Academic & Language Support Workshops

Do you need help adjusting to Canadian teaching, and learning styles? Confused by seminar structures, when to talk to a professor, or the past perfect progressive? Sign-up for our series of workshops or drop in and meet with one of our support specialists for additional guidance.

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

Do you have a hard time speaking up in class? Would you like to improve your oral productivity by learning advanced terms to wow your classmates? Come to this workshop to learn the ins and outs of academic speaking.

Is your writing basic? Do you find yourself repeating the same words multiple times? This workshop enhances your vocabulary in written contexts by providing you with tools and examples to stun your readers.

This advanced workshop tackles the tricky grammar concepts of English and simplifies them. Come practice the past perfect, future continuous/perfect, passive voice, modals, and conditional present and past unreal.

Do you want additional practice with listening? Do you like the challenge of gathering information solely from what you hear? Put your listening strategies to the test at this experiential workshop.

Are you looking for more practice with reading academic level texts? Would you like to challenge yourself with advanced materials followed by assessing your comprehension abilities? Attend this workshop to practice this essential skill in a calm, supportive environment.

This workshop is the perfect opportunity to practice academic speaking in a relaxed environment, surrounded by your international peers. Speak about debatable issues, share your point of view, and enjoy the conversation.

Do you need writing practice? Would you like immediate feedback on your writing and an opportunity to apply that feedback right away? Attend this workshop to write better, faster.

Need a refresher on the basic grammar of English? Do you get confused by prepositions? Come to this workshop to engage in fun activities that utilize the simple present, simple past, simple future and test your preposition knowledge.

Being able to contribute to a casual conversation is a very important part of the Canadian university experience. Attend this workshop to experience all that informal Canadian English has to offer.
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This workshop introduces students to the art of writing lab and project reports. Learn the components, conventions, and appropriate language to excel on your next report assignment.

What is a literature review? What’s the point of an annotated bibliography? Find out how to master these assignments at this workshop.

Should a comparative essay be written in the same way as an argumentative essay? Does a research paper follow the same layout as a traditional essay? For the answer to these questions, join us for this workshop.

What is the goal of a case study? Is a critique and a analytical review the same thing? What should be included in a reflection? If you find yourself asking these questions, you need to come to this workshop!

What can be done to make reading more manageable? Are there methods to facilitate reading and reading comprehension? Enhance your reading capabilities by attending this workshop to learn more.

Do you have a hard time following lectures? Do you often ask English speakers to repeat themselves? Attend this workshop for practice and exposure to various medias and methods to improve your listening abilities.

This workshop takes your grammar knowledge to the next level. Learn when to use the past continuous, present perfect, and reported speech in academic contexts. As a bonus, real and unreal conditional sentences will be discussed as well.

Workshop focuses on the elements you need most, such as how English speakers call attention to the most important words or which vowels need to be extra clear.

Communicating with professors and faculty members can be nerve wracking. Take the anxiety out of this process by learning how to appropriately address and write to these individuals in different contexts.

Do you feel intimidated when speaking to your professor at office hours, or asking your academic advisor for help? This workshop will give you the confidence to approach any faculty member appropriately with ease.

Are you often silent during partner work in class? Do you shy away from group work because you’re unsure on how to express yourself? This workshop gives you the knowledge to carry yourself academically around your peers.

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

When should direct quotes be used in writing? Are they always the best option? Come to this workshop to learn more about supporting your ideas in writing using this convention.

Is it possible to take the ideas of other writers and put it into your own words to strengthen your arguments? This workshop teaches you exactly how and when to paraphrase.

What is the process of condensing important literature into main ideas? When is summarizing necessary, and what is the layout? Attend this workshop to perfect your summarizing abilities.

Do you struggle to form a strong argument? Do you get nervous when you hear the word ‘thesis’? Take the stress out of thesis writing with this hands-on workshop. Learn how to easily create a powerful thesis as well as develop strong arguments to back your writing.

Having a hard time beginning your essays? Are your introductions lacking charisma? Learn how to engage any reader with this practical workshop on perfecting the introduction of your essay.

What steps do you need to follow before beginning your body paragraph? How can you work your evidence into your paragraph to help convince your reader your argument is correct? Join us to learn the secrets of the body paragraph.

The conclusion is one of the most important parts of the essay. It brings together the ideas that have been mentioned throughout the paper to nicely wrap up your discussion. For tips on making your conclusion shine, be sure to attend this workshop.

Academic Skills Support Workshops

In this workshop, we will go over the most commonly used applications/software for success in university. You will get tips and tricks that will save you time during your writing, research, citation, and more.

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 get insight into the process of preparation, design, and delivery of poster presentations.

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.

Come and learn tools and tips to avoid plagiarism in order to write with integrity.

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!

Click here to download the full schedule of workshops.

Unable to attend an upcoming workshop? Click here to request a private session with our Academic & Language Support Specialists.

Looking for one-on-one support? Email intlsupport@brocku.ca to request a meeting with our Academic & Language Support Specialists.