Activities at Our Centres, Fall 2006

Simon Fraser University, Learning and Instruction Development Centre

by Elizabeth Wallace -
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Among other offerings, LIDC is focussing on Speaking and Writing this fall, with the following three workshop series:

Speaking to be Heard: Developing effective voice & communication skills

Four Mondays, October 16 - November 6, 2006
12:30 - 3:30 pm

Eager to explore or expand your vocal skills? Looking for a supportive atmosphere where you can build and strengthen your voice over a four-week period? Each week, you will leave with practical skills and a greater understanding of:
* Strength & control - Alignment, breath support, and capacity work
* Colour & projection of ideas - Resonance, intonation, pitch, and range
* Clarity & sense of thought - Inquiry into the muscles of articulation
* Intention of sound - Relationship to acoustics
* Ease and confidence in communication - Presentation of a prepared lecture
* Vocal hygiene - Maintaining vocal health

 Preparing Writing-Intensive Courses (Series B)

Wednesday, November 1, 8 & 15
9:30 - 11:30
The Writing Intensive Learning Office (WILO) is responding to the new SFU requirement for undergrads to take "writing-intensive" or W courses as part of their program of study.  WILO offers workshops and support for professors who need to facilitate writing-intensive learning. The workshop series "Preparing for Writing-Intensive Courses" offers an introductory orientation to writing-intensive learning. The resources include SFU examples and instructional materials from across the disciplines. These workshops could provide an orientation and background for revising an existing course, or creating a new course.

The Speaker Within: Simple vocal and presentation skills to enhance your teaching

Wednesday, 20 December, 2006
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This 90-minute session will serve as an introduction to various elements of voice work, such as breath, alignment, vibration, resonance, and articulation. In a safe and supportive environment, each participant will be invited to experience the benefits of this work through various exercises. A lively and thought-provoking dialogue on the nature of communication, particularly as it relates to the dynamics of the classroom, will follow the more experiential aspect of the session.  Participants will leave this engaging and empowering workshop with a set of reliable and proven techniques that will allow them to reduce stress, strengthen their vocal apparatus, and connect at a deeper level with their students.

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