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Designing Your Postdoc

In this session, you'll have an opportunity to apply design thinking to your postdoctoral training and reflect on who you are, where you are going, and how you can get there.

You'll identify resources and plan to apply them to your training in the right place at the right time. The work we do together will support a thoughtful and balanced individual development plan.

Professional & Academic Writing Summer

II: Professional & Academic Writing

Prerequisite: Oral Communication

Summer Session: Wednesdays, June 24-July 29, 9:00am-11:00am

This  course on academic writing for publication focuses on learning to write coherently, clearly, and concisely. It will also include some practice in writing effective emails, letters, and short proposals. The course includes two 30-minute individual tutorials with the instructor.

Accent Reduction Summer

IV. Accent Reduction

Prerequisite: Oral Communication

Summer Session: Thursdays, June 25 - July 30, 1:00pm-3:00pm

This class helps non-native speakers to recognize and practice American English sounds, stress, and intonation patterns in order to improve comprehension and intelligibility. This is accomplished through identification of problem areas, focused practice and recording of exercises for instructor feedback.

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Oral Communication Summer

I: Oral Communication

Summer Session: Monday, June 15 - Thursday, June 18, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Attendance is required ALL 4 Days

This course focuses on helping students improve their oral communication skills for academic and daily life. Emphasis is on increasing confidence and fluency through realistic activities both in and out of class covering pronunciation, idiom and slang usage, active listening skills, and conversation strategies.

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Accent Reduction Spring - CANCELED

IV. Accent Reduction

Prerequisite: Oral Communication (not eligible to apply for Accent Reduction unless you've completed Oral Communication)

Spring Session: Thursdays, April 9 - May 14, 5:00pm-7:00pm

This class helps non-native speakers to recognize and practice American English sounds, stress, and intonation patterns in order to improve comprehension and intelligibility. This is accomplished through identification of problem areas, focused practice and recording of exercises for instructor feedback.

Oral Communication Spring B - CANCELED

**IMPORTAND NOTICE: In light of recent COVID-19 developments and the university’s guidance around social distancing, we have reviewed our upcoming program offerings and determined this course is not suitable for the Zoom format. For this reason, this course has been canceled. Thank you for your understanding.

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I: Oral Communication

Spring Session B: Tuesdays, May 5 - June 2, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Oral Communication Spring A - CANCELED

**IMPORTAND NOTICE: In light of recent COVID-19 developments and the university’s guidance around social distancing, we have reviewed our upcoming program offerings and determined this course is not suitable for the Zoom format. For this reason, this course has been canceled. Thank you for your understanding.

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I: Oral Communication

Spring Session A: Tuesdays, March 31 - April 28, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Accent Reduction Winter

IV. Accent Reduction

Prerequisite: Oral Communication

Winter Session: Thursdays, February 13 - March 19, 5:00pm-7:00pm

This class helps non-native speakers to recognize and practice American English sounds, stress, and intonation patterns in order to improve comprehension and intelligibility. This is accomplished through identification of problem areas, focused practice and recording of exercises for instructor feedback.

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Oral Communication Winter

I: Oral Communication

Winter Session: Thursdays, January 9 - February 6, 5:00pm-7:00pm

This course focuses on helping students improve their oral communication skills for academic and daily life. Emphasis is on increasing confidence and fluency through realistic activities both in and out of class covering pronunciation, idiom and slang usage, active listening skills, and conversation strategies.

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