Study Groups and Drop-in Sessions
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Learning is an experience. Everything else is just information.
- Albert Einstein
Our Study Groups and Drop-in Sessions are designed for UMD students and scholars whose first language is not English. They are free, not for credit, and taught by the Writers' Workshop's ESL specialist. We meet in KAML 213 on the second floor of the library behind the Writers’ Workshop.
These groups will help you become a better writer and more proficient at English overall, which will benefit you across all subject areas. If you have a suggestion for a topic or study group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to accommodate your request as time permits.
Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
|Academic Writing: We will study advanced academic writing skills such as verbs choice, reporting verbs, verb tenses in literature reviews and research papers, and establishing and occupying a research niche.||September 18, 25, & October 2|
|Writing With Sources: UMD librarian Kim Pittman will show us how to effectively find quality sources. We will also learn strategies for reading and note-taking, practice summarizing and paraphrasing, and study quotations and citations.||October 9, 16, & 23|
|GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and PCAT Preparation: We will unpack the expectations for the Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Critical Reading, and Sentence Correction sections that are specific to each exam.||October 30, November 6, & 13|
|Speaking & Pronunciation: This long-standing study group is looking forward to adding new members! We usually begin with pronunciation exercises such as minimal pairs or linking. We also talk about American expressions and idioms, and we dedicate most of our time to conversations and discussions.|
Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., ongoing
|Topics Addressed||Wednesdays, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.||Thursdays, 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.|
|Advanced Article Usage, Includes Articles for Geographic Locations||September 19||September 20|
|Verb Tenses I: General Review||September 26||September 27|
|Verb Tenses II: Choosing Verb Tenses in Literature Reviews||October 3||October 4|
|Formatting a Paper: Layout, Headers, Running Head in APA||October 10||October 11|
|Structuring a Paper: Topic Statement or Thesis, Effective Sentence and Essay Structures||October 17||October 18|
|Students’ Questions, Catch-up||October 24||Fall Break|
|Commas, Commas, Commas||October 31||November 1|
|Citations I: MLA, APA, Citation Makers, Plagiarism||November 7||November 8|
|Citations II: In-text Citations, Quotation Marks||November 14||November 15|
|Conjunctions & Transition Signals: Paired Conjunctions, Advanced Tips, and Special Cases||November 21||Thanksgiving|
|Prepositions I: General Review, Hanging Prepositions Tips||November 28||November 29|
|Prepositions II: Prepositional and Phrasal Verbs||December 5||December 6|
"I really enjoyed to attend all learning topics in English class. One of my favorite activities was to argue a popular issue as part of a debate.""Thank you for providing such a friendly and enjoyable learning process. It was great and effective!""It is a very useful class on English grammar, showing in detail how to use English correctly in every specific context.""It is very helpful to students."