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Intercultural Communication Center

April 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.

  ITA Test Dates

ITA testing is offered select days, April 14 to May 2, for nonnative English speaking students who intend to work as TAs in Summer or Fall 2014.

Students can begin to register starting April 7 by phone (412-268-4979), or email eslhelp @ andrew.cmu.edu.

  Writing Academic Summaries

April 2, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Cyert Hall A55
April 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm, 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.

  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
    April 4, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55
  • Developing Non-Verbal Communication
    April 11, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

  Writing Successful Critiques

April 4, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Cyert Hall A55
April 23, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, 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.

  Paraphrasing Properly & Avoiding Plagiarism

April 9, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, 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.

  Email for Academic Purposes

April 9, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

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.

  Participating in Classes

April 10, 10:00am - 12:00pm, 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.

  ITA Test Overview

April 10, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

This seminar gives students a clear understanding of the ITA test (procedures and scoring) so that they can prepare appropriately for the test and be more comfortable when taking the test.

  Communicating Data Effectively

April 11, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Cyert Hall A55
April 30, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, 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.

  Revising for Clarity

April 14, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Cyert Hall A55

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.

  Three Keys for Better Presentations

April 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cyert Hall A55
April 24, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Cyert Hall A55
April 29, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, 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.

   Workshops Continuing in April

  • Advanced Fluency Challenges
  • Focus on: Pronunciation
  • Presentation Basics
  • Public Speaking Practicum