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Workshops at the University of Aruba

May 17, 2016

The University of Aruba (UA) invites you to take part of different workshops given by dr. Beatriz Manrique. Dr. Beatriz M. Manrique Urdaneta is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Writing at the University of Zulia, Venezuela.

She teaches undergraduate courses in English as a second language, Critical thinking, and Writing Skills for Second Language Learners and Teachers of English as a foreign and second language.

At the Graduate School, she teaches the following subjects: General Linguistics, Textual Linguistics and Academic Writing. Her research interests and publications focus on the cognitive dimension of second language acquisition, with a special interest in second language writing.



1. Creativity for Teachers Relating and creating: two sides of the coin

Creativity has been on stage since 1950; however, its definition has faced a series of problems because of its multiple facets. One of them is the relationship found between creativity and motivation which is central for education as teachers keep looking into ways to boost students learning. Creative behaviour goes hand in hand with tenacity of purpose, passion, devotion, driving absorption and persistence. These characteristics are found in ordinary people trying to solve common problems. This is why for Sternberg creativity is a habit –a routine response- not completely accepted by school that insists it forms creative citizens. Therefore, to develop the habit of being creative, students should be offered opportunities to engage in that behaviour, encouraged to profit from any opportunity to act creatively and rewarded every time they think and behave creatively. According to Stenberg (2007), the present society demands creative responses to cope with tasks and situations that are novel to human beings. Therefore, it is necessary to think creatively to even survive nowadays. This workshop aims to make teachers aware of their own creativity while promoting creative situations and activities for their classes.
* Participants should bring a personal item to be used during the workshop; it could be anything e.g. a key ring, a toy, etc.


Date: June 7th, 2016
Time: 5 – 9 p.m.
Place: Room C, University of Aruba, J.E. Irausquinplein 4
Language: English
Entrance fee: AWG 200


2. Critical thinking (Basic thinking skills)

When looking up for a definition of the verb “to think” in the dictionary, you can read several definitions: to have a conscious mind, making rational decisions, to employ one’s mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation, to consider something as a possible action, to invent or conceive of something, to have consideration for someone. These definitions are not the only ones. Other sources will give you extra definitions; however, they all coincide closely with an action related to the brain used as a tool to create, to make decisions, to recall memories, to understand the world, among many others. The point is that it is an activity in which all humans engage. Some are very good at it, others -most of us- do it in an unskillful and erratic manner. The central idea of this workshop is to help participants realize the importance of thinking as a process and how it is applied when reading and writing. The workshop will review the three levels of reading: literal reading – what the text says-, inferential reading – what the text means-, and evaluative or interpretative reading – which presents a position, expresses the author’s intention, explains what the reader has concluded based on the text.


Date: June 1st & 8th, 2016
Time:  5 – 8 p.m.
Place:  Room B, University of Aruba, J.E. Irausquinplein 4
Language:  English
Entrance fee:  AWG 325


3. Academic Writing – Sharing academic information: a must for researchers

As the most common type of formal writing in schools and universities is purely academic, students should learn about the use of Academic Writing (AW) in order to demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired in such institutions. AW is a special genre of writing required in higher education to describe, explain, compare, analyze, discuss, summarize, and evaluate academic issues; in other words, to produce academic texts. The following written products are considered types or examples of AW:  reports and papers, exams, short answers on exams, research projects, and essays (analysis or critiques on a specific topic, issue, or problem). As these written products have their own pattern and organization as well as their own objectives, students need to learn not only about AW, but also about the process to produce an academic text accordingly. In this workshop, students will clarify the definition of AW as its understanding will lead to the improvement of their written production, to the discovery of their potentials for advanced writing and, finally, to the analysis and practice the most used types of paragraphs found in academic texts in their field.


Date: June 2nd, 6th, 9th, 13th, 2016
Time:  5 – 8 p.m.
Place:  University of Aruba, J.E. Irausquinplein 4
Language:  English
Entrance fee:  AWG 450
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