Day 8 (July 25th)!

Today, we had a course about the Social Signal Interpretation framework, given by Johannes Wagner from the University of Augsburg!

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Johannes Wagner giving a tutorial on the SSI framework

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Tutorial on the SSI framework

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Bob, Jeroen, and Daniel listening

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What are Emma and Stephen 3d-printing for their smell interface project??

Academic English Clinic on Tuesday July 26th at 16:00

The Academic English Clinic will continue on Tuesday (tomorrow) at 4:00. Everyone is welcome!

At our first meeting, we did an informal needs analysis where we discussed our needs and goals for English in our academic work, and everyone gave a short presentation. .

We identified a need for presentation practice, writing skills, pronunciation, and general social English (for networking purposes).

Homework was to put together a short presentation on a topic NOT related to work, and to send samples of troublesome writing to gilmareATtcd.ie so that Emer can put some good ‘bad’ examples together for discussion at the next session.

If you didn’t come on Friday, but would like to join now, please put together a short (3-5 minute) talk on one of the following (NO slides!!)

cats
the moon
concrete
purple
forks (cutlery)
tennis

This talk should not be over-prepared – we want to use it to improve!

Caramilla survey and academic English clinic

We would like to learn about the needs of academics who use English as a second (or third, fourth..) language – just like most of the people at eNTERFACE!

We have put an informal survey on

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R8NN7SQ

and invite everyone to participate.

The survey uses checklist items from the Common European Framework of Reference for Language Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (CEFRL), and related academic English language portfolios produced by CERCLES, the European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education.

NOTE: These checklists were originally meant to be used in the first language of the language learner, but they are not produced in all of the languages present here at eNTERFACE, so we are using the English versions. If you need clarification on any of the statements, drop over to our table, or email gilmareATtcd.ie

If you are interested in assessing your English using your own language, you can get the assessment grid in 40 languages from http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/Source/List_Cadre_traduc.pdf

You can access CERCLES portfolios in several languages at http://www.cercles.org/en/

ACADEMIC ENGLISH CLINIC
We’ll be running the first session on Friday 22 at 3.30pm in the CONNECT room. The sessions are for people at any level who would like to work on their English language skills. The content of the sessions will be decided by the participants, but it’s likely we will discuss resources, common errors, and practise presentation and writing skills.

If you’re interested, feel free to bring examples of your own writing you’d like to work on.
Please bookmark the links below which we will use during the session.

http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/
http://www.uefap.com/index.htm
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/writing-purpose/writing-purpose
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

Day 3 (July 20th)

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Listening to a presentation about Ravenclaw by Maria Ines Torres Baranano (Universidad del Pais Vasco)

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A presentation about Ravenclaw by Maria Ines Torres Baranano (Universidad del Pais Vasco)

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