MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2014 Activities by Sponsor - MIT Womens League

ESL Program for MIT Service Employees' Workshops 2014

Nancy P Kelly, ESL Program Coordinator

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: None

The MIT ESL Program for Service Employees is giving a series of workshops during the IAP period on January 29-30.  This is open to all.  If you are interested in volunteering, are already a volunteer and want to improve your skills, or are just curious about the ESL Program for Service Employees, please come!

Sponsor(s): MIT Womens League
Contact: Sis de Bordenave, 10-342, 617-253-3656,

Stress & Intonation Patterns in English

Jan/29 Wed 12:00PM-02:00PM 4-149

Research shows that control of stress, intonation and phrasing (called suprasegmentals) in English is more important for comprehensibility of speech and for listening comprehension than complete accuracy of the sound system. We'll go over the main stress, intonation and phrasing patterns of American English and examine different ways to help students to practice these rhythms.

Jane Dunphy - Director, English Language Studies Program at MIT

Tricks of the Trade -- a Tutor Workshop

Jan/30 Thu 12:00PM-02:00PM 4-149

Many ESL students and teachers face the same hurdles. Does your student insist on translating everything word-for-word? Are you having trouble explaining verb tenses to your student? Are you looking for brainstorming support and resources? We'll go over some common trouble spots and share strategies that work.

Laura Mali-Astrue - Volunteer teacher, tutor and conversation partner