*NEW* UCAR ESL Writing Workshop: Lessons in Clear and Effective Writing - Mastering Compounds, Hyphens, and Dashes Creating Coherent and Powerful Paragraphs
9:00am-12:00 noon, Monday, 20 May 2013, FL2, Room 1003
by Alice Levine, Alice Levine Editorial Services www.alicelevine-editorial.com
Is it bandwidth or band width? Should we hyphenate beamwidth and low frequency? Our first goal in this session will be to identify closed, open, and hyphenated compounds and learn how to handle compound nouns, compound adjectives, compound adverbs, prefixes, and suffixes. We’ll explore the use of hyphens, en-dashes, and em-dashes to clarify meaning.
Our second goal is to examine how we construct paragraphs. Many of us begin a new paragraph simply by pressing the indent key, but that the approach is unlikely to result in an effective and coherent unit of thought. Paragraphs are like paper chains; each link holds one idea to the next one. Without a sturdy chain, a paragraph falls apart. We will analyze weak paragraphs and learn how to transform them into successful transmitters of our message.
If you would to submit questions and text samples on these two topics, please send them to Alice Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 14, so she can address them in the session.
To be sure that there are enough handouts for all participants, please email Jielun Sun (email@example.com) if you plan to participate in this workshop.
TableTalk is a low-pressure way to practice English conversational skills, to form relationships with each other and with native speakers of English, and to have a good time. If English is your first language, come join us to get to know more of your colleagues from abroad.
Currently, we have focused discussions about American cultures, and we will recruit some professionals in local area to talk with us. By organizing these focused table talks, we hope participants can gain professional knowledge and vocabularies in different professional areas during this one hour program. Experts agree on that people need broader knowledge to build a good life, and a better career. See you in the Table Talk.
We meet from 12-1 p.m. in the Foothills Cafeteria Atrium. Look for the TableTalk sign. We usually meet on the first Tuesday of a month. Check the ESL calendar for our next meeting. Reminders are also posted in the Today@UCAR Calendar.
For more information, contact Charlie Krinsky .
ESL Writing/Presentation Clinics & Events
We meet regularly for brown-bag lunches and special workshops to improve presentation and writing skills in a casual, supportive environment. We also arrange lectures on pronunciation and other subjects as opportunities and requests arise.
Please email Jielun Sun (mailto:%firstname.lastname@example.org) with suggested topics.
Missed an event?
Catch up via the Presentations & Events Archive, where you can download the slides or watch a webcast of past writing & presentation clinics.
Cultural and Language Groups
From time to time, we sponsor lunchtime groups for those interested in a particular culture or language. Maintain foreign language skills, prepare for travel abroad, or learn more about a culture and multicultural potluck events .
Let us know your interests by contacting Jielun Sun (mailto: email@example.com).
The UCAR ESL Group Steering Committee
Huaqing Cai, Charlie Krinsky, Jielun Sun, Leiwen Jiang, Qian Wu, Daniel Packman, and Liangying Zhang
ESL Email Access
Let us hear from you about your language needs and interests. And if you find any information on this site that is outdated, please let us know.
ESL Resource Pages
We maintain an extensive list of resources to assist you with.
- Clear Talk Mastery on YouTube
- Books, Articles and Websites
- Poster Presentations
- Oral Presentation Skills
- Local ESL classes
Phonetics: The Sounds of Spoken Languages (University of Iowa). An online audiovisual guide to spoken American English as well as German and Spanish.
For individual coaching, contact Mary Golden to set up an appointment.