All entries for February 2006

February 20, 2006

FC3C–2 Short Story Writing for ESL Speakers

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If you would like to take part in this course, please sign up online as soon as possible

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!

For more information and to sign up, visit:

Final Courses of the Term

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If you would like to attend, please register online.

Sp4a - Web publishing

How to do web publishing at the University of Warwick. This includes a tour of Blogs and e-Portfolios as well as tips for writing for the web. By the end of the session you will have planned a strategy for, and know how to start, web publishing using Warwick tools. run by staff bloggers Rob O'Toole (eLab) and Casey Leaver (Communications Office)

Sp7a - Time management and _Teamwork

The ability to meet deadlines and work succesfully as part of a team are considered by employers to be essential skills. This is an interactive workshop where you will have the opportunity to participate in group activities and group discussions which allow you to identify and develop the skills necessary for effective teamwork. The benefits which you can gain from team working will be explored and advice given on good time management in relation to teamwork. run by Dr. Ruth Ayres, Centre for Academic Practice

Sp7b - Future Focus

Everything you need to know about taking the big step from a PhD to the world of work. This session will cover career planning, job search, making applications and interview skills run by Dr. Jenny O'Leary, Careers Service

February 08, 2006

Guardian: Employers predict more graduate vacancies

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A report in the Guardian yesterday stated:

Graduate employment vacancies are expected to rise for the third consecutive year, but recruiters fear applicants will not have the right social skills to do the job, according to research published today.


More than half of the 222 companies who took part in the biannual AGR graduate recruitment survey, said they were not confident they would be able to fill all their vacancies because university leavers lacked the necessary teamwork, leadership and communication skills.

The Guardian, 7th February, 2006

If you want to increase your chance of getting a graduate job, there are still places left on free skills courses this term, for both Undergraduates and Postgraduates.

Visit: for Skills Certificate Modules

or for Graduate School Skills courses

February 06, 2006

Communication Skills Courses

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These postgraduate courses have recently been opened for registration:

  • Sp6a – Communication Skills

Essential skills! This session will include an introduction to oral communication skills, including making presentations. This is for you if you lack experience in expressing your ideas in an academic setting, or if you feel shy or nervous when asked to do so. This session will be practical, friendly and confidence building.

  • Sp6b – Communication Skills 2

This is a lively and very useful day for anybody wanting to improve and develop their communication skills.

Conferences, presentations, working in groups, chairing sessions, rappoteur role etc. This session is to examine and practice the professional skills of oral communication in the public domain; and to help you shine at conferences!

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