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 Fine Tune Your Accent 

Session 1: English Vowels

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Walter Library Room 101
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Are you confused about the differences between certain vowels, such as "beat" and "bit?" Do listeners sometimes misunderstand what you mean because you say the wrong vowel? Learning the correct pronunciation of key English vowels is crucial for improving your overall North American English pronunciation. In this workshop, you will learn how to identify key vowels in English, practice, and get feedback on your pronunciation.

Presenters: Colleen Meyers, Elena Stetsenko


Session 2: Word Stress

Monday, October 20th, 2014
1:00pm - 2:00 pm
Location: 101 Walter Library
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Perhaps you’re wondering where the “accent” goes in English words. For example, why do we say “a MAKE-up test," but then “to make-UP a test?” This workshop will answer questions about English word stress.

Presenters: Colleen Meyers, Elena Stetsenko


Teamwork: Surviving Group Projects

Are your student teams running smoothly, or do they sometimes look like this?



Check out teamwork.umn.edu, created for students in response to faculty requests for a resource to help students develop teamwork skills and manage common problems that arise during course-based group projects. Using scholarly literature and extensive focus groups with students, the site sets out “Steps to Success,” dispels common myths about teamwork, addresses conflict management, and provides tools to support collaboration. Read the faculty guide on using the site.


Teaching Tips

From Homework to Preparing for Classroom Assignments

Making this small semantic shift across an undergraduate then three graduate courses was my way of studying ways of engaging students in developing as participating, self-regulating, learning motivated, adult learners. The post reflects on this small shift, and its big impacts.

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