These workshops are open to the whole Northeastern community and are hosted by students, faculty, and staff. Topics very each term and include English language skills, U.S. American culture, and general tips for academic and social success. A selection of our recorded workshops can also be found here.

Language and Culture Workshops

Spring Schedule

WORKSHOP DATE TIME JOIN LINK
Pahk the Cah in Havahd Yahd! A Historical Guide to Boston’s Neighborhoods Friday, January 29th 9am-9:45am EST Join Workshop
It’s Not All Zoom and Gloom: Fun Ways to Engage and Create Community in the New Normal Tuesday, February 2nd 1pm-1:45pm Join Workshop
Adulting 101 Tuesday, February 9th 1pm-1:45pm EST Join Workshop
Small Talk 101: Hey, How’s it Goin’? Tuesday, February 16th 1-3pm EST AND Friday, Feb 19th 9-11am EST Tuesday, February 16th 1-3pm EST AND Friday, Feb 19th 9-11am EST Join the Tuesday Workshop

Join the Friday Workshop

Social Norms and Expectations in and out of the U.S. Classroom Thursday, February 25th 9am-9:45am EST AND 1pm-1:45pm EST Join the 9am Workshop

Join the 1pm Workshop

Surviving Winter 201: The Great Outdoors Wednesday, March 3rd 9am-9:45am EST and 4pm-4:45pm EST Join the 9am Workshop

Join the 4pm Workshop

Interviewing Skills for International PhD Students Thursday, March 11th 1pm-2:30pm EST Join Workshop
Critical Thinking: A Practical Guide to Thinking for Yourself Friday, March 12th 1pm-1:45pm EST Join Workshop
American Flavors: Navigating the Supermarket and Ordering in Restaurants Saturday, March 13th 9am-9:45am EST and 1pm-1:45pm EST Join the 9am Workshop

Join the 1pm Workshop

Interviewing Skills for International PhD Students: Follow-up Mock-Interview Sessions Tuesday, March 16th 1pm-2:30pm EST Join Workshop
Time to Bite the Bullet: Idioms in the Workplace Friday, March 19 9am AND 1pm 9am-9:45am EST AND 1pm-1:45pm EST Join the 9am Workshop

Join the 1pm Workshop

Virtual Presentations: How to WOW Your Professors and Classmates Wednesday, April 14th 12pm-12:45pm EST Join Workshop

 

About the Workshops

 

Pahk the Cah in Havahd Yahd! A Historical Guide to Boston’s Neighborhoods

What is “the other side of the river?” Are Southie and South Boston the same place? Where is “downtown”? Learn about must-visit destinations, different movies shot in Boston, and how to explore this diverse and wonderful city!

It’s Not All Zoom and Gloom: Fun Ways to Engage and Create Community in the New Normal

This panel includes international students along with staff who will share their creative ideas for what has worked for them and suggestions for making this semester even better.

Adulting 101

Join us for advice on managing time and money, focusing on career goals and relationships, and achieving work-life balance, all while finding time to do laundry. “Adulting” can be hard!

Small Talk 101: Hey, How’s it Goin’?

Learning the art of American small talk will build your confidence, help you bond with strangers and most of all, make them remember you. We will cover appropriate and inappropriate discussion topics and strategies for using conversations to build friendships, working relationships, and professional networks.

Social Norms and Expectations in and out of the U.S. Classroom

Join us as we discuss social norms in the U.S. How does one approach a stranger? How can you greet someone and make them feel comfortable? How can you connect with classmates? We’ll explore these questions and more in this interactive workshop.

Surviving Winter 201: The Great Outdoors

Learn what local wildlife you can see, beautiful places for winter hiking, skiing, and ice skating, the best hot cocoa, and other fun ways to pass these long months!

Interviewing Skills for International PhD Students

PhD students seeking jobs in industry face an exciting challenge that requires strategy and preparation. In this popular workshop, learn how to position yourself for industry positions and how to leverage your PhD to your best advantage.

Critical Thinking: A Practical Guide to Thinking for Yourself

This workshop provides strategies for developing the critical thinking skills that can help you thrive in the classroom, whether online or in person.

American Flavors: Navigating the Supermarket and Ordering in Restaurants

We will review the names and descriptions of several popular flavors and ingredients found throughout the United States. We shall also review guidelines for etiquette and tipping for takeout, dine-in, and delivery.

Interviewing Skills for International PhD Students: Follow-up Mock-Interview Sessions

For PhD students interviewing for industry roles, practice makes perfect. Interviewing is a skill that you can learn, and confidence comes from opportunities to rehearse and receive feedback.

Time to Bite the Bullet: Idioms in the Workplace

“That’s a home run,” “In a nutshell,” and “Take it off the table” are all idioms, but what do they actually mean? Join us to learn some of the top workplace expressions and phrases that you might hear at interviews, while on co-op, or on OPT.

Virtual Presentations: How to WOW Your Professors and Classmates

This workshop will focus on presentation design and delivery both in person and virtually. Your tone, body language, and audience engagement matter! Use these tips to make sure your next presentation wows everyone!