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Grammar, Vocabulary, and Citation Workshops

We offer workshops during the semester to address important issues related to writing for international students, as well as grammar, citation, and other topics. Please note that workshops are open to international and IELP students only unless otherwise specified.  All workshops will be held in room 201D in the Writing Center. Students interested in participating in one of the workshops listed below should complete the workshop registration form.

If you’re a faculty or staff member and you’d like to schedule a workshop for English language learners in a particular group or class, please complete the In-Class Workshop Request form. If you have questions about in-class workshops, please contact Elisabeth Ursell at


Please note that all dates and times are subject to change. For the most up to date schedule, please click on the registration form above.

January Workshops

Grammar Refresher of the Month: Articles

Wednesday, January 29th, 1-2PM

Did you eat the chicken or did you eat chicken? Are you going to buy a new hat or the new hat? What’s the difference?

Start the New Year off right by brushing up on articles. We will talk about some tricky situations for using a, an, and the, as well as quantifiers, such as much, many, and few.

February Workshops

Citation Workshop:  MLA and APA

Thursday, February 6th, 3-5PM

Why do we cite? When do we need to cite? In this two-hour workshop, we will explore when we use citations, give an introduction to MLA and APA citation, and provide online tools that can be used for citation.  We’ll also talk about paraphrasing academic texts.

Prepositions and Phrasal Verbs: Part I

Wednesday, February 12th, 12-1:30PM

Figure out some of the most confusing phrasal verbs in English. What’s the difference between count on, count off, and count down? Learn some of the most frequently used phrasal verbs, and some tips for studying them.

Prepositions and Phrasal Verbs: Part II

Wednesday, February 19th, 12-1:30PM

In the continuation of this two-part workshop, we will discuss the following:

  • When do we use prepositions?
  • How do prepositions differ from phrasal verbs?
  • How can I use prepositional phrases in academic writing?

March Workshops

Grammar Refresher of the Month: Metaphor Madness

Thursday, March 13th, 1-2PM

Many Americans follow March Madness, but in this workshop, we’ll be talking about metaphors! How can we use metaphorical language in our writing? How can we recognize metaphors in course readings? We’ll look at a few text excerpts and interpret the language in each one, then attempt to use our own metaphors in a brief writing exercise.

Slang and Idioms

Wednesday, March 19, 1:00-2:00PM

Many of the phrases that English speakers use every day don’t follow typical grammar rules.  Come learn more about the most popular phrases we use in casual conversation, ranging from “whatchu doin?” to “I’m heading out.”  Don’t miss out on this great discussion!

April Workshops

Confusing Words

Tuesday, April 15th, 1-2:00PM

In this workshop, we will review words that are frequently misused in writing. What is the difference between “irregardless” and “regardless”? Other topics will include:

  • Who vs. whom
  • i.e. vs. e.g.
  • Easily confused homophones
  • Misused adverbs: literally, figuratively, etc.

Timed Writing Assignments

Thursday, April 24th, 3-4PM

This hour-long workshop will provide strategies for how to excel at timed writing assignments, especially in the context of a final exam.  Learn about time management, pre-writing strategies, and study tips.