The George Washington University - School of Business
Master of Science in Finance
Communication Workshop
Instructor: Nada M. Salem
Fall 2012
Nada's ESL Island

Communication Workshop

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Purpose: Creating a community for help with communication skills during and after the Communication Workshop.


Workshop Outline:

I- Informal Oral & Written Communication

11- Informal Oral Communication
111- Self Introduction
112- Interviewing
113- Group Discussion
114- Oral Report (American Culture vs. Chinese Culture)
12- Informal Written Communication
121- Journal (students' feedback)
122- Idioms & Phrasal Verbs
II- Formal Oral & Written Communication
21- Formal Oral Communication
211- Oral Presentation
212- Debate
213- Public Speaking
214- Job Interview
22- Formal Written Communication
221- Outline & Essay Writing (including Linking/Transition Words, Idioms & Phrasal Verbs)
222- Research Paper & Paraphrasing
223- Resume & Cover Letter
By the end of this workshop, students will:  (draft)
  • use appropriately a variety of features of formal and informal communication in English;
    • initiate, sustain, and conclude conversations and discussions on a wide variety of topics of personal, social, and academic interest;
    • express and support a point of view in classroom discussions;
    • use polite forms to negotiate and reach consensus in small- group tasks (e.g., Would you like to...?, How about...?, Donít you think...?);
    • make short oral presentations using a variety of words and expressions;
    • choose effective verbal and nonverbal techniques (e.g. voice, gestures, eye contact) for presentations.
    • use a variety of transition words and phrases in classroom discussions and oral presentations to express relationships such as comparison, contrast, sequence, and cause and effect;
    • participate in discussions and debates about local, national, and global issues and events.
    • use some idioms and slang where appropriate (e.g., Off the top of my head; Run that by me again);
  • become familiar with American culture and the differences between American and Chinese cultures;
  • correct some common grammatical errors in their own speech (e.g., inconsistent verb tenses, unclear pronoun reference).
  • use formal and informal styles of language appropriately (e.g., compare and role-play the use of forms of address in different situations);
  • write a good outline for an essay or research paper
  • understand the components of a well-written essay/research paper;
  • communicate a coherent thesis that conveys a clear perspective on a subject and remain consistent throughout the piece of writing (Organization and focus);
  • paraphrase in order to avoid plagiarism
  • write a good resume/cover letter