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Students must attend all meetings of the workshops.
Sign up in BH 408 or call (818) 677-2033 to enroll.

WORKSHOP ONE: Practical Writing Skills (Emphasis on Non-Native Speakers), 6 Weeks

Session ONE: MW, Feb. 4 to Mar. 13, 2:30-3:45, BH 416 with Joanne Martin
Session TWO: TR, Feb. 19 to Mar. 28, 3:00-415, BH 416 with Elizabeth Jurgensen
Session THREE: TR, Mar. 19 to Apr. 25, 1:00-2:15, BH 302 with Andrea Hernandez

"Practical Writing Skills" is a workshop designed specifically for non-native speakers of English seeking to improve their college-level writing skills. Students will learn to recognize assignment requiremnts, organize their writing into the appropriate format, and use an American academic style and tone. The workshop will also focus on sentence and paragraph structure, word choice, vocabulary, and common grammatical errors. Participants are encouraged to bring their University writing assignments to the workshop in order to practice their new skills.

WORKSHOP TWO: Sentence Patterns and Punctuation, 2 Weeks

Session ONE: F, Feb. 8 to Mar. 1, 1:30-2:30, BH 416 with Dr. Anne Kellenberger
Session TWO: MW, Mar. 18 to Mar. 27, 10:30-11:45, BH 302 with Naomi Carrington
Session THREE: MW, Apr. 15 to Apr. 24, N/A, BH 416 with Vilma Villela

If you want to improve your sentence structure, write with more variety and clarity, and review the rules of punctuation, sign up for this workshop. We will review: basic sentence structure (avoiding fragments and run-ons), sentence variety and style, use of articles (a, an, the) and appropriate verb tenses, and punctuation. Students can bring writing assignments from their University classes to work on together.

WORKSHOP THREE: Integrating and Citing Research, 2 Weeks

Session ONE (APA): TR, Mar. 5 to Mar. 14, 2:00-3:15, BH 419 with Eric Dinsmore
Session TWO (MLA): TR, Mar. 19 to Mar. 28, 2:00-3:15, BH 419 with Trista Payte
Session Three (APA): MW, Apr. 16 to Apr. 25, 1:00-2:15, BH 419 with Ken Cran

You've done the reading and research for your paper, but are not sure how to put it all together. This workshop will teach you how to support your own ideas with your research sources, how to integrate paraphrases and quotes into your prose, when and how to cite correctly in MLA and APA format, and how to construct and format your bibliography page. You will be introduced to useful resources, such as CSUN's library website, which will help you format your paper according to your major's requirements. Students are encouraged to bring in current assignments.

WORKSHOP FOUR: Academic Reading and Vocabulary, 2 Weeks

Session ONE: F, Mar. 8 to Mar. 22, 11:15-12:30, BH 416 with Rosie Gabrielyan

If you find college-level reading is often lengthy, complex, and difficult to understand, the Academic Reading workshop will help you apply specific strategies to improve your reading comprehension. We will discuss annotation techniques as well as how to summarize, analyze, and critically respond to academic tests. A component of this workshop will focus on expanding your academic vocabulary. The reading skills you learn in this workshop can be applied to any field or major.

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