English Language Learners

The English Language Learning team 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. 

For more information about ELL services, contact ELLWriting@Brown.edu.

Seminars for English Language Learners

Monday, October 3rd

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:Sciences Library, Room 520
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This weekly English conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussions about US culture, idiomatic language, and vocabulary. Students will pick the source material during each workshop. Lunch provided!

Tuesday, October 4th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Email Etiquette

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:Sciences Library, Room 520
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This one-hour workshop will address some Dos and Don'ts of communicating via email in the US academic system and workplace. Participants will discuss how grammatical structure, word choice, and register can impact the tone of email communication. RSVP required.

Wednesday, October 5th

English Communication Skills Workshop Series: From Small Talk to Classroom Talk

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location:Sciences Library, Room 520
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Uncomfortable with the awkward silence after the “Hi,” “Hello,” and “Good Morning?” Have brilliant ideas but also have a hard time talking about them in class? The second session of the English Communication Workshops is here to help! Together, we will discuss what makes small talk and classroom talk so challenging for international students, explore the possible strategies to overcome the difficulties, and, after some interesting and helpful practices, have you start speaking in no time! There will be pizza to help the discussion, as usual!

Wednesday, October 12th

English Language Learning Workshop: Paraphrasing Practice

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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Join us for a one-hour workshop on tips and strategies for paraphrasing academic texts! Participants will practice paraphrasing academic language and explore online writing support resources. Please RSVP! 

English Langauge Learners' Workshop: Avoiding Common Errors

Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:TBD
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What are the most common errors in English Language Learners' writing? Participants in this workshop will discuss frequent errors and develop editing skills to avoid them! Interested participants must RSVP. 

Monday, October 17th

English Language Learning Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This weekly English conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussions about US culture, idiomatic language, and vocabulary. Students will pick the source material during each workshop. Lunch provided!

Wednesday, October 19th

Navigating Life at Brown: English Communication Skills Workshop Series

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location:Sciences Library, Room 520
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Excited about your new life at Brown? We know you are, and we want to make sure you can enjoy everything Brown and Providence have to offer. We understand that for new international students exploration means taking some risks, and we are here to help. The Writing Center will offer a series of bi-weekly lunch workshops on English communication skills. They are designed with the needs of international students in mind, particularly those who are in the US for the first time. From everyone’s favorite food to everyone’s favorite topic sentence, from daily small talk to the hard moment when you have to say NO to a professor, finally, rounded up with an introduction to academic writing in English, this series of six workshops are designed to facilitate your entrance into US campus life. Led by English Language Learning experts, the workshops will be a safe space for you to voice, explore, and overcome your anxieties moving from one culture to another. Plus, there will be pizza! Please RSVP.

Wednesday, October 26th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Academic Presentation Skills

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location:Sciences Library, Room 520
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This 75-minute workshop will explore how to create an effective academic presentation in the US academic context. Participants will explore how use of body language, voice, and visual aids can make your audience sit up and take notice! Interested participants must sign up as space is limited.

Wednesday, November 2nd

Navigating Life at Brown: English Communication Skills Workshop Series

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location:Sciences Library, Room 520
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Excited about your new life at Brown? We know you are, and we want to make sure you can enjoy everything Brown and Providence have to offer. We understand that for new international students exploration means taking some risks, and we are here to help. The Writing Center will offer a series of bi-weekly lunch workshops on English communication skills. They are designed with the needs of international students in mind, particularly those who are in the US for the first time. From everyone’s favorite food to everyone’s favorite topic sentence, from daily small talk to the hard moment when you have to say NO to a professor, finally, rounded up with an introduction to academic writing in English, this series of six workshops are designed to facilitate your entrance into US campus life. Led by English Language Learning experts, the workshops will be a safe space for you to voice, explore, and overcome your anxieties moving from one culture to another. Plus, there will be pizza! Please RSVP.

Wednesday, November 16th

Navigating Life at Brown: English Communication Skills Workshop Series

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location:Sciences Library, Room 520
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Excited about your new life at Brown? We know you are, and we want to make sure you can enjoy everything Brown and Providence have to offer. We understand that for new international students exploration means taking some risks, and we are here to help. The Writing Center will offer a series of bi-weekly lunch workshops on English communication skills. They are designed with the needs of international students in mind, particularly those who are in the US for the first time. From everyone’s favorite food to everyone’s favorite topic sentence, from daily small talk to the hard moment when you have to say NO to a professor, finally, rounded up with an introduction to academic writing in English, this series of six workshops are designed to facilitate your entrance into US campus life. Led by English Language Learning experts, the workshops will be a safe space for you to voice, explore, and overcome your anxieties moving from one culture to another. Plus, there will be pizza! Please RSVP.

Wednesday, November 30th

Navigating Life at Brown: English Communication Skills Workshop Series

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location:Sciences Library, Room 520
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Excited about your new life at Brown? We know you are, and we want to make sure you can enjoy everything Brown and Providence have to offer. We understand that for new international students exploration means taking some risks, and we are here to help. The Writing Center will offer a series of bi-weekly lunch workshops on English communication skills. They are designed with the needs of international students in mind, particularly those who are in the US for the first time. From everyone’s favorite food to everyone’s favorite topic sentence, from daily small talk to the hard moment when you have to say NO to a professor, finally, rounded up with an introduction to academic writing in English, this series of six workshops are designed to facilitate your entrance into US campus life. Led by English Language Learning experts, the workshops will be a safe space for you to voice, explore, and overcome your anxieties moving from one culture to another. Plus, there will be pizza! Please RSVP.