Workshops for ESL Students

Workshops found on this page are designed to support English language learning students with their development and understanding of the English language.  These workshops are recommended for students who are currently attending ESL classes or who believe that they can benefit from English language practice with speaking, listening and reading.  For workshops that focus on writing, CLICK HEREWorkshops are FREE to SBVC students!


Note on Enrollment in LST-606

Students who use any of the Writing Center's services may be automatically enrolled in the LST-606 noncredit course. Students will not be charged for the course, nor will it affect their GPA. It is used to document usage of services to help with apportionment funding for tutoring/learning services. For more information, click here.


Requirements and Policies for Workshops
  • Only SBVC students with an active student ID number may participate in any workshop offered by the Writing Center.
  • Anyone acting inappropriately or showing inappropriate content during workshop sessions may lose tutoring/workshop privileges and disciplinary action may be sought.
  • Anyone exhibiting rude or offensive behavior and/or language during workshop sessions may lose tutoring/workshop privileges and disciplinary action may be sought.

Workshop Tips and Reminders
  • For workshops provided ONLINE, registration for any workshop should be made at least 24 to 48 hours before the day of the workshop.
  • For workshops provided IN PERSON, no registration is required.
  • Participants need to be on time for workshops.  Participants who are late to a workshop may not be permitted entry into the workshop since it will interrupt the session.
  • Recordings and PowerPoint presentations for workshops are not available for distribution.  However, students may take notes and ask the presenter questions during the workshop presentations.

Instructions
  1. To attend a workshop, first look through the topics and workshop schedule listed below.
  2. When you have selected the workshop(s) that you wish to attend you may do one of the following options:
    • For IN PERSON workshops, no registration is required.  Simply go to the location on the day and time of the workshop.
    • For ONLINE workshops, registration is required.  Click on the registration link under the workshop topic and complete the registration process.  You must register for each workshop separately. Reminder:  You must be a currently enrolled student in order to register for workshops.       

      When you click on the registration link, you will be taken to a site called the SBCCD Portal.  Enter your User Name and Password as follows:

       

      Username Format:

       

      Student Username must be:

      <username>@student.sbccd.edu (Example: j.doe1234@student.sbccd.edu)

       

      The password is the same one that you use for SelfService.

       

      HELPFUL TIPS:  If you are experiencing difficulty with accessing the registration portal, try the following troubleshooting methods below.

       

      TROUBLESHOOTING METHOD 1:

        1.  Clear the history in your web browser and try accessing the registration link for 

            the workshop that you wish to attend.

        2.  If this doesn't work, copy and paste the following link into a different web

            browser and click Enter

            https://www.valleycollege.edu/student-services/tutoring-academic-support/writing-center/writing-center-workshops-for-esl-students.php

            For instance, if you are currently using Google Chrome, you might try accessing 

            your Zoom link in Firefox or Microsoft Edge.


      TROUBLESHOOTING METHOD 2:

        1.  Use Google Chrome and enter incognito mode by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + N on

             your keyboard.  Note:  Your screen will have a black background.
        2.  Copy and paste the following link into your browser while in incognito mode: 

             https://www.valleycollege.edu/student-services/tutoring-academic-support/writing-center/writing-center-workshops-for-esl-students.php
        3.  Click Enter.

        4.  Click on the registration link for the workshop that you wish to attend.


      If you are not able to register for a workshop and need immediate assistance, email the lead instructor, Dr. Lee, at dlee@valleycollege.edu .

 

For ONLINE workshops:   
  1. When you have successfully registered for a workshop, you will be provided with a Zoom link to access on the day and time of the workshop.

  2. Remember to copy the Zoom link that is provided at the end of your workshop registration.  You will need to access the link a few minutes before the scheduled time of your workshop to be admitted into the workshop.

  3. On the day and time of the workshop, access the Zoom link a few minutes before the workshop is scheduled to begin, and the workshop presenter will admit you into the workshop.

Verification of Workshop Attendance
  • To receive a verification email indicating workshop attendance, participants must attend and participate in the workshop.
  • For in person workshops, your presenter will provide you with a verification slip that you can present to your instructor or program.
  • For online workshops, you will receive a verification email.  Please see the instructions below for further instructions.
Instructions to Receive a Verification Email for Workshop Attendance
  1. At the beginning of the workshop, the presenter will request for you to complete an online attendance form to sign into the workshop. 
  2. At the end of the workshop, you will be asked to complete an online attendance form once more to sign out of the workshop.

Note:  You must complete the form completely and accurately in order to receive a verification email if you attended a workshop via Zoom.


Workshop Topics and Schedule
(Check this page weekly for new workshops.)

Workshops are FREE to SBVC students!

  • For IN PERSON workshops, no registration is required.
  • For ONLINE workshops, register using the links provided to receive a Zoom link.  An active student ID number is required.

Workshop Topics

Days

Times

                                                         
English Language Learning Workshop
(Focus on grammar and ESL Course Material)
 

Location:  In person in Liberal Arts building, room 201  

Mondays

Available from June 17 to July 29

12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.
Grammar Workshop for English Language Learners
 
Location:  In person in Liberal Arts building, room 201  
Tuesdays

Available from June 18 to July 30

12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.
ESL Conversation Group
 

Location:  In person in Liberal Arts building, room 201  

Wednesdays

Available from June 12 to July 24

Note:  Not available June 19

1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Pronunciation Workshop on the Sounds of American English


Location:  Online via Zoom  

[CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK]
Thursdays,

Available from June 13 to July 25

Note:  Not available July 4

2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Conversation Practice and Idiomatic Expression Awareness 

Location:  Online via Zoom  

[CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE ZOOM LINK]

Thursdays,

Available from June 20 to July 25

Note:  Not available July 4

5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.