Thursday English Afternoon (T.E.A.) is a free program that offers conversation practice for non-native English speakers, undergraduate and graduate, at Stanford. VPUE’s student tutors (OCTs and writing tutors) are available to guide general conversation and writing practice in the college classroom, providing tips on cross-cultural differences, basic skills in communicating in class or via email in common American idiom, and an introduction to academic writing and speaking. You’ll have the opportunity to refine your English skills by talking with tutors and other non-native English speakers. Please note: Tutors are not trained to teach phonics, grammar, or English as a second language.
In Autumn 2014, T.E.A. meets Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm beginning October 9 in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking (Building 250).
Week 3: Having conversations with professors: in class, during office hours, through e-mail
Week 4: Engaging in class discussions
Week 5: Interviewing skills: questions and answers
Week 6: Writing e-mails including best practice for titles, greetings, closing etc
Week 7: Speaking and writing academic arguments
Week 8: Using gestures in everyday conversation; effective gestures in presentations
Week 9: Having conversations with professors (revisited)
Week 10: Speaking and writing academic arguments(revisited)