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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
November 28, 2015
Canadian Excellence

For TAs/Graduate Students - page updated May 8, 2015

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

Managing and Engaging in Difficult Discussions – 20 hours  

Whether you are communicating with your supervisor, your peers, or your students, the interpersonal and linguistic skills required to manage difficult discussions 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  prior to taking this workshop is highly recommended.
Registration is limited to 16 students.

DATES:               Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, June 2nd - June 23rd
TIME:                 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  

LOCATION:       To be announced

Communication in the Internationalized Classroom -- 14 hours

We all have different backgrounds, and our expectations surrounding communication are influenced by many factors in our backgrounds and life experiences. These expectations will influence how we perceive and engage in situations such as discussions, delivering/receiving feedback, and resolving disagreements. In this 14-hour workshop, participants will develop their abilities to examine interpersonal, academic, and professional situations from an intercultural perspective. BY participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • identify your own expectations in communication;
  • recognize dimensions in intercultural communication to improve communication, relationships, and work outcomes;
  • and work more effectively with students, classmates, colleagues, and supervisors.
DATES:               Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 & October 1