What’s in a Phrase? Idioms and Their Role in Language Learning
Have you ever heard someone with a relaxed personality described as ‘cool as a cucumber’? Or heard the command ‘hold your horses’ when someone is trying to rush into something? When it comes to idioms, we find ourselves using words or phrases without realizing how it...
Finding Resources as an International Student
As an international student at The University of Chicago, it can be challenging to find the exact place to go for any given service. In this blog post, we will highlight many of the services offered for various needs and give you scenarios in which you’d seek out some...
Reading Group Trip to Nelson Algren’s Neighborhood
After we completed the extremely challenging novel, we decided it would be nice to take a walk around the area to see the apartments where Algren lived while writing the novel and in the years after and to see if we could find any evidence of the community that he described seventy years ago. The language in the novel is difficult and the story line is often depressing, so the weather we had for our walk seemed to be a perfect match.
“I took Spoken Communication: Academic Presentations because, for my future career, it is extremely important to be able to communicate in a proper and interesting way. I learned how to use my voice when speaking, the best body language for presentations, and how to best design PowerPoint, among other things. I think with this class, students will gain more confidence in their own communication and presentation skills. I’m glad I now have these skills on my CV!”
“I took Spoken Communication: Conversation in Context because I wanted to find ways to communicate better and to think more like an American in order to be better understood. My instructor was wonderful and always had an answer for my questions; if you follow his advice, you will be very happy with the results. I definitely feel more confident after taking this class.”
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