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Intercultural Communication Center

June/July Events

Registration is required for all services. To register, call the ICC at 412-268-4979 or send email to eslhelp @ andrew.cmu.edu, or visit our office in Warner Hall 308.
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Warner Hall 308
Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890
Phone: (412) 268-4979
email: eslhelp@andrew.cmu.edu

  Language Support Check-in: Getting Started with ICC Support

Before attending ICC work, students need to attend a brief language support check-in to get recommendations for appropriate work and be added to our contact-list for email announcements before the start of each class, workshop or seminar. If possible, students should bring TOEFL scores, including sub-scores (an official copy is not required, but is useful). Students who plan to work as TAs are strongly advised to have a check-in at the start of their first semester on campus.

See the following for dates and times. Students who missed the scheduled check-in sessions at the beginning of the summer semester can stop in the ICC office for an informal check-in.

  Drama Techniques for Academic Presentations

This series provides theater techniques that can help presenters and ITAs more clearly communicate their message by engaging the audience and highlighting key ideas. This is offered as a two-part series of seminars that includes: Improving Spoken Delivery and Developing Non-Verbal Communication.

  • Improving Spoken Delivery
    June 2, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Cyert Hall A55
    June 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

  • Developing Non-Verbal Communication
    June 5, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Cyert Hall A50
    June 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

  Writing Academic Summaries

June 3, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

This seminar teaches students how to successfully write the various types of summaries that are required in many CM classes (reports, reviews, critiques, exams, etc.). Activities focus on identifying the key points in texts and summarizing these points in an accurate and concise way. Students will practice using their own words to condense material from outside sources.

  Pronunciation for Effective Presentations

June 4, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

This seminar introduces the crucial features of pronunciation (e.g., stress, intonation, speed and rhythm) that can make students more comprehensible when presenting or teaching in English. This seminar is fairly fast paced, so may not be appropriate for students still working on basic fluency.

  "Talking the Talk" Seminar Series

This is a series of four seminars which focus on the language and cultural strategies NNES need in informal situations (e.g., job interviews, conferences, talking with clients and funders, departmental receptions, etc.). Each seminar practices a different aspect of this skill set; students will be better prepared to demonstrate their professional expertise. (Students can take seminars in any order.)

  • Small Talk
    June 2, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

    focuses on the underlying significance of social conversation and its culturally appropriate use in academic and professional situations (a challenge for many international students).

  • Hallway Talk
    June 9, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

    helps students understand and use culturally appropriate techniques to communicate the relevance of their work or research despite gaps in academic fluency. Students practice these techniques in small group exercises.

  • Elevator Talk
    June 10, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

    raises awareness of the US expectation that academics simplify their language when discussing their fields with a broad audience. Students learn techniques to simplify complex material, and practice these techniques in small group exercises.

  • Research Talk for PhDs
    June 11, 3:30pm - 5:30pm, Cyert Hall A55

    helps participants learn to adapt the jargon of their field for a general academic audience, and to develop a concise and accurate overview of their own research projects in a brief talk. Because this seminar requires learners to talk about their own research, this seminar is intended for PhD students who have proposed or are actively pursuing independent research; participants must have substantial research experience.

  Three Keys for Better Presentations

June 6, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55
June 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

This seminar helps students quickly improve the quality of their presentations and feel more confident as presenters by focusing on three key areas: audience, purpose and organization. Participants plan and then present on academic topics of their choice.

  Writing Successful Critiques

June 10, 3:30pm - 5:30pm, Cyert Hall A55

This seminar addresses common challenges that international students face when writing an evaluation or an analysis of another author's work. In this seminar, students will review and practice with the organizing structure and language typically used for critiques in the US academy.

  Principles of Academic Writing

June 12, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

This seminar offers an overview of the cultural variations in academic writing that often cause problems for international students. This seminar also helps students become better writers in their fields by teaching them to recognize, and eventually implement, various principles of successful academic writing (e.g. audience, purpose, organization, style, flow).

  Communicating Data Effectively

June 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

This seminar addresses challenges NNES face when discussing graphs/figures in academic papers and presentations. To communicate more effectively, students learn and practice a clear organizing structure, useful language, and strategies for using data in papers or presentations.

   Workshops Continuing in June

  • Advanced Fluency Challenges
  • Focus on: Pronunciation
  • Presentation Basics