Free Workshops for International Students

Why Don’t They Understand Me? Tips for Perfect English Pronunciation

Presented by Barry Griner

While English is the lingua-franca in U.S. academic and business settings, the variety of English accents can cause communication breakdowns. In this workshop led by American Language Institute master lecturer Barry Griner, you will learn areas of pronunciation that you can adjust so that your accent is more easily understood. Register now!

Bring your USC ID for check in.

Tuesday, February 19 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
University Park Campus
Social Work Building (MRF) 340
3669 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90089


The Perfect Elevator Pitch

Presented by Kimberley Briesch-Sumner

It can be tough to feel comfortable promoting yourself to others, but in the U.S. job market, it is a necessity. In this workshop with ALI Senior Lecturer Kimberley Briesch Sumner, you will learn how to craft your own pitch, practice it with others, and prepare yourself to tell potential employers what makes YOU the right candidate for the job. Register now.

Bring your USC ID for check in.

Tuesday, March 5 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
University Park Campus
Social Work Building (MRF) 340
3669 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90089


Intercultural Writing: Avoiding Plagiarism as an International Student

Presented by Richard Jones and Nina Kang

Do you have trouble putting the words of others into your own? Have you ever been told that your work does not appear to be your own? This workshop will provide students with ways to avoid accusations of plagiarism and intellectual dishonesty and further introduce strategies to properly synthesize and paraphrase. Register now to participate in the workshop!

Bring your USC ID for check in.

Thursday, March 7 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
University Park Campus
Social Work Building (MRF) 340
3669 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90089


Research Writing: Literature Reviews

Presented by Richard Jones and Nina Kang 

This workshop will explore the basics of writing literature reviews across genres with a focus on technical and scientific writing. It will explore the key characteristics and citation patterns of literature reviews and practice paraphrasing and summarizing skills utilizing proper citations. It will also discuss how to take a stance toward the literature by framing or positioning one’s research. The primary focus will be on how non-native speakers can address issues of grammatical accuracy and academic style in research writing.

Please register to attend the workshop. Bring your USC ID for check in.

Wednesday, March 20 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Health Science Campus
Norris Medical Library, West Conference Room
2003 Zonal Ave , Los Angeles, CA 90033


Why Don’t They Understand Me? Tips for Perfect English Pronunciation

Presented by Barry Griner

While English is the lingua-franca in U.S. academic and business settings, the variety of English accents can cause communication breakdowns. In this workshop led by American Language Institute master lecturer Barry Griner, you will learn areas of pronunciation that you can adjust so that your accent is more easily understood. Register now!

Bring your USC ID for check in.

Friday, March 29 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Health Science Campus
Norris Medical Library, West Conference Room
2003 Zonal Ave , Los Angeles, CA 90033