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Multilingual Studio

The Multilingual Studio offers a welcoming space for you as a multilingual student to develop your reading, writing and critical thinking skills. It's an opportunity to engage your multilingual abilities in enhancing your understanding of the genres and conventions of academic writing.

You will meet bi-weekly in sessions from 11:30am to 1:30pm, where you practice reading and writing strategies, get expert advice on how to incorporate effective academic moves in your written work, learn alongside motivated peers, and exchange ideas and learn from each other.

Our Studio is an inclusive, collaborative and interactive space. Our specialist instructor Dunja Baus uses a learning-through-doing experiential approach to promote an active and critical approach to key academic skills. The Multilingual Studio begins right after the Grammar On! workshop on selected days. Please refer to our the schedule below!

Hear Multilingual Specialist Dunja Baus speak about the Multilingual Studio

The Multilingual Studio is open for drop-in! Join our Studio by using the same Zoom link you would use for Grammar On!

For more information about the Multilingual Studio or Grammar On! you can contact Writing Centre Coordinator James Robertson at jroberts@yorku.ca.

Check out our Grammar On! and The Multilingual Studio Schedule!!! 

We often think of grammar as a series of scary rules about “what-not-to-do”, but grammar is an awesome tool you can use to write more effective sentences and increase your range of syntactical choices.   

Come join Dunja this Wednesday at 10:30am in the Writing Centre’s Grammar On! series of workshops – and every other week, stay after Grammar On! for extended play in the Multilingual Studio (11:30-1:30). The workshop is open to all students who want to learn to construct effective and beautiful sentences that say what you want them to say.  

 

Workshop 1: Are You Clause-trophobic?

Sept. 28, 2022 @10:30 - 11:30 am


If thinking about independent and dependent clauses gives you clausetrophobia, step out of your zoom-room and into ours this Thursday for a fun and engaging lesson on clauses, and how to make them move!

Workshop 2: Feeling Comma-tose?

Oct. 19, 2022 @10:30 - 11:30 am


Comma on out of the mid-term blues to learn about commas, commas, and commas, and how to use them expertly!   

Workshop 3: Feeling Tense about Time?

Nov. 2, 2022 @10:30 - 11:30 am


Do you feel tense when you think about time? Then make time this week to come talk about the 13 ways of Looking at Time in English sentences! In this Wednesday’s Grammar On!, you’ll not only learn how to time-travel in your academic essays, but you’ll also discover that the past and present are both “simple” and “perfect”.  

Workshop 5: It's All Correlative!

Nov. 16, 2022 @10:30 - 11:30 am


Let’s connect and correlate! Come to this Wednesday's Grammar On! to learn how the correlative conjunctions add focus and force to your sentences.  

Workshop 7: Should I Use "That" or "which"? and What's the Difference?

Nov. 30, 2022 @10:30 - 11:30 am


A lot of us are confused about when to use “that” and when to use “which”. “Which” might sound fancier in a sentence, but it’s not always your best grammatical choice. Come to this week’s Grammar On! and learn how – and when - to use “that” and “which” with purpose and pizzazz.

Workshop 8: Verb that Noun!

Dec. 7, 2022 @10:30 - 11:30 am (Grammar On!) & 11:30 am - 1:30pm (The Multilingual Studio)


Are you in the habit of disguising perfectly good verbs in those bloated drag-your-sentence-to-a-slow-and-heavy-crawl nouns called nominalizations? Come to this week’s Grammar On! and learn how to quicken the pulse and the pace of your sentences. Come learn how to verb that noun!!  

And stay after Grammar On! today for The Multilingual Studio where we will continue our conversation about how to pick up the pace in your academic sentences. 


Workshop 4: Let's Get Active! (And, Of Course, Passive, Too But With a Purpose)

Nov. 9, 2022 @10:30 - 11:30 am (Grammar On!) & 11:30 am - 1:30pm (The Multilingual Studio)


Unsure about when to use Active Voice or Passive Voice in your academic essays? Come to this Wednesday’s Grammar On! and learn how to use voice with purpose and confidence! 

And stay after Grammar On! today for The Multilingual Studio where we will continue our conversation about voice, and practice making active and passive sentences with academic purpose! 

Workshop 6: What's This?

Nov. 23 @10:30 - 11:30 am (Grammar On!) & 11:30 am - 1:30pm (The Multilingual Studio)


Name that this! 

Which this?  

That this.   

Wait, whuuut? 

That this there. Name that this.   

But to which this are you referring?  

This this here.

Wait - this is going nowhere.  

Exactly my point.. 

 This is vague reference. Let's learn how to avoid this, lol, in this week's Grammar On!

And stay after Grammar On! today for The Multilingual Studio where we will continue our conversation about how to make “this” – and “that” - matter in your academic sentences.