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

Friday, September 11th

Academic Conventions in Writing for English Language Learners (4 week workshop)

Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Location:JWW 203
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This four session 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 11, Friday. September 25, Friday, October 2,  and Friday, October 9.  Sign up only if you can commit to attending all four sessions.  Contact ellwriting@Brown.edu with questions.



Monday, September 28th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Writing Concisely

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 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.  

Monday, October 5th

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, October 6th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Avoiding Common Errors

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:JWW 203
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What are the most common errors in English Language Learners' writing?  This interactive workshop outlines frequent mistakes and develops editing skills to avoid them!



Thursday, October 15th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Sentence Variety & Smooth Transitions

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:JWW 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.

Friday, October 16th

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, October 19th

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, October 21st

English Language Learners' Workshop: Effective Presentations of Your Research

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:JWW 203
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This workshop meets on 10/21, 10/28, and 11/4 from 3:30-5.


Become an expert at making presentations of your research.  From the 30 second elevator pitch, to the cultural cues of networking events, to formal presentations, you will build confidence and skill at making presentations and talking about the work you do.  


This is a workshop series that meets three times.  Please sign up only if you can attend all three sessions.



Monday, October 26th

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, November 2nd

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!

Monday, November 9th

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!

English Language Learners' Workshop: Networking Skills - the 30 Second Elevator Pitch

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:JWW 203
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Come practice the art of networking.  This two part workshop covers the dynamics and cultural cues of networking in the States.  You will develop a 30 second elevator pitch and, in the second workshop meeting, practice giving this pitch to university administrators speed-dating style!


This workshop meets on Monday, November 9th and Monday, November 16th.  Please sign up if you can commit to attending both sessions.

Monday, November 16th

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!

Monday, November 30th

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!