January 26, 2006

Short Story Writing

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/wsc/moduleinfo/freechoice/fc3/fc3c-2/

We've just added another module to the Warwick Skills Certificate which is now open for registration: Short Story Writing for ESL Speakers

10 Credits

This 10-hour course has been designed for the following target audience:

  • Learners for whom English is a Second or Foreign Language and who want to learn or develop short story writing skills
  • Teachers of English as a Second or Foreign Language who teach or wish to teach short story writing to ESL students in their respective environments

The most significant value of creative writing is the exploration into self which it provides. When we articulate our feelings or ideas about a certain matter on paper, we tend to discipline our minds into orderly thinking about that subject. That is why college and university teachers so frequently assign term papers and other writing projects which call for the discipline of organized thought process. This course, therefore, is intended to help participants approach their written work creatively, methodically and confidently. It is also meant for those who just wish to attend to their long-ignored short story writing itches.

The purpose of this course is NOT to help learners develop grammatical excellence, but content.

All course participants will be expected to participate actively!

If you would like to register for this course, or find out more about the Warwick Skills Certificate, visit: http://go.warwick.ac.uk/wsc


January 23, 2006

A few places left…

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/wsc

There are still a few places left on the Warwick Skills Certificate modules below:

  • Communication Skills (Intensive) – Weekend 10/11 Feb
  • Assertiveness – Saturday 11 Feb
  • Making Effective Presentations – Saturday 4 March
  • Career Management – Mon+Sat
  • Introduction to Enterprise – Weekend 24/25 Feb
  • Presentational Statistics – Tuesdays
  • Problem Solving and Teamwork – Sunday 26th Feb
  • Time Management and Teamwork – Weekend 17/18 Feb
  • Effective Business Writing – Mondays
  • Warwick Welcome Tours – Weekend 3/4 March
  • Creative Writing – Weekend 10/11 Feb
  • Personal Finance – Weekend 27/28 Jan

To register for any of these modules, visit: go.warwick.ac.uk/wsc


Drop–in Sessions

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/skills

If you would like a blue Uni. card sized reminder of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate drop-in sessions, you can pick them up from The Learning Grid, Warwick Skills or Student Development and Support Reception.

Gentle reminder:

Please do not drop them on the floor as

A sad skills drop-in card - wanting a loving owner

  1. It makes me sad when I spot them on the way to Costcutter to buy some lunch

  2. It is littering

  3. I know how much time was put into producing them

  4. The cards are designed to remind you of the drop-in session times - they don't work if they are trodden into the floor


More PG courses!

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/pgskills

The courses now open for registration are:

If you're interested, visit go.warwick.ac.uk/pgskills


January 17, 2006

Calling all volunteers and society folks!

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/wsc/moduleinfo/freechoice/fc2/fc2f/

We're running a course Working with People in the Community which counts as one third of the Warwick Skills Certificate and will appear on your degree transcript.

Here's the description:

10 Credits
A module for any community-based volunteer worker, with a particular focus on personal skills as well as an understanding of how not-for-profit organisations work, the skills needed to be effective in this sector and the features of best practice in working with communities.
This module is also suited to SU societies officers and volunteers – offering an opportunity to consider planning, organisation, working with others and best practice issues within the context of your own society.

If you're interested the course runs fortnightly on Friday afternoons. You'll need to register as well.


January 16, 2006

Need help?

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/grid/users/drop/

Warwick Skills in association with the Learning Grid are running postgraduate and undergraduate dropin sessions at various times throughout the terms. Topics covered include:

  • Improving Study Skills
  • Essay Support
  • Presentation Trial Run
  • Preparing a Presentation
  • Writing Clinic
  • Upgrade Teports
  • Preparing for a Viva
  • Help with your ePortfolio
  • Research Proposals for Graduate Study

It's running on a "don't sign up, but turn up" policy!


More free postgraduate courses

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/pgskills

The courses now open for registration are:

If you're interested, visit go.warwick.ac.uk/pgskills


January 04, 2006

Graduate School Spring Programme

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/pgskills

Courses for the Graduate School Spring Programme are viewable at http://go.warwick.ac.uk/pgskills

Courses currently open for registration are:

1st year postgraduates
Continuing (2nd +) postgraduates

December 21, 2005

Shared Learning

Writing about web page http://www.sharedlearning.org.uk/index.htm

I've just come across the Shared Learning website which is a free, online training resource, covering:

  • Communication Skills
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Data Gathering, Analysis and Evaluation Skills
  • Project Proposal and Report Writing
  • Stress Management
  • Training Management

You can also download the materials if you prefer it paper-based.


December 06, 2005

Warwick Skills Certificate Spring Term Courses

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/wsc

Modules on offer:

Compulsory Core Module

CM1 - Getting Started on Skills Development

Communication Skills

CM2 - Communication Skills
CM2a – Assertiveness
CM2b – Making Effective Presentations

IT Skills

CM3f – IT Skills (test only)
CM3e – IT Skills (ECDL)

Academic Skills

CM4a – Academic Writing
CM4c – Project Planning – A Film Festival
CM4e – Beyond Google…:Academic Research Skills

Development Skills

CM5a – Career Management

Enterprise Skills

FC1 - Introduction to Enterprise

Employability Skills

FC2a-2 – Practical Number Skills – Presentational Statistics
FC2b – Problem Solving and Teamwork
FC2c – Time Management and Teamwork
FC2d/U – Unitemps Work Experience module (open learning)
FC2f – Working with People in the Community
FC2j – Effective Business Writing
FC2k – Warwick Welcome Tours

Creativity and Personal Development Skills

FC3e – Personal Finance

For more information and to register visit: go.warwick.ac.uk/wsc


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