English Language Learners

Rachel Toncelli, the Director of English Language Learning, offers workshops and individual appointments for students whose first language is not English. One-on-one writing appointments are also offered by graduate student writing associates who have special training in working with English language learners. 

A schedule of upcoming workshops is below. All group tutorials and workshops are held in 203 J. Walter Wilson. 

For more information about ELL services, contact Rachel Toncelli.

Seminars for English Language Learners

Monday, August 25th

Academic Conventions in US Writing for Graduate Students

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:Smith-Buonanno G01
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This two-hour workshop discusses the cultural style and reader expectations of academic writing in the United States. Guidelines for organization, argument, thesis statements, paragraph purpose, and effective transitions will be discussed.  Attendees will actively define and use a  "road map" for American writing to improve two essays. 

Academic Conventions in US Writing for Graduate Students

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:Smith-Buonanno G01
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This two-hour workshop discusses the cultural style and reader expectations of academic writing in the United States. Guidelines for organization, argument, thesis statements, paragraph purpose, and effective transitions will be discussed.  Attendees will actively define and use a  "road map" for American writing to improve two essays. 

Friday, September 12th

Academic Conventions in Writing for English Language Learners

Time: 9:00 am - 11:45 am
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This four week intensive workshop focuses on the cultural expectations and linguistic approaches to effective academic writing in the United States.  Topics discussed will include organization, thesis statements, paragraph purpose, sentence variety, and effective transitions.  Special attention will also be paid to proofreading and editing skills.  Class meets on Friday, September 12, 19, and 26 and Friday, October 3.  Sign up only if you can commit to attending all four sessions.  Contact ellwriting@Brown.edu with questions.

Tuesday, September 23rd

English Language Learners' Workshop: Concise Language & Editing Strategies

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Become a master at using concise, direct language in your writing.  This workshop also develops strategies for becoming a better proofreader of your own work.

Friday, September 26th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Concise Language & Editing Strategies

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Become a master at using direct, concise language in your writing.  This workshop also develops strategies for becoming a better proofreader of your own work.

Tuesday, September 30th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Organization & Paragraph Purpose

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This workshop analyzes the American reader's expectations to help you consider effective organization, logical sequencing, and paragraph purpose.

Wednesday, October 1st

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!

Friday, October 3rd

English Language Learners' Workshop: Organization & Paragraph Purpose

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This workshop analyzes the American reader's expectations to help you consider effect organization, logical sequencing, and paragraph purpose.

Tuesday, October 7th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Sentence Variety & Smooth Transitions

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Are you worried about choppy, stringy, or run-on sentences? Learn to balance sentence styles to make your writing more elegant and powerful.

Thursday, October 9th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Pronunciation Power

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Do you want to speak more confidently and clearly? Need help with some problem sounds? Pronunciation Power is a quick look at some difficult pronunciation patterns in American English.

Wednesday, October 15th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!

Friday, October 17th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Sentence Variety & Smooth Transitions

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Are you worried about choppy, stringy, or run-on sentences? Learn to balance sentence styles to make your writing more elegant and powerful.

Tuesday, October 21st

English Language Learners' Workshop: Editing Scientific Writing

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Apply the basic tenets of good scientific writing to bad examples!  Learn to proofread and improve unclear, wordy writing.

Wednesday, October 22nd

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!

Monday, October 27th

English Language Learners' Workshop: American Slang

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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What are they talking about? This workshop takes a look at slang for socializing in the States.

Wednesday, October 29th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
Sign up for this event.

This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!