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Title: Study Abroad Seminar


1
Study Abroad Seminar
  • Presenter Praise Lee

2
PART ONE
  • Western University Culture

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4
Getting Your Bearings
  • Guide/Foreign Exchange Department
  • Nearest bank, convenience/grocery store,
    restaurant
  • Map and public transportation

5
Dormitory Life
  • Resident Advisor (RA)
  • Roommate change
  • Freedom within the dorms (both genders)
  • Food, space and time consideration

6
Academics in a North American University
  • Focus on learning, less on grades
  • Participation
  • Collaborative learning
  • Heavily weighted exams
  • Diversity is a strength
  • Originality of thought
  • Email communication
  • Independence

7
Glossary
  • Prerequisite
  • Add/Drop
  • Pass/Fail
  • Midterm/Final
  • Pop quiz
  • Portfolio/Contracts
  • Pre-writing
  • Rough draft
  • Revision
  • Reflective writing
  • Term paper

8
How to Address the Professor
  • When in doubt, ask
  • Professor is not always accurate
  • Titles are only used with family names
  • Titles
  • Doctor
  • Professor
  • First name only (informal)
  • Last name only
  • (informal)

9
First Day
  • Punctuality (Take a practice walk.)
  • Books and supplies
  • Sit anywhere
  • Bathroom
  • Speaking in class
  • Syllabus

10
Things to Avoid
  • Lavish gifts
  • Lavish praise
  • Fixation on grades
  • Lateness
  • NO cell phones (NO TEXTING)
  • Emails or papers with and .

11
Resources on Campus
  • The Writing Center
  • The Writing Center website
  • EFL centers
  • The library
  • Office hours
  • Minority organizations

12
PART TWO
  • Writing Tips

13
WRITING WORKSHOP
  • Professors are looking for originality of
    thought. They do not want a regurgitation of
    ideas, but your own ideas formulated into a
    thesis. All western university writing is
    thesis-driven in both the sciences and the
    humanities.

14
The Thesis
  • Formulating a thesis is a skill
  • Can be taught
  • Like a sport, it must be practiced
  • English, history, sciences, social sciences, math

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Fill in the blank
  • The thesis is not a fact, but an ___ that must be
    ___ with ___.
  • A thesis MUST take a ___.
  • The thesis is found at the ___ of the ___
    paragraph.
  • The thesis is usually ___, ___ sentence.
  • The thesis answers the question, ___? or ___
    ___?

16
How to write a thesis
  • Brainstorm all ideas.
  • Find a pattern of thought.
  • Summarize all ideas into one coherent statement.

17
Thesis Secrets
  • Topic/Point
  • Some bigger countries may have the responsibility
    to help smaller countries, but they do not have
    the right to destroy and reconstruct countries
    that are not a part of them.
  • Although
  • Although some might believe that bigger countries
    do not have the right to impose their help on
    smaller countries, smaller countries need the
    imposition or they will not be able to survive.

18
SAT Prompt
  • Some people say you should be content with
  • what you have and accept who you are. But it is
    possible that too much self-acceptance can turn
    into self-satisfied lack of ambition. People
    should always strive to improve themselves and to
    have more in their livesfriends, things,
    opportunities. After all, where would we be if
    great people, both in history and in our own
    time, did not try to have more and to improve
    themselves?

19
The Task Part 1
  • Is it best for people to accept who they are and
    what they have, or should people always strive to
    better themselves?
  • Brainstorm ideas with your classmates.
  • Have someone write down all the ideas
  • Find at least three ideas that have a common
    thread.
  • Use topic/point or although to write a thesis
    statement that encompasses the three ideas. Stay
    away from topic/points 1, 2, and 3.

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Task 2 Thesis Checklist
  • Is your thesis one, long sentence written in the
    thesis format? (Yes)
  • Can a reasonable person make an argument to
    counter your thesis? (Yes)
  • Does the thesis explain SO WHAT? (Yes)
  • Does your thesis state the obvious? Is it a
    prediction? A diagnosis? (No)

21
Examples of Bad Thesis Statements
  • Many admirable people continuously try to improve
    themselves. (obvious, cant be argued)
  • Life is too short not to improve yourself. (not
    focused, off-topic)
  • Accepting ones true self is ultimately better
    than futile attempts to prove themselves. (Why?
    So what?)

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Good Thesis Statements
  • Accepting ones true self is ultimately better
    than futile attempts to improve themselves
    because then he or she can find their purpose in
    life instead of wasting time on unrealistic
    dreams.
  • Self-improvement is something everyone must
    strive for because only then can they realize
    their full potential instead of being paralyzed
    by fear.

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Writing an Essay around the Thesis
  • Topic sentence 1 Unless a person tries to
    improve herself, she will not know how successful
    she could have been.
  • EX Michael Jordan
  • Topic sentence 2 Fear of success attempts to
    keep people locked in certain places, and unless
    they continually improve themselves, they will
    never be able to see what their true natural
    abilities are.
  • EX Martin Luther King Jr., Ray Charles

24
EXAMPLES OF ESSAYS
  • Helpful websites

25
The Thesis-driven Essay
  • Humanities, social science, history, and
    science
  • http//www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/home.html

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Other Types of Writing
  • Rhetorical writing cause and effect, compare and
    contrast, letter writing, narrative
    http//aaweb.gallaudet.edu/CLAST/Tutorial_and_Inst
    ructional_Programs/English_Works/Writing/Essays.ht
    ml
  • Reflection or journal entry, film analysis
    http//www.bedfordstmartins.com/modeldocs/humaniti
    es.htm
  • Charts and graphs within scientific writing
  • http//www.ohio.edu/linguistics/esl/writing/mecha
    nics.html

27
Format, Citations, and Plagiarism
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Formatting Essays (Western Style)
  • Times New Roman
  • 12 point font 12 point font
  • Double space
  • 1. Format
  • 2. Paragraph
  • 3. Spacing
  • ltTabgt for indentation

29
Formatting Essays
  • Dont skip lines between paragraphs
  • Use double quotation marks when using a
    quotation.
  • Headings, title pages, and page numbers are
    usually specified by the teacher.
  • Headings Name, class, date, name of assignment
    flushed to the right or left.

30
Citations
  • MLA www.mla.org
  • APA www.apa.org

31
Citations MLA Examples
  • It was as though they hadnt seen me, as though
    I were here, and yet not here (Ellison 301).
  • It was the clothes and the new name and the
    circumstances… I was becoming someone else
    (335).
  • The main character stands in front of the crowd
    as the old couple gets evicted. He doesnt say
    anything specific, but the crowd becomes
    bellicose anyway (274-279).

32
Citations APA Examples
  • In an influential article, Terrace, Petitto,
    Sanders, and Bever (1979) argued that the apes in
    language experiments were not using language
    spontaneously.
  • It is not surprising that apes might rely on
    similar signals (Johnson, 1995).
  • For example, Lewin (1991) reported that
    instructions for bonobo Kanzi were delivered by
    someone out of his sight, with other team
    members wearing earphones so that they could not
    hear the instructions and so could not cue Kanzi,
    even unconsciously (p. 51).

33
HELPFUL WEBSITES
  • http//www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/home.html
  • Includes MANY essay samples and citation examples
    for the humanities as well as the sciences.
  • Includes how to make a WORKS CITED PAGE
  • www.bibme.com
  • A free bibliography maker

34
Random Grammar Tip
  • Underline (sometimes italicize) names of books,
    newspapers, and movies.
  • Use double quotation marks for stories, articles,
    and TV shows.
  • My favorite book as a child was Anne of Green
    Gables, but now I only read The New York Times.
    There was a great article entitled The Great
    Debate in yesterdays paper.

35
Another Tip
  • During undergraduate school, do not use the
    pronoun I or me in an essay unless given
    permission by the professor or writing about an
    experiment you did. In essays, it is assumed that
    the essay is YOUR opinion.

36
Plagiarism
  • USE YOUR OWN IDEAS. Give credit to someone else
    if you use their words to prove your own idea.
  • AGREEING with an idea that someone else wrote
    does not make it your own.
  • REARRANGING words or changing a few words from
    someone else's writing does not change the fact
    that it is not your own work.
  • If most of your paper is in quotes, then the
    paper is not an original.
  • A website that gives examples of what plagiarized
    papers look like http//www.depts.drew.edu/compos
    ition/Avoiding_Plagiarism.htm

37
One Example of Misquoting
  • Original Wording (from Davidson) "Such 'story
    myths' are not told for their entertainment
    value. They provide answers to questions people
    ask about life, about society and about the world
    in which they live.
  • Misuse of Source Davidson explains that story
    myths answer questions people ask about life,
    about society and about the world that we live in
    (10).
  • Correctly Rewritten with Quotation Marks and
    Citation Davidson explains that "story myths"
    answer "questions people ask about life, about
    society and about the world in which they live"
    (10).

38
PART THREE
  • Presentation Tips

39
Presentation Expectations
  • Informal presentations and workshops
  • Teaching the class
  • Group activity results
  • Designated speaker
  • Updates or findings
  • Reading your own writing
  • Formal presentations
  • Personal project
  • Group project
  • Final paper
  • Video/Movie

40
Presentation Tips
  • Body language and voice
  • Posture, gesture, dress
  • Eye contact, distracting movements
  • Speak loudly, clearly, naturally and confidently.
    Practice beforehand.
  • Never read from a script. Use cards/notes.
  • Be prepared for questions.
  • Visual aids and/or short activity

41
Presentation Tips
  • Remember the time
  • Stick to the topic
  • Deliberately pause or emphasize KEY points
  • Be appropriately enthusiastic!

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Examples
  • A typical group presentation
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vAShM4vrMfu4featur
    erelated
  • A creative video presentation http//www.youtube.c
    om/watch?vwMnqJFO672Mfeaturerelated
  • Research presentation (single)
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vxQ8U18XoY-Qfeatur
    erelated

43
Helpful Websites
  • The complete list

44
Grammar, Citations, and Essay
  • Purdue University
  • http//owl.english.purdue.edu/ One of the best
    resources for writing and grammar
  • Diana Hacker
  • http//www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/ Many
    examples of essays in different . Includes sample
    essays for different types of classes. Very good
    collection of other resources
  • Ohio University
  • http//www.ohio.edu/linguistics/esl/writing/mechan
    ics.html Includes how to use English in graphs
  • The University of Chicago
  • http//writing-program.uchicago.edu/resources/coll
    egewriting/index.htm
  • Dartmouth College
  • http//www.dartmouth.edu/writing/materials/studen
    t/ac_paper/what.shtml
  • Bedford St. Martins
  • http//www.bedfordstmartins.com/modeldocs/humaniti
    es.htm Sample essays of different types of
    writing including journal entries and film
    analysis

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Bibliography Makers
  • BibMe http//www.bibme.org/ Free online
    bibliography maker (MLA and APA)
  • EasyBib http//www.easybib.com/ Free online MLA
    bibliography maker

46
Under/Graduate School Admissions Essay
  • College Board
  • http//www.collegeboard.com/student/apply/essay-sk
    ills/index.html Includes steps, what to avoid,
    and sample essays
  • McPherson College
  • www.mcpherson.edu/careers/resource_center/Graduate
    20School20Admissions20Essays.doc
  • University of Tennessee
  • http//web.utk.edu/aspweb/undergraduate/gradadmis
    sionessays.shtml

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ESL Websites
  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • http//www.iei.uiuc.edu/student_internet_res.html
    writing Includes listening exercises
  • Purdue University http//owl.english.purdue.edu/ow
    l/resource/678/01/ Includes how to write
    resumes and business letters, and how to search
    for jobs as an international student

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Question and Answer
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Good Luck!
  • Hope you have an invaluable experience!
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