Can you communicate your research in a way that inspires your listeners?
Granting agencies and employers always rank skills in knowledge translation at the top, and individuals who successfully master the art of explaining complicated concepts in accessible ways go far. Helping others understand and get excited by your research is essential--no matter if you're explaining the concepts to family members, potential employers or during the 3-Minute Thesis Competition!
The goal of these workshops and practice sessions is to help graduate students describe their research in interesting and novel ways, and be able to communicate it in a variety of settings and contexts. These sessions are offered by a mix of service providers: SFU's Teaching and Learning Centre, SFU's Office of Graduate Studies and Mitacs.
These sessions are open to all current SFU graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
The Research Commons also offers workshops that may be of use to you while preparing your 3-Minute Thesis presentation.
Another great resource you have access to is Lynda.com, an online video training library that can help you brush up on a variety of skills, or learn some new ones. They even offer a series to Improve Your Presentation Skills.
The Teaching and Learning Centre offers an extensive list of workshops. Some examples of workshops that may be useful for 3MT participants include: Breath Power, Posture and Pauses: Your Secret Allies for Public Speaking and Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connections
TLC also offers private voice sessions by appointment. For all of their workshops on voice and presentation skills, click here.
You can always find upcoming Graduate workshops through the Just in Time calendar: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/professional-development/justintime.html
Are you planning to present at the 3 Minute Thesis competition? Not sure yet? Join our kickoff for English as Additional Language graduate students and learn how you can leverage your multilingual skills for an effective 3MT presentation. Participants in the Kickoff will also be offered to request one-on-one consultations with CELLTR's Faculty Liaisons to discuss their 3MT pitch. Coffee and sweets will be provided!
Please note that we have postponed the Kickoff to February 5, 2019, 10 AM to 12 PM.
Time: 10 AM - 12 PM, Tuesday, February 5, 2019 (NEW DATE AND TIME)
Location: CELLTR, 1390 West Mall Centre
Strength in Diversity: Leveraging your plurilingual resources and cultural identity in academic communication
This session will highlight the resources and hidden strengths that International and EAL graduate students can bring to an English dominant university context. Strategies and ideas for delivering a memorable and unique thesis ‘pitch’ and making an impact when talking about one’s work will also be shared.
Facilitator: Dr. Valia Spiliotopoulos
Dr. Valia Spiliotopoulos is the Director of CELLTR and faculty member in the Faculty of Education. She was a multilingual graduate student in both French and English medium of instruction universities, and has worked for over 15 years with graduate students across the disciplines supporting them with academic communication, intercultural competency development, and instructional skills at the University of Toronto, UBC, UVic, and SFU.
Tips for Speaking Cleary in Professional Settings
Learn how to control your speaking pace, project more confidence, and boost your intelligibly and comprehensibility by speaking in message units.
Facilitator: Dr. Tim Mossman
Tim Mossman, Ph.D., is an educator, qualitative researcher, and English as an Additional Language (EAL) specialist. He has his Ph.D. in Education (Languages, Cultures, and Literacies) from Simon Fraser University. Tim coordinates the EAL Services in the Student Learning Commons (SLC), a position he has held since 2007. In this role, Tim contributes to and participates in SLC activities such as individual consultations with students, developing and presenting workshops and short -term courses, and mentoring graduate students and student peers, all with a focus on EAL support.
Questions? Ask Tomke at firstname.lastname@example.org