Clarity & Confidence

Language learning involves more than just mastering grammar and pronunciation. In order to use language effectively, we must understand how appropriate tone and wording varies in different social contexts. This concept of ‘pragmatics’ is often not taught in the classroom, so learners must rely on their native strategies that sometimes do not transfer well into English and American culture. This workshop is designed to give students some basic tools to identify, repair, and negotiate miscommunication caused by cultural differences. Workshop participants will learn cultural norms that govern the use of the English language, and how to repair mismatches that might arise. They will get hands on practice though the use of role-plays and feedback from the instructors.
Topics Covered:

Understanding Behavioral Contexts

Idiomatic Phrases

Listening Skills

Clarity Improvement Exercises

 

FALL 2014 sessions:

Monday, September 29th, 6pm-8pm, at SACC, NVC 2-116, with Speech Consultants Tristan Thorne and Lauren Wyner.

Tuesday, October 28th, 6pm-8pm, at SACC, NVC 2-116, with Speech Consultants Tristan Thorne and Lauren Wyner.

Friday, November 21st, 10:00am-12:00pm, NVC 4-120, with Speech Consultants Tristan Thorne and Lauren Wyner.
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