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Thursday 16 Aug

Speaking Clearly 3: word endings and pronunciation

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

This workshop is for non-native speakers of English. Do you find it hard to pronounce sounds at the ends of words? Is it hard for you to pronounce plurals and past tenses, or to make words like bat and bad sound different? Listeners can be confused if the sounds at the ends of words are missing or unclear. Learn how to hear and say word endings; lots of opportunities are provided for practice.

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Date: Thursday 16 August, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Venue: Harold White theatre, 757 Swanston St

Friday 17 Aug

Critical thinking in an Australian context

12:30 pm - 02:00 pm

This workshop is for non-native speakers of English. All of us think critically every day. However, in Australia the academic expectations of critical thinking may be different from those in your culture. This session builds on the critical thinking skills you already have. We will clarify the thinking skills you are expected to use in your studies, especially when reading and writing. In particular we will look at critical reading and how you can use the ideas from your readings in your writing.

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Date: Friday 17 August, 2018

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Venue: Harold White theatre, 757 Swanston St

Monday 20 Aug

Grammar Essentials: Creating sentence variety in your writing

12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

This workshop is for non-native speakers of English and builds on content covered in Compound/Complex Sentences. Bring a piece of your own writing. You will explore sentence patterns in your own writing and discuss how you can improve your writing by creating sentence variety.

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Date: Monday 20 August, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Venue: Harold White theatre, 757 Swanston St

Thursday 23 Aug

Speaking Clearly 4: difficult consonants

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

This workshop is for non-native speakers of English. English, like all languages, has a few consonant sounds that are difficult for learners and can make your speech unclear. Learn to make new sounds, and investigate strategies to use them in everyday speaking. Come and find out about those sounds that give you trouble, as well as a range of strategies to practice.

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Date: Thursday 23 August, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Venue: Room 111 & 110, level 1, 757 Swanston St

Friday 24 Aug

Chit Chat: strategies for engaging in small talk

12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

This workshop is for non-native speakers of English. Making small talk is more than just getting to know someone new. It is an expected part of social behaviour, but making small talk isn’t always easy. Speakers must meet certain expectations and must talk about appropriate subjects which may vary from one culture to another. These activities will give you a chance to practice what to say when you’re face to face with someone new and want to get the conversation started.

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Date: Friday 24 August, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Venue: Harold White theatre, 757 Swanston St

Monday 27 Aug

From Sentence to Paragraph

12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

This workshop is for non-native speakers of English. Academic writing is much more than writing grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs of the same length. This session will focus on the different roles sentences play in academic paragraphs such as topic sentences, and sentences providing evidence and analysis. It will also highlight the different types of paragraphing commonly found in academic texts.Bring a piece of your own writing, and be prepared for a mix of input and writing practice in this interactive workshop.

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Date: Monday 27 August, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Venue: Room 109 & 110, level 1, 757 Swanston St (booked from 11:45)

Thursday 30 Aug

Speaking Clearly 5: vowels

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

This workshop is for non-native speakers of English. Do you confuse some vowels that sound similar, as in fit and feet or pull and pool? Come and learn to hear all the English vowel sounds, some helpful tools to write down vowels accurately, and some rules for vowel spelling. Practice producing accurate vowels in simple speaking activities.

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Date: Thursday 30 August, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Venue: Room 109, level 1, 757 Swanston St 

Friday 31 Aug

Aussie English

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

This workshop is for non-native speakers of English. It will introduce you to a range of Aussie English expressions, and some commonly used Australian informal language (idioms and slang) that you may typically hear in classes and social situations. It will also give you important background context to help better understand their use.

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Date: Friday 31 August, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Venue: Harold White theatre, level 1, 757 Swanston St

Graduate research

Thursday 23 Aug

Graduate Research: Literature Review

01:30 pm - 04:30 pm

This Graduate Research workshop presented by Academic Skills, is intended for students in the early stages of their M.Phil or PhD candidature. In this session, we will investigate the research and writing skills required for your thesis. The first part of the session will focus on techniques for critical reading and note-taking followed by strategies for navigating the world of academic literature. The second half will focus on writing. We will explore specific techniques for writing a clear and critical review of literature through the use of examples and practice activities.

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Date: 23 August, 2018

Time:  1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Venue: 757 Swanston St, 110 & 111

Wednesday 29 Aug

Graduate Research: Crafting the Writing

01:30 pm - 04:30 pm

This Graduate Research workshop presented by Academic Skills, is intended for graduate research (M.Phil & PhD) students in the middle stages of their candidature. It focuses on the writing skills required for clear and effective communication of your research. We will explore ways of establishing a productive writing routine and developing clear written expression. We will also discuss strategies for creating a logical structure and work on cohesion devices at the sentence, paragraph, section and chapter level.

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Date: 29 August, 2018

Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Venue: 757 Swanston St, 109 & 110 

Wednesday 5 Sep

Graduate Research: Oral Presentation

01:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Excellent oral presentation skills are essential for all RHD students, whether you are preparing for confirmation, completion seminar or conference presentations. This workshop explores the challenge of communicating effectively in these contexts.

You will learn techniques for giving an effective academic presentation and consider areas such as:        

  • Structuring and delivering your presentation
  • Designing effective visual aids
  • Preparing for questions
  • Improving non-verbal communication strategies
  • Dealing with nerves

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Date: 05 September, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Venue: 757 Swanston St, Room 111 

Wednesday 19 Sep

Graduate Research: Towards Completion

01:30 pm - 04:30 pm

In this Graduate Research workshop presented by Academic Skills, we will discuss some of the practical skills required to complete your thesis, including polishing your writing so you tell your research story clearly and effectively, thinking about examiners’ expectations, and preparing for your completion seminar.

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Date: 19 September, 2018

Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Venue: 757 Swanston St, 109 & 110. 

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