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Do I have dyslexia?

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Today, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 1 Nov 2017, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsFullFind out more
Tue 7 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Wed 15 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsFullFind out more
Thu 23 Nov 2017, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsFullFind out more

This workshop will focus on students who think they might have dyslexia. We will introduce you to the strategies and support might be available at the University of Manchester and go over the process we follow to test for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. As part of the workshop, we will introduce you to text-to-speech and other assistive software and go over mind-mapping as a way to help with writing assignments. Please arrive at the session five minutes early to allow time to log onto the laptops.

Please dont book onto this workshop If you have English as an Additional Language and are studying on a course with the University Language Centre to improve your English skills before starting on another programme of study. Instead, please call the Disability Advisory and Support Service on 0161 275 7512 and book a Quick Query appointment with an advisor.

Converting anxiety and withdrawal into academic performance

Today, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you find yourself immobilised by anxiety and avoiding work or social engagements; this workshop may help you. We will work towards helping you remobilise, take action and engage with your studies, fellow students and tutors, which could lead to greater academic and social success

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Critical reading: getting the most out of your reading

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Today, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 2 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 14 Nov 2017, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 29 Nov 2017, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

In this workshop, you will go over key skills for effective critical reading. You will learn and practise techniques to help you identify key points and main ideas and gain an understanding about what is required to read critically. There will also be opportunities to discuss strategies for making connections between different articles, journals or other materials in order to aid understanding. Feel free to bring your own reading assignments to use during the session.

Your literature review: getting started

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Tomorrow, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 22 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session is ideal if you are preparing to work on a project, dissertation or extended essay where a literature review component is required. The session will give you an understanding of the purpose and importance of the literature review as a piece of work. You will also have the opportunity to build a timeline of further activity in order to enable you to prepare to write your literature review.

Beginners' reference management with EndNote

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Tomorrow, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 30 Oct 2017, 11:00 - 12:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 15 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This hands-on session will introduce you to the EndNote reference management software, a tool to help with managing your references and creating citations and bibliographies in different formats. The workshop will help to get you started using EndNote to manage references, annotate the PDFs of articles attached to your reference data and to generate bibliographies in over 5000 different styles.

Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Tomorrow, 14:30 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 8 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 13 Nov 2017, 10:30 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 23 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This workshop will focus on the skills and techniques needed to plan, structure and write an effective essay. During the workshop you will discover different techniques you can use to structure each of the key sections within an essay. You will participate in a number of activities that will help you to develop your academic writing skills and write more efficiently and effectively.

Mindfulness for concentration

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Tomorrow, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 31 Oct 2017, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 7 Nov 2017, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 14 Nov 2017, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 21 Nov 2017, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 28 Nov 2017, 16:15 - 17:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Do you find it difficult to concentrate? Do you struggle with racing thoughts and often feel anxious or overwhelmed? This workshop, run by The University of Manchester Counselling Service, will cover a variety of practical, simple techniques to help still the mind and reduce anxiety. It will introduce you to mindfulness practice; a type of meditation which turns your attention towards what is happening in the present moment and allows you to take a step back from your anxious thoughts. This technique has been proven to be very effective in managing chronic stress and anxiety as well as pain and illness.

Proofreading: the final stage before submission

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 25 Oct 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 14 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Do you find yourself losing marks for referencing, spelling or grammar? This session will highlight how proofreading a written piece of work to a high standard will improve your marks and increase your academic success. You will work with others to define the term proofreading and understand its place in the process of academic writing. Finally, you will get the chance to put what you have learnt into practice, working together as a group to effectively proofread a sample piece of work.

Managing academic stress

Wed 25 Oct 2017, 13:00 - 14:30

Feeling stressed due to the amount of academic workload you bear? Do not worry, you are not alone! Although a certain amount of nervous tension will help you to perform to the best of your ability, producing a rush of adrenaline that helps you to focus, if your nerves become extreme they can have the opposite effect. This workshop is designed to help you to manage your anxious feelings during the semester, as these feelings can block your thoughts, create a negative frame of mind and lead you to panic.

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Successful searching

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 25 Oct 2017, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 14 Nov 2017, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session is a workshop to help you think about the basics when searching for information relating to an assignment topic. You will learn a number of different steps which can be taken in order to help refine your results and pinpoint relevant information and resources as quickly as possible. Interactive exercises will give you practical experience of structuring a comprehensive search and help you to develop your own strategies for searching by working through common difficulties.

Academic writing for exams

Thu 26 Oct 2017, 11:00 - 12:30

This workshop will focus on the skills and techniques needed to prepare for and write in exam conditions. During this workshop you will identify the similarities and differences between writing for assignments and writing in exams in order to generate a strategy for approaching exam questions. You will work with others to break down exam questions using techniques that will enable you to plan and structure your answers with success. You will also discuss methods to help you to work within time constraints, which will boost your confidence when taking exams.

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Academic writing: referencing in your writing

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Fri 27 Oct 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 2 Nov 2017, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 16 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 28 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This workshop will focus on effectively referencing sources in your writing. We will look at different ways to incorporate sources including: quotation, summarising and citation. We will also discuss what is appropriate for each method and how to smoothly integrate references into your own writing while simultaneously giving clarity to your own opinion and voice.

Datastream

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Mon 30 Oct 2017, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 10 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Thomson Reuters Datastream is a key resource for researchers who need to gather large amounts of quantitative company and financial markets data. We will walk you through these steps:

1] Create basic types of data request (static and time series).

2] Lookup equities and data items available using the Datastream Navigator.

3] Use Datastreams Excel Add-In to create portfolio lists and retrieve data.

The session lasts for 1 hour. Please email uml.bds@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions and put MLE workshops in the subject line.

How to write an effective introduction

Mon 30 Oct 2017, 14:00 - 15:30

Writing an introduction can be tricky. A good introduction should be concise, brief and engaging, providing the reader with an overview of the topic. At this workshop you will hear about how to write and structure an effective introduction and discuss the different elements which can be included. At the end, you will also have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have related to introductions.

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Critical analysis: generating questions using primary sources

Tue 31 Oct 2017, 11:00 - 12:30

Primary sources are the building blocks of knowledge; they are the raw data from which scholars draw and develop ideas. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with artefacts from the University of Manchester's world-leading Special Collections. It will equip you with strategies for critically evaluating and analysing a range of primary sources including rare books, letters, photographs and maps whether for your own research or for understanding wider society.

You will be encouraged to think critically about primary sources to determine their accuracy and limitations and to consider how they can enhance and extend your own learning. The skills covered are transferable and can be applied to any learning situation involving evaluation, analysis and interpretation of data therefore, this workshop will be of interest to those developing their own research project or more widely, those interested in how information is analysed, evaluated and interpreted.

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Manage your time: make the most of it!

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Tue 31 Oct 2017, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 16 Nov 2017, 14:00 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

In this workshop you will evaluate how you currently manage your time and identify areas for improvement. You will learn how to prioritize different commitments and understand the need to re-prioritize when necessary. You will work with others to discuss common challenges faced when trying to manage your time and will have the opportunity to work on developing an approach to time management that suits your needs and preferences.

Beginners' reference management with EndNote online

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Tue 31 Oct 2017, 13:00 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 23 Nov 2017, 11:30 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

EndNote online is the web-based version of the EndNote reference management software. Freely available on the Internet, you can register as a University of Manchester user via the Web of Knowledge database to get access to the full functionality of this resource which you can use to keep track of your reading, share your references with others and create citations and bibliographies in the appropriate format and style. This workshop will introduce you to the software and help you to start using this valuable referencing tool.

What makes a journal article credible

Tue 31 Oct 2017, 15:00 - 16:00

Are you unsure what journal articles are? Have you had some feedback to indicate that you should be including better quality literature in your assignments? Then this workshop is for you. In this workshop you will determine the key components of a journal article, building a list of criteria which will then enable you to effectively assess the credibility of an article. Applying this strategy to your University work will add strength to your arguments.

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Note-taking: record, review, reflect

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 1 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 15 Nov 2017, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 30 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This workshop will help you to develop a more efficient approach to note-taking. In the session you will hear about strategies that will help you to be more critical and purposeful when assessing and recording information. You will get the chance to try out a range of note-taking techniques and develop strategies that suit you. Finally, you will learn how to develop your critical analysis skills and deepen your understanding by returning to your notes to review and reflect on the material.

Making the most of your mind: how to revise and study more effectively

Wed 1 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:30

Have you ever got stuck when you are trying to revise and then ended up losing all motivation to continue, or kept on trying with diminishing returns for your effort? Do you end up cramming at the last minute or find that what you are trying to learn just doesn't stick? This workshop will help you to understand the learning process and the role of memory and sleep in learning. You will learn strategies to help you to complete work on time and make the best use of your willpower - that important but limited resource.

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Finding your voice

Fri 3 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you have difficulty expressing your ideas in seminars, tutorials or other situations? If so, this workshop will help you to develop resilience, take risks and express yourself more effectively.

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Researching quoted companies

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Fri 3 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 27 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This workshop acts as an introduction to ThomsonONE.com and Thomson research; both resources which can be used to research quoted companies.

At this session you will learn how to obtain company share prices, analyst reports, annual reports, accounts and fundamentals.

Reducing the stress of perfectionism

Wed 8 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you impose impossibly high standards on yourself? Standards that you can never quite reach no matter how hard you try? Are you prone to self-criticism and procrastination? If so, then do not worry because you are not alone! Come along to our workshop to learn more about the psychology of perfectionism, how it can affect you studies and the methods you can use to challenge it.

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Bloomberg introduction

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 8 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 21 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Provides an introductory guide to the use of Bloomberg. 'Bloomberg Professional' is a company/financial data and news service.

Covers: Bloomberg keyboard, searching, practical session (worksheet), business news, Excel Add-In and Help features.

Duration: 1 hour.

Please email uml.bds@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions. Please put MLE workshops in the subject line.

Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 8 Nov 2017, 15:00 - 16:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 28 Nov 2017, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This workshop will outline a strategy to help you structure an effective presentation whether it be for presenting your research, yourself (e.g. for a job interview), or your ideas. It will focus on how to frame a topic and communicate your ideas clearly, emphasizing the value of practising to improve your confidence. You will also have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice, working in groups to structure a presentation based on a fun topic which you will then present in a friendly and informal setting.

In addition to this workshop you can attend the complimentary 'Presentation skills: delivering with confidence' workshop which will concentrate on coping with nerves and developing your confidence when carrying out presentations.

Using websites and recognising bias

Thu 9 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30

In this workshop you will learn about the importance of critically evaluating information which is available via websites and other online sources. You will work with others to discuss how websites are produced for different purposes and present different information. You will create evaluation criteria to apply to websites in order to judge whether theyre appropriate to use in your work.

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Challenging unhelpful thinking habits

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Thu 9 Nov 2017, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 23 Nov 2017, 12:00 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Sometimes it is easy to find yourself falling into patterns of thinking which are unhelpful and lead to actions that are not in your best interests or the interests of others. Taking a step back from these thoughts is hard, but if you do you will notice the impact they can have on your life. These thoughts are often responsible for feelings of anxiety, low mood and other negative emotions. If you suffer from any of these feelings then come along to this workshop, run by The University of Manchester Counselling Service, and learn about methods you can use to challenge these thoughts and emotions. At this workshop you will be encouraged to identify your negative thinking habits and to consider alternative and more helpful responses to them.

Presentation skills: delivering with confidence

Thu 9 Nov 2017, 14:00 - 15:30

This session will focus on the delivery of presentations. Students will be encouraged to develop their delivery skills and to actively plan their presentation to enable them to cope better with nerves and deliver in a more confident manner. Several delivery tips and techniques will be discussed which students will have the opportunity to put into practice by planning and delivering a short, informal presentation.

Students will benefit from attending 'Presentation skills: structuring an effective presentation' in addition to this workshop. This additional workshop compliments to content of Presentation skills: delivering your presentation with confidence by outlining a strategy to assist you with achieving a good structure when presenting and how to frame a topic effectively in order to communicate it clearly.

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MLE Open Programme information workshop

Fri 10 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 12:00

This workshop is designed to give you an insight into the pedagogy and research behind the My Learning Essentials Open Training Programme. You will get the chance to see what it is like to attend one of our workshops, get involved in some activities and ask any questions you might have about the programme. Finally, you will hear more about the personal development opportunities which we can offer.

Note: Please be aware that you will not be sent an automatic calendar invitation for this workshop, so make sure you manually add this event to your own calendar.

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Beginners' reference management with Mendeley

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Fri 10 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 17 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 28 Nov 2017, 14:30 - 15:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session will introduce participants with no previous experience of using Mendeley to the advantages of using reference management software and to the key functionality of the software.

Speaking out in groups

Fri 10 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 15:00

Can't do groups? Do you dread speaking out in groups? Do seminars, lectures, tutorial groups or social gatherings fill you with dread? Then this workshop could be for you!

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Reading journal articles

Mon 13 Nov 2017, 14:00 - 15:30

Have you ever struggled to get the best out of an online journal article? Feeling overwhelmed with information you are unable to process?

This workshop will introduce you to techniques which will help you to improve the efficiency of your reading style. You will learn about everything from skimming and scanning to using knowledge of text structure to locate relevant information quickly. You will also learn new strategies for critical reading and text analysis, something which will enhance your essay writing skills.

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Managing procrastination

Wed 15 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you find it difficult to start a piece of work? Does a nagging guilt spoil your leisure time? Do you tidy your room, check emails or constantly find ways to distract yourself from your work? Do you dream about handing in that 'perfect' piece of work? Are you very self-critical about your ability to work? Do you always find yourself panicking at the last minute? Do you feel drained yet have nothing to show for it? Are you constantly stressed and worried about work? Or your lack of it? Do you feel you are letting yourself down by putting things off? If any of these questions resonate with you, come along to this workshop.You are free to attend this workshop as many times as you would like, if you cannot book on again just drop by.

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Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 15 Nov 2017, 13:15 - 13:45StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 28 Nov 2017, 13:15 - 13:45StudentsStaffFullFind out more

Provides guidance for undertaking Bloomberg Market Concepts [BMC], which is a self-paced, introductory Finance course, requiring no prior knowledge.

Bloomberg is a company/financial data and news service.

Covers: Course overview, obtaining a BMC account, format and timing, assessment and requesting a Certificate of Completion.

Note: additional individual study (about 8 to 10 hours) at a Bloomberg terminal is required to complete the course and obtain a certificate.

Duration: 30 minutes.

Please email:

Uml.bds@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions; please put MLE Workshop in the subject line.

Researching Private Companies

Thu 16 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:00

This workshop will focus on 3 databases, Fame, Amadeus and Capital IQ, which hold information on all UK companies and nearly three million companies worldwide. You will not only learn how to search and obtain company fundamentals and accounts but will create company mailing lists for your market survey or job hunt.

Duration: 1 hour.

Please email: uml.bds@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions; please put "MLE Workshops" in the subject line.

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Datastream certification

Fri 17 Nov 2017, 13:15 - 13:45

Provides guidance for undertaking the certification process. Datastream is a specialised financial database used for company/economic data research.

Covers: access to content, training modules, example searches, preparing for the examination and obtaining a certificate.

Note: additional individual study is required before undertaking the examination to qualify for a certificate.

Duration: 30 minutes.

Please email: uml.bds@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions; please put "MLE Workshops" in the subject line.

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Reflective writing: how to present your learning experience

Tue 21 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30

This workshop will assist you with developing a strategy for approaching and completing a piece of reflective writing. You will work with others to think about the way that you communicate what you have experienced and learnt in order to complete an assessed piece of work, to write the personal statement part of a job application, or to effectively present your personal development.

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Critical analysis: generating questions using primary sources

Tue 21 Nov 2017, 14:30 - 16:00

Primary sources are the building blocks of knowledge; they are the raw data from which scholars draw and develop ideas. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with artefacts from the University of Manchester's world-leading Special Collections. It will equip you with strategies for critically evaluating and analysing a range of primary sources including rare books, letters, photographs and maps whether for your own research or for understanding wider society.

You will be encouraged to think critically about primary sources to determine their accuracy and limitations and to consider how they can enhance and extend your own learning. The skills covered are transferable and can be applied to any learning situation involving evaluation, analysis and interpretation of data therefore, this workshop will be of interest to those developing their own research project or more widely, those interested in how information is analysed, evaluated and interpreted.

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Finding Motivation

Wed 22 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to attend lectures or complete your work? Have you lost sight of why you chose to do your course in the first place? Does it always seem easier to do anything else except your academic work? If so, then come along to the Finding Motivation workshop to seek understanding of why you lack motivation and discover strategies to help you break these habits.

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Effective communication

Fri 24 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:30

Do you struggle to communicate effectively with your peers and/or your tutor? This workshop will introduce you to a simple theory of effective communication and help you to achieve the following:

  • Identify and analyse your patterns of interaction and understand the consequences they might have.
  • Improve your understanding of how you can influence the way others approach and respond to you and your actions.
  • Develop strategies for dealing with others which will help you improve your relationships.
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Researching Mergers and Acquisitions Deals

Fri 24 Nov 2017, 13:00 - 14:00

This practical workshop will introduce you to the key resources on M&A deals. It guides you through Thomson ONE.com's Deals module where you will find trends in the global M&A market and league tables. You will also get the chance to develop your ability to obtain detailed information on M&A deals and configure your own report output.

Please email: uml.bds@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions; please put "MLE Workshops" in the subject line.

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Academic writing for exams

Tue 28 Nov 2017, 14:30 - 16:00

This workshop will focus on the skills and techniques needed to prepare for and write in exam conditions. During this workshop you will identify the similarities and differences between writing for assignments and writing in exams in order to generate a strategy for approaching exam questions. You will work with others to break down exam questions using techniques that will enable you to plan and structure your answers with success. You will also discuss methods to help you to work within time constraints, which will boost your confidence when taking exams.

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Academic presentations in a second language

Wed 29 Nov 2017, 10:00 - 11:30

This short workshop will focus on some of the strategies that can help you to give effective academic presentations in a language which is not your own. Although the workshop will be most useful to students whose first language is not English, the strategies involved will have general applicability. Areas that will be covered include:

  • Useful phrases
  • Signposting
  • Key words
  • Pronunciation
  • Timing
  • Visual support
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