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, February 15th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 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 seminar so this workshop series is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper. Join us for pizza too!


Tuesday, February 16th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Writing Concisely

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location:JWW 203
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Have you been told your writing is too “wordy” or that your phrasing isn’t quite right?  If so, come learn strategies for concise, direct writing.  Leave this workshop with an editing tool kit to expertly proofread your writing!


Wednesday, February 24th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Timed Writing

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:JWW 203
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This workshop focuses on strategies to write organized responses during timed exams. Through interactive analysis of actual test questions and steps for planning responses, students will learn to approach timed tests as if they have all the time in the world!


Monday, February 29th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 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 seminar so this workshop series is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper. Join us for pizza too!



English Language Learners' Workshop: Articles Demystified!

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Location:JWW 203
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A, An, and The -Such small words, such important meaning!-  Don't let your readers be distracted by missing or incorrect articles. This interactive workshop will clearly define all uses of articles in English and attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the nuances of the article system.  

Friday, March 11th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Local Cuisine Quiz Show

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 203
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Join us for lunch as we decipher local menus and food choices in a quiz game with prizes!  Lunch will be served!  This workshop is sure to satisfy your appetite!


Monday, March 14th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 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 seminar so this workshop series is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper. Join us for pizza too!



Wednesday, March 16th

English Language Learners' Workshop: In Your Own Words

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:JWW 203
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This workshop will practice paraphrasing skills to help writers to develop their own voices and to avoid patchwriting and plagiarizing pitfalls.  Attendees will learn paraphrasing strategies and will apply these skills in group activities during the workshop.


Monday, March 21st

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 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 seminar so this workshop series is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper. Join us for pizza too!


Monday, April 11th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 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 seminar so this workshop series is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper. Join us for pizza too!


Wednesday, April 13th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Small Talk & Networking Skills

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:JWW 203
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Do you struggle to move small talk beyond the weather and into more meaningful conversation?  This interactive workshop will help you develop conversation skills to help you network at social and professional events.



Monday, April 18th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 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 seminar so this workshop series is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper. Join us for pizza too!


Monday, April 25th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 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 seminar so this workshop series is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper. Join us for pizza too!