Workshops for International Students

Workshops offered by the International Centre provide international students an opportunity to acquire new academic and language skills, in addition to fostering the application and improvement of their existing skills and knowledge.

The workshops will normally take place Monday through Friday. Registration in advance is required. These workshops will run throughout the year (September to August) and will be updated regularly on this page as they are developed. They are offered at no cost for international students.

We require a minimum of 5 students registered in order to run a workshop, and a maximum of 20 students. We maintain an ongoing waitlist and will reach out to you if a spot becomes available in a workshop which you have been placed on the waitlist for. It is crucial that you check your Brock e-mail regularly for updates from us.

These workshops focus on two different areas:

  • Language support: workshops in this area will cover a variety of topics related to the improvement of academic reading, writing, speaking, listening and English grammar
  • Academic skills support: workshops in this area will cover a variety of topics related to the development of academic skills necessary in order to succeed in the Canadian university context

Below is a list of upcoming workshops:

Language Support Workshops

Summarizing is an important skill to learn as it helps you identify the central ideas in a text and express them in your own words. If you would like to improve your summarizing skills, this workshop is for you!

The first workshop of this series will provide you with a step-by-step outline and exercise to help you develop an effective essay introduction.

The second workshop of this series will focus on the understanding, planning, and writing stages of properly developing the body of an academic essay.

The final workshop of this series will guide you in writing an effective conclusion to your essay based on the ideas you previously developed in the introduction and body of your essay.

Sign up for this workshop if you want to learn more about writing to your instructors!

Looking to learn new words? Expand your academic vocabulary by exploring the English language and by learning strategies to improve your vocabulary on a daily basis.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for you to practice and develop advanced grammar skills by working on complex sentence structure and verb tense.

Trying to wrap your head around some strange English expressions? Come and learn more about them: what they mean and how to use them!

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This workshop will provide an opportunity for you to practice and improve your speaking skills in a dynamic group setting.

Summaries, annotated bibliographies, reports, argumentative essays… do these sound familiar? Learn the meaning and requirements behind a variety of common academic assignments!

Academic Skills Support Workshops

This workshop will introduce you to techniques and tips that helps to make your studying more efficient. Come and learn how to learn at a deeper level.

Come and learn the basics of the American Psychological Association (APA) Style to format your papers, and write correct citations and references.

This workshop will introduce you to advanced guidelines of the APA style. We will cover in-text references and the reference list in depth.

Critical Thinking is a crucial skill for you to develop as you go through your university life. In this workshop you will learn more about the critical thinking process, key terms and arguments from a sample paper.

You will get great insight into the process of planning and delivering an effective in-class presentation as a group. You will also learn some strategies to increase confidence in presenting in a second language.

You will get great insight into the process of planning and delivering an effective in-class presentation. You will also learn some strategies to increase confidence in presenting in a second language.

This workshop will introduce strategies to help you succeed as an international student. Some of the strategies you will learn are effective reading, note-taking, and attention to detail.

Want to learn about the different factors that affect your life as an international student? Learn how to balance your social and work interests with your academic responsibilities.

Want to learn how to take notes during lectures and while reading? Come to this workshop to learn about different and effective note-taking strategies that will help you in your courses.

This workshop will provide some common principles and practical advice for planning and preparing your assignments in advance!

Come and learn techniques that will help you prepare for exams. You will also learn about the resources available to make sure you get the most out of your exam study.

Do you need help researching a topic and don’t know where to start? This workshop will introduce you to academic research using Brock University’s resources.

After developing effective research strategies from Research Skills I, we will work on using the information you find, learn data management strategies, and understand how Turnitin works.

Come and learn how to prepare for, engage with, and learn from your seminars. This workshop is suitable for international students with a seminar component to their course.

Come and learn reading strategies – how to choose what to read, reading critically, tips and ideas for reading more quickly.

Working in groups is a common experience in universities skill. In this workshop, you will learn strategies to work effectively on group projects.

Learn some practical approaches to managing your time as an international student! You will learn how to plan and prioritize more effectively while managing interruptions and distractions.

Click here to register for an upcoming workshop today!