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Intercultural Communication Center

September 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, bring TOEFL scores, including sub-scores (official copies not required, but 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.

  Three Keys for Better Presentations

September 3, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Cyert Hall A55
September 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A50

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.

  Becoming a Better Language Learner

September 5, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

This seminar highlights second language theories and techniques which students can use to become more effective language learners, both in ICC classes and in their daily interactions.

  Paraphrasing Properly and Avoiding Plagiarism

September 5, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, Cyert Hall A55

Nonnative English speakers may unintentionally plagiarize for two main reasons: 1) they may not completely understand what plagiarism means in US universities, and 2) they may lack the language and skills to paraphrase another author's work properly. This seminar will help students deal with these issues.

  Communicating Data Effectively

Sepember 8, 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.

  Participating in Classes

Sepember 12, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55
Sepember 22, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Cyert Hall A50

This seminar addresses the common factors (e.g., cultural differences, interaction style and assumptions about learning) that often hinder international students' ability to interact sufficiently in the Carnegie Mellon classroom. Participants will learn how to more effectively demonstrate their knowledge in classes, discussion groups and seminars.

  Email for Academic Purposes

Sepember 17, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Cyert Hall A50

This seminar addresses common problems that nonnative English speakers face when communicating by email with faculty, colleagues and other students. In this seminar, students will identify and practice strategies for effectively organizing information and communicating politely in academic emails.

  Writing Academic Summaries

Sepember 17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, 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.

  Focused Listening

Sepember 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

This seminar trains students to use authentic materials (video or lectures) to develop both their own academic fluency and their ability to understand implied as well as literal meaning.

  "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.)

  • Hallway Talk
    September 19, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, 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
    September 26, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, 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.

  Revising for Clarity

Sepember 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Cyert Hall A50

This seminar helps students improve the clarity of their writing by practicing how to structure sentences and paragraphs in a way that is consistent with the US academic style. Through examples and practice, students will learn how to compose their writing so that readers will interpret ideas as the writer intended.

  Writing Successful Critiques

Sepember 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, 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.

  Improving Spoken Delivery

Sepember 26, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

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

  Workshops Beginning in September

  • Advanced Fluency Challenges
  • Language and Culture for Teaching
  • Presentation Basics
  • Speaking & Listening