English Ready workshops

Join our English Ready learning community by attending workshops throughout the year.

Please note: English Ready workshops will commence 6 March 2017. Temporary location: Carlton Library, Building 94.03.03 (seminar room)

English Ready workshops

Topics are divided into four main areas:

  • Speaking and presenting
  • Grammar and sentence structure
  • Writing and ideas
  • Study skills and work readiness

No need to book; just arrive 5 minutes before sessions start.

Speaking and presenting

Rhythms of English

When

Wednesdays, 8 March – 29 March, 12.30 – 1.30 pm

Where:

Carlton Library, Building 94.03.03 (seminar room)

Description

If you pronounce individual English words very well but still find that native speakers have trouble understanding you, or if you have trouble understanding native speakers, you might need to work on sentence stress. English is a stress-timed language, which means native speakers only pronounce the most important words in the sentence. These sessions will give you areas of pronunciation to work on.

Session 1: Wednesday 8 March - English as a stress-timed language
Session 2: Wednesday 15 March - Stress and intonation determine interpretation
Session 3: Wednesday 22 March - Stress for meaning: clarification and sarcasm
Session 4 Wednesday 29 March – Rhetorical questions and polite commands

Speak out!

When

Fridays, 10 March – 31 March, 11.30 – 12.30 pm

Where

Carlton Library, Building 94.03.03 (seminar room)

Description

Gain confidence in speaking out and have fun speaking English and meeting people. The sessions aim to help you develop confidence in initiating and maintaining conversations.

Session 1: Friday 10 March - Conversation: asking the right questions and responding
Session 2: Friday 17 March - Taboo topics: talking about sensitive subjects
Session 3: Friday 24 March - Using indirect and polite language
Session 4: Friday 31 March - Speaking assertively and building a convincing argument.

Speaking clearly

When

Fridays, 10 March - 7 April, 12.30 - 1.30 pm

Where

Carlton Library, Building 94.03.03 (seminar room)

Description

These sessions will build your confidence in communicating with others through practice and constructive feedback. You will learn about voice projection, articulation, rhythm, intonation, as well as how to speak clearly without mumbling.

Session 1: Friday 10 March – Speaking clearly with confidence
Session 2: Friday 17 March – Rhythm and intonation using lyrics and poetry
Session 3: Friday 24 March – Giving clear instructions
Session 4: Friday 31 March – Dealing with innuendo
Session 5: Friday 7 April – Pitch curves and stress

Oral presentations

When

Fridays, 28 April – 26 May, 12.30 – 1.30 pm

Where

City campus: Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description

Boost your confidence in delivering an oral presentation. Pick up tips and receive constructive feedback from the learning advisor and other students on what worked and areas that could be improved. Topics include structuring content, PowerPoint presentation, body language and speech delivery.

Session 1: Friday 28 April – What is a good presentation?
Session 2: Friday 5 May – How to structure your talk
Session 3: Friday 12 May – Characteristics of a good presenter
Session 4: Friday 26 May – Practice time

Grammar and sentence structure

Strengthening sentences and writing good English

When

Mondays, 6 March – 15 May, 12.30 – 1.30 pm or
Wednesdays, 8 March – 17 May, 11.30 am – 12.30 pm (repeat sessions)

Where

Carlton Library, Building 94.03.03 (seminar room)

Description

Learn about sentence types and how to clarify meaning at the sentence level. The workshops provide a general introduction to basic sentence structure. Each workshop builds on the previous one, so it is important to attend the first four sessions. The focus is on how sentence combinations can be used to achieve greater grammatical accuracy and flexibility in writing.

Session 1: 6 & 8 March - Writing clear sentences

13 March - Public holiday: no class on Monday but class on Wednesday 15 March

Session 2: 15 & 20 March - Compound sentences (coordination)
Session 3: 22 & 27 March - Complex sentences (subordination)
Session 4: 29 March & 3 April - Sentence variety
Session 5: 5 & 10 April - Strengthening sentences

Easter break: no classes 12 - 21 April

ANZAC Day: Public holiday 25 April

Session 6: 24 & 26 April – Grammatical sentences
Session 7: 1 & 3 May - Writing good English
Session 8: 8 & 10 May - Punctuation: a brief guide
Session 9: 15 & 17 May - Writing studio

Grammar studio

When

Mondays, 6 March - 15 May, 11.30 am – 12.30 pm or

Wednesdays, 8 March - 17 May, 10.30 - 11.30 am

Where

Carlton Library, Building 94.03.03 (seminar room)

Description

Work together on current writing to improve fluency and grammatical accuracy. Grammar studio provides an opportunity for you to improve your understanding of English grammar and sentence structure. Each week you will work with other students and a learning advisor in both giving and receiving feedback on a paragraph of your current writing which will be used for language discussion.

Writing and ideas

Writing reports in English

When

Mondays, 6 March – 10 April, 10.30 – 11.30 am

Where

Carlton Library, Building 94.03.03 (seminar room)

Description

The workshops focus on the language relevant to various sections of a report with a strong focus on writing about data.

Session 1: Monday 6 March - Report structure and the introductory sections

13 March - Public holiday: no class on Monday

Session 2: Monday 20 March - Describing the methodology; presenting findings and results
Session 3: Monday 27 March - Discussion section: describing graphs and data
Session 4: Monday 3 April - Discussion section: data commentary
Session 5: Monday 10 April - Concluding and recommending

Referencing

When

Fridays, 10– 31 March, 10.30 – 11.30 am

Where

Carlton Library, Building 94.03.03 (seminar room)

Description

This workshop series begins with how to reference and paraphrase and moves on to how language can be used to make your references more effective. The focus is on using referencing in assignments to show your understanding and critical evaluation of the books and articles you have read. It would be useful to attend all four sessions.

Session 1: Friday 10 March - The basics of referencing
Session 2: Friday 17 March - How to paraphrase
Session 3: Friday 24 March - Language for critiquing sources
Session 4: Friday 31 March - Grammatical patterns in referencing

Study skills and work readiness

Career workshops will commence in April TBA. For career support go to the RMIT Careers and Employability Job Shop this semester.

Timetable

New timetable for semester 1, 2017 starting March 6.

Temporary location: Carlton Library, Building 94.03.03 (seminar room)

Time

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

9.30 am

10.30 am

Writing reports in English

Grammar studio

Referencing

11.30 am

Grammar studio

Strengthening sentences (repeat)

Speak out!

12.30 pm

Strengthening sentences

Rhythms of English

Speaking clearly

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Oral presentations