English Clusters

English Clusters are free weekly ESL study groups offered at varrying times and locations on campus to help International Students, Faculty, and community members improve their English and to learn about local culture. 

English Clusters are led by current undergraduate and graduate students who are studying English Edcuation, or similar fields. All clusters are free and are open to anyone who would like to join. Topics range from speaking workshops to Harry Potter themed classes to everyday survival English.

If you are interested in trying an English Cluster, read through the list of English Cluster sessions we offer, as well as the current schedule. While all are welcome to attend, we do ask that you sign-up ahead of time using the link to below. This helps us to know how many to plan for and to ensure that our sessions remain small enough to create the best and most productive environment.

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FALL I SEMESTER 2018

Fall I 2018 Cluster Descriptions

​Multiculturalism Through Film
Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. with Juyeon Jang
The cluster will discuss issues of diversity, race, and ethnicity in America through film. The cluster will familiarize with key terms and concepts such as racial and ethnic identities, stereotypes, racism, and multiculturalism. The instructor will create a dialogical space for the students to discuss diverse aspects of race and culture represented in the films while encouraging them to think about related issues in their everyday lives.

Oral & Presentation Skills
Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. with Lennis Barlow
The Oral and Presentation Skills cluster will focus on honing students' ability to speak eloquently, both one-on-one, through interview practice, and in front of a group, through short speeches given by the student. Throughout the class, we will go over tips and strategy for speaking oral English that is fluid, professional, and confident.

Pronunciation Skills
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. with John Wilkins
TBA

Reading for Understanding
Fridays at 2:00 p.m. with Emily Ruela
This class will involve texts pulled from news outlets, literature works, and other pieces of writing in English.  Students will read articles, get answers to their vocabulary, grammatical, and comprehension related questions, and have a lively discussion about the work used in class.

Speaking & Listening Skills
Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. with Shaila Collins
This cluster will use a variety of techniques, mostly interactive, to help students improve both their speaking and listening skills, primarily focusing on discussion. The instructor will help students to apply what they learn to various forms of verbal communication that they may need to use.

Standardized English Test Skills
Mondays at 6:00 p.m. with Kayla Vonburg
This class will work to prepare students to take the standardized TOEFL test.  In this cluster, students will have the opportunity work through practice questions with feedback from the instructor.

Survival English
Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. with Claire Haxton
This cluster will help students become familiar with English dialogue used in everyday situations.  The instructor will also discuss and provide context to various situations that are unique to the United States all while strengthening conversation skills with the students.

Writing for University Classes
Mondays at 4:00 p.m. with Alyssa Eilers
This cluster will focus on improving students' skills, such as organization, composition, formatting, citation, and revision in writing for academic purposes, including essays and research papers. In addition, this cluster will look at differences between prescriptive and descriptive grammar ideology and application in academic writing. The instructor will help students apply these skills to any academic writing they may do throughout the semester.
American Music
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. with Jeanne Torp
This cluster will use American music to help students learn English vocab and phrases through song lyrics. Lyrics to different songs will be discussed and studied at each session.

American Pop Culture
Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. with Ali Mitchell
This cluster will expose students to a variety of elements surrounding American pop culture, including celebrities, politics, media, music, and much more.

American Traditions
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. with Ty Gill

Conversation Hour
Mondays at 1:00 p.m. with Madeline Cook
Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. with Julia Charnitzky
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. with Sydney Mitchell
This cluster is your chance to practice your English in a low-stress, supportive environment on topics from pop culture opinions to current events to wild what-if pondering. Stop by to talk about your day and respond to low-structure discussions with flexible topics. All skill levels and interests welcome!

Cooking with English
Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. with Alexis Zosel
This cluster will take students "into the kitchen" to learn more about American cuisine and cooking. The focus of this course is to help students improve their knowledge on common cooking items, terms, and recipes. Hands-on activities will allow the students to further master the material.

Creative & Communicative Writing
Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. with Michaela Watson
TBA

Current Events
Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. with Alana Mitias
This cluster will focus on developing skills critical to reading, understanding, and speaking about current events through the use of news articles, videos, and discussion. The instructor will help students to hone in on their reading comprehension, listening, speaking skills in a fun and laid-back environment!

English for the Workplace
Mondays at 7:00 p.m. with Blake Bione
TBA

English Through Board Games
Mondays at 3:00 p.m. with Virginia West
TBA

Integrated Skills
Mondays at 2:00 p.m. with Laurel Peek
This cluster will focus on a variety of student interests or needs such as email writing, campus life, vocabulary they forget to teach you, music, movies, paper editing and more. Our goal for the semester will be flexibility and making connections.

Multiculturalism Through Film
Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. with Juyeon Jang
The cluster will discuss issues of diversity, race, and ethnicity in America through film. The cluster will familiarize with key terms and concepts such as racial and ethnic identities, stereotypes, racism, and multiculturalism. The instructor will create a dialogical space for the students to discuss diverse aspects of race and culture represented in the films while encouraging them to think about related issues in their everyday lives.