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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
October 23, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

For English Language Learners/International Students



Collaborating Across Cultures:  Intercultural Communication and Group Work

The most successful collaborations do not happen when everybody shares the same cultural background -- they take place when people from multiple cultures engage in group work.  For intercultural group work to be successful, participants need to know about learning styles, culturally different approaches to feedback, and ways to tap into everybody's talents.  This two-hour session will introduce students to some basics of intercultural communication and group work.

Sunday, January 26th - 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Location:  Library Learning Lab

Register here: https://www.wlu.ca/forms_detail.php?grp_id=13502&frm_id=3501

Using Language Resources to Develop & Refine Your Academic Language
Students need to develop their overall academic language in order for their writing and speech to reflect their level of education.  This module familiarizes – or reacquaints – students with language resources which can help them to develop their language. 

Sunday, January 26th - 3:00 - 5:00

Location:  Library Learning Lab

Register here: https://www.wlu.ca/forms_detail.php?grp_id=13502&frm_id=3500

 

The following modules are available on the Documents page of this website and through MyHelpSpace in MyLearningSpace.  If you have any questions related to these modules, please do not hesitate to contact Nadine LeGros at nlegros@wlu.ca . 



We Gotta Read How Many Pages!?   
Weekly readings of over 100 pages can seem like an enormous task.  And it isn’t enough just to finish the readings – you also have to understand what you have read.  The key to reading vast amounts of material is being able to read strategically and economically – using techniques to enhance your comprehension of the material.

Communicating Professionally on Campus
Establishing and maintaining good, respectful, and productive relationships with faculty is important for students.  Therefore, it is critical that students’ e-mail communication be polite and professional – and that it contain the information that faculty need in order to respond effectively.  In this module, students will learn to consider what components to include in their e-mails in order to achieve the outcomes they seek. 

Precision and Polish:  Using Language Resources to Develop & Refine Your Academic Language
Students need to develop their overall academic language in order for their writing and speech to reflect their level of education.  This module familiarizes – or reacquaints – students with language resources which can help them to develop their language. 

Who Moved the Goal Posts!?  Succeeding in Canadian Academia
When you go to university in a different country from where you went to high school, you’re not just studying in a new language – you’re studying in an entirely different academic culture.  Without knowledge of what the expectations are – or where the goal posts are – it’s difficult to succeed.  This module introduces students who were educated outside of Canada to some of the expectations of the Canadian classroom.

Communicating with the Business Community
Being outgoing and proactive is a good thing in business – but when is it overstepping to contact somebody in the community?  This module helps business students know when it is appropriate to contact individuals in the business community as part of their assignments – and when it is not appropriate to do so.