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Intercultural Communication Center

August 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

  International Graduate Student Orientation

August 12

  • Introduction to the Intercultural Communication Center, 10:30am - 10:45am, Wiegand Gym
  • Information on ICC, Graduate Student Resource Fair, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Rangos Hall

  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.

  Testing for students who will work as TAs in fall 2014

August 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29

Carnegie Mellon policy and Pennsylvania State Law require any student whose native language is not English to take the ITA test before working as a teaching assistant. Because of time constraints in August, we will only test students whose departments have already assigned them TA positions for the fall semester. ITA Testing is regularly offered in November and April.

  ITA Test Overview

August 18, 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.

  Principles of Academic Writing

August 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, 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).

  Three Keys for Better Presentations

August 25, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, 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.

  Email for Academic Purposes

August 28, 10:00am - 12:00pm, 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.