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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
April 20, 2014
Canadian Excellence


For TAs/Graduate Students - page updated April 10, 2014

Many of these workshops contribute towards the requirements of the University Teaching Certificate.

Rocking the Research Presentation

Presenting at conferences is a critical skill for a career in academe or industry. By attending this workshop, you will be able to:  

  • articulate the relevance of your research;
  • address the needs of mixed audiences at your presentations;
  • develop an awareness of the appropriate language to use in your presentations;
  • use analogies to increase audience comprehension; and
  • ... more!!!   

     Waterloo Campus         
     Monday, March 10, 2014 
     3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  
     Location: Library Learning Lab

     Kitchener Campus  
     Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
     1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
     Location TBA


Supporting Students in Intercultural Group Work

The most successful projects are created when people from different cultural backgrounds collaborate.  For intercultural group work to be successful, participants need to know about ways to tap into everybody's talents.  This one-hour session will introduce SBE Teaching Assistants to some basics of intercultural communication and group work to help you support your students -- and also to prepare you for the multicultural workforce.

Dates for 2014/2015 to be announced 

Communicating in the Internationalized Classroom – 14 hours   

Today's teaching assistants and graduate students are guaranteed to work with students, supervisors, or colleagues from different cultures.  Developing intercultural communication competencies is core to success.  In this 14-hour workshop, participants will develop an understanding of key factors in intercultural experiences, intercultural communication, and intercultural academics.  By participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • recognize elements of intercultural experiences that affect relationships and work outcomes;
  • consider how intercultural dimensions affect communication; &
  • work more effectively in discussions, meetings, and group work.

DATES:        May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays) 
TIME:           3:30 - 5:30 p.m.  
LOCATION:   To be announced


Teaching in the Canadian Classroom – 20 hours   

Today’s university classrooms contain students from all over the world.  Academic expectations vary across cultures, institutions, and disciplines.  In this 20-hour workshop, teaching assistants and graduate students learn to teach more effectively and equitably.  By participating in this workshop, you will be able to:   

  • enhance your instructional skills, teaching communication, and ability to respond to student questions;
  • teach more inclusively; and
  • acquire strategies for delivering and accepting constructive feedback on teaching and presentations.
Workshop activities include teaching for 10 minutes on a topic in your discipline and responding to questions from your audience.  
Communication in the Internationalized Classroom is recommended before taking this workshop.
DATES:         June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays) 
TIME:           3:30 - 5:30 p.m.  
LOCATION:   To be announced

Contention & Conflict in Academia – 20 hours  

Whether you are communicating with your supervisor, your peers, or your students, the interpersonal and linguistic skills required to manage contentious discussions and conflict are crucial to success.  Workshop activities will include teaching about a controversial topic, managing a classroom discussion, and engaging in role plays to resolve conflict. By attending this workshop, you will be able to:
  • teach and manage a classroom discussion with greater confidence;
  • participate in and observe the dynamics of classroom discussions with greater confidence;
  • recognize the causes of conflict and engage more productively in conflict resolution.
Participation in Communication in the Internationalized Classroom (as described above) prior to taking this workshop is highly recommended.
Registration is limited to 16 students.


The Language of Self-Promotion in Academia & Industry – 6 hours  

Central to success in job interviews is the ability to sell yourself – to engage in the fine art of self-promotion. Being able to promote yourself involves highlighting your accomplishments, articulating your strengths, and convincing your interviewer that you are the person for the job. All of this requires very specific language, which you will learn in this workshop.  By attending this workshop, you will be able to:  

  • articulate your strengths;
  • highlight your accomplishments;
  • weave your life experiences appropriately into your interviews. 

Workshop dates to be announced. 

Keeping Relationships on the Rails:  Expectations between Supervisors and Graduate Students - 2 hours

The supervisor/graduate student relationship is key to success in graduate school -- and sometimes well into your career.  Differing expectations between supervisors and students can derail this relationship … but proactive discussions about expectations can help prevent misunderstandings.  This workshop will introduce graduate students to the Interest Based Approach to Setting Expectations.  By attending this workshop, you will be able to:

  • articulate how setting expectations can help reduce/prevent conflict;
  • develop strategies for initiating conversations surrounding expectations; and
  • engage in conversations to clarify expectations. 

Workshop dates to be announced.