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School of Arts workshop timetable

Welcome to the School of Arts workshop programme. These sessions are devised to equip students, especially of the Arts, Humanities and Languages (including students on "joint" degree programmes) with the basic academic and English language skills which will enable them to interact effectively and enjoyably with the varying categories of information which they encounter. These events are the equivalent of cognitive knives and forks which will enable you to cut up and consume the academic feast on your plate. Workshops are conducted through a mix of tutor-instruction, practice exercises, and pair- and group activities. These workshops are open to all enrolled students, including any postgraduate students who wish to attend.

For more detailed information on the content of each session, click on the title of the workshop. To book a place, click on the "book now" link in the right-hand column. To do this, you will need your Birkbeck username and password. If a workshop is oversubscribed, please do utilise the "join a standby list" function and record your name on the waiting list. I do check before each session to see if there have been cancellations and email students on the standby list, accordingly.

I look forward to seeing you. Contact us at: Email: arts-studyskills@bbk.ac.uk

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October 2017
Fri 20 OctLanguage and Grammar Workshop: How to Improve your Academic Vocabulary; A Unique Academic Wordbook; The AWL and MAP
This workshop asks WHY and HOW you should develop your academic vocabulary. The power of naming: nouns and adjectives and what you can do with them
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
School of Arts
19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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Fri 27 OctLanguage and Grammar Workshop: 'Not a complete sentence' (Part 1): Verbs in Formal Academic Expression: 'Danglers' and Fragments
This workshop asks these questions: what is a verb? When do we need verbs? What do verbs do? Affixes and the status of '-ing' words as verbs, or not
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Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
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19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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November 2017
Fri 03 NovLanguage and Grammar Workshop: 'Not a complete sentence' (Part 2): Phrases, Clauses, Agreement in Sentences
This workshop extends our attention to sentences by delving further into the behaviour of phrases and clauses in formal, academic expression
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Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
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19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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Fri 24 NovLanguage and Grammar Workshop: Using Tenses in Academic Writing
This workshop ponders such questions as: which tenses should I use? Which tenses are required when referencing the work of others? What is 'hedging'?
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
School of Arts
19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G04fully booked
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December 2017
Fri 01 DecLanguage and Grammar Workshop: Sentences Revisited: How to Discipline Unruly Sentences: Clarity in Academic Writing
This workshop builds on our attention to sentences to consider matters of 'style' and flair in the avoidance of meandering sentences
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
School of Arts
19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G041 place left
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Fri 08 DecLanguage and Grammar Workshop: The Language of Academic English: Punctuation: Is It important?
This workshop tackles the troublesome issue of punctuation. Does punctuation really make a difference to meaning? We test the results.
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills
School of Arts
19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G047 places left
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Fri 15 DecLanguage and Grammar Workshop: The Language of Referencing; Reporting Expressions; Reporting Verbs; Author- or Content-Focused Attributions
This workshop reviews the expressions and conventions for introducing material from other sources safely into your text
For enrolled students

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Plagiarism, Writing skills
School of Arts
19:40 to 21:0043 Gordon Square, room GOR G047 places left
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