Workshop Portfolio


The Evansville Area Inventor & Entrepreneurs Club

June 12th, 2013 | It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It
Evansville, WI
Have you ever had a conversation go completely sideways and the meaning of your words become lost? Alternately, have you ever been offended by someone else’s well-meaning advice or critique? Effective communication can be a challenge even between native speakers of the same language because those speakers often have contradictory ideas of what is the most appropriate style for expressing goals, concerns and criticisms.


PWoW: Professional Women of Wisconsin

April 16th, 2013 | Going Pro with Pronouns: Using personal pronouns to grow professional relationships
Madison, WI
What is the most powerful word in the English language? We. This two-letter word creates relationships and group identities. It can connect people and move people to action. However, it can also create exclusion of and opposition to anyone not included within that we. In this presentation, Sable Schwab will hold a workshop on how to use pronouns to impress people in both professional and personal spheres and to effectively lead teams and groups.

aaaAAA: American Anthropology Association

November 18th, 2012 | Good Writing is in the ‘I’ of the Beholder: How undergraduate students learn to engage with academic discourse
San Francisco, CA
Ethnographers have begun to take an interest in studying the universities in which they work. However, there is limited anthropological research that has been done in terms of one of the most significant aspects of university life: academic writing. In this presentation, Sable argued that the undergraduate student’s journey towards participation in academic discourse involves dialogic processes that shape students’ and teachers’ ideas of authorship and academic identities.

MidTESOL: Midwest Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages

October 21st, 2011 | Spelling Success with 3 Cs: Culture, Communication, & Classrooms
St. Louis, MO
Since English as a second language students are also students of culture and not just language, Sable argued that we should teach them to adopt the practices of the people who study culture (anthropologists) and use ethnographic methods to better understand culture. In this presentation, Sable  discussed how we can translate ethnographic methods into teaching methods, and discussed the benefits of doing so.