Workshop Series

ELSO offers workshops on a range of topics related to writing and speaking available to all multilingual domestic and international graduate and professional students. These workshops are not credit-bearing but do require registration. There is no fee. Students may choose to register for only one or two workshops or may register for the full set.

Questions about ELSO Workshops may be sent to the ELSO email account.

Spring 2023 Workshop Series

In spring 2023, ELSO workshops will take place on Friday afternoons from 1:30-3:00 pm EST. All workshops will be held in person in Caldwell Hall room 250.

Workshop Registration

To register for an ELSO Workshop, click here. This link will take you to the platform we use for workshop and tutoring appointment registration (MyWCOnline). The first time you visit this site, you will need to create a username and password. Once you log in, select "ELSO Workshops Spring 2023" from the drop-down menu at the top of the screen and follow the instructions for registering for specific workshops.

February 3: Writing Cover Letters

A cover letter is usually a one- to two-page document that introduces you for a position (e.g., a job, a fellow, a student in a doctoral program). It is a personal document that commonly explains who you are and why you’re a good fit. Usually, it follows accepted patterns, so it can easily be read and understood. This workshop will help you investigate the contents and structure of a cover letter, so you may more confidently write and/or assess yours. 

February 17: Strategies for Participating in Class Discussions

Do you find it difficult to jump in and contribute to discussions in your classes? In this workshop, you will learn and try out strategies for entering a discussion, taking turns, and becoming an active participant. Come ready to speak in this interactive workshop.


March 3: Preparing for Interviews

Interviews are often the final step for getting a job or a position in a program (e.g., fellowship, doctoral). This workshop will give you strategies for preparing for them and a chance to explore some common themes of questions. You will also have the opportunity to practice with your peers. 

March 24: How to Critically Review a Paper

Critically reviewing papers is an essential skill during graduate school. Graduate students may be asked to review published papers as a course assignment or for a journal club, or may be asked to review drafts-in-progress by peers or by an academic journal. This workshop will introduce strategies for critically reviewing published papers and unpublished drafts, as well as explore how these strategies may be adapted for different situations.

April 14: Using Online Resources to Support Your Pronunciation

Finding effective online pronunciation resources can be difficult. Workshop leader Melissa Myers has searched out and identified these resources while designing our Improving Pronunciation course and building our pronunciation tutoring program. During this workshop, you'll learn about resources that assist in independent pronunciation practice. 

April 28: Online Resources for Summer Writing

Online writing resources abound, but which have proven most useful to multilingual and international graduate students as they move through the writing process, make decisions about language use, and edit their work? During this workshop, we will introduce our favorite online writing resources and ask participants to share theirs. Be sure to bring a laptop computer or tablet-- we'll also explore some of these resources during the workshop.