEP.


Spring Quarter Workshops

Ten Ways to Boost Your Listening Comprehension
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (Week 2)
2:00-2:50 pm
Humanities Gateway 1010
Presenter: Anna Striedter

This workshop features ten tips on how to use youTube videos, films, radio broadcasts, songs and other sources effectively in order to build up your repertoire of everyday or academic English vocabulary. Participants will gain hands-on experience in applying these tips to short listening samples from a variety of sources. They will have a chance to take notes, test their


Speaking Up in the Classroom
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 (Week 5)
1:00-1:50 pm
Humanities Gateway 1010
Presenter: Kathie Levin

Are you hesitant about speaking up in class when you need to ask a question, participate in a discussion, or give a presentation, all because you worry about your pronunciation? This workshop will focus on some common features of spoken English that are easy to practice, giving you tools to communicate more clearly and confidently in the classroom.


Varying Sentence Structures to Make Your Writing Stand Out
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (Week 7)
1:00-1:50 pm
Humanities Gateway 1002
Presenter: Jacob Ludwig

Do you feel that you always use the same types of sentences in your writing?  Do you feel that your writing is often repetitive? In this workshop, we will discuss various sentence structures that you can use to make your writing more unique, and some ways to modify the structures that you already use to vary your sentences even further.