English Language Skills Workshops

To schedule a workshop for your class or group, contact Michelle Cseh, assistant director of academic resources at michelle.cseh@case.edu.

Grammar in Speaking

Students will review grammar topics such as verb tenses, articles, and pronouns. Then, students will participate in speaking activities to identify, correct, and practice their own grammar use in spoken English. 

Idioms in Conversation 

The instructor will introduce idioms for conversation and lead students in a discussion activity using these idioms. Students will discover the meaning of figurative language from the context of the conversation.

Impromptu Speaking

Students will practice speaking skills and formulating answers to respond to questions they haven’t previously thought about. This type of “on the spot” interaction promotes language fluency and comfort level with spoken English.

Listening Strategies

Students will practice academic listening and note taking skills. Students will learn to recognize transitions and key vocabulary to help organize information from lectures.

Navigating Language and Culture 

The focus of this workshop is to explore and share culture. Students are encouraged to discuss and share elements of their culture and navigate conflicts in cultural understanding. Discussions can follow the students’ questions or the instructor’s lead based on students’ needs.

Participating in and Leading Classroom Discussions 

Students may find that they are required to participate in class discussions as well as lead classroom discussions about readings and topics from content areas. Students will practice with vocabulary used in academic settings to facilitate and encourage group discussions. 

Reading Strategies

Students will review and learn reading strategies such as efficient reading, active reading, techniques for college courses, annotating and note taking. Students will also practice using contextual cues for meaning and improving reading fluency.

Spoken English Fluency 

This workshop will help make students aware of elements of spoken English beyond pronunciation, such as lexical “chunks”, intonation, pauses, and syllable/word stress. Students will leave with exercises and further information on how to continue to develop their skills. 

Vocabulary for Describing Charts and Graphs 

Instructors will lead students in an exercise describing charts and graphs and will then provide students with information and a handout on vocabulary to improve variety when presenting charts and graphs.