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Fine Tune Your Accent

In this workshop series, international faculty, scholars, and graduate students will uncover the nuances of English pronunciation that matter most for conveying meaning effectively in U.S. academic settings. Participants will learn and practice research-based pronunciation strategies to enhance classroom teaching and conference presentations.

Individual language consultations are also offered (based on staff availability) on a free and confidential basis to members of the University of Minnesota teaching community.


Word Stress

Was originally scheduled on:
Monday, January 27th, 2014

Cancelled due to extreme weather. We will reschedule this workshop shortly.

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.

Facilitators: Colleen Meyers, Elena Stetsenko


Fluency

This Workshop was held on Monday, February 10th, 2014

What does it really mean to speak English fluently? In this workshop, you will learn how strategic phrasing and pausing can help you be better understood by listeners.

Facilitators: Colleen Meyers, Elena Stetsenko


Emphasis

This Workshop was held on
Monday, February 24th, 2014

Listeners in U.S. academia expect speakers to emphasize the important words in their presentations. If you neglect this, or do it incorrectly, your audience may lose focus and quit listening. In this workshop, you will learn and practice the most common patterns of U.S. English emphasis.

Facilitators: Colleen Meyers, Elena Stetsenko


Tone of Voice

This Workshop was held on
Monday, March 10th, 2014

Words are only part of the message; your tone of voice communicates volumes in U.S. academic settings. Learn how intonation (voice variation) may influence audience perceptions about your expertise, approachability, and intentions, such as asking a question or making a statement.

Facilitators: Colleen Meyers, Elena Stetsenko


Presentation Skills

This workshop was held on Monday, Mar 24th, 2013

Language learning is a process, and it will take some time to fine-tune English skills. What can you do in the meantime, or in addition to, fine tuning your accent? Developing your presentation skills can be a useful compensatory strategy. This workshop will highlight skills that are particularly important for teaching, but are also relevant for other kinds of presenting as well. Participants will develop their ability to speak with clear organization and use visuals effectively.

Facilitators: Jeff Lindgren


Responding to Questions Fluently and Confidently

This workshop was held on Monday, April 7th, 2014
 

Answering questions is an important—yet challenging—skill. What should you do if you are asked a difficult or unexpected question? What strategies might help you handle such situations? Whether for classroom interaction, conference presentations, or even interacting with your advisor, you will have the opportunity to develop useful strategies for responding fluently and confidently.

Facilitators: Colleen Meyers, Elena Stetsenko