International students: What’s on at GCAC in January

Happy New Year from all of us at The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication!  

Here’s what going on at GCAC in January 2021…

Online GCAC Workshops – Live and Pre-recorded  

During January, we’ll be offering a wide range of live workshops, all aimed at helping you to improve your academic communication.  Here’s a list of what’s coming up – full descriptions of each session are available on the GCAC website. 

DEVELOPING AND PITCHING A RESEARCH PROJECT (for graduate students in all disciplines) 
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. All workshops by Dr. Jane Freeman 
Jan. 13, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal 
Jan. 20, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Strategies for Clarifying and Organizing Your Ideas Before You Write  
Jan. 27, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Writing a Literature Review that Demonstrates the Need for Your Research 

ACADEMIC WRITING AND SPEAKING IN ENGLISH (for multilingual graduate students) 
Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
Jan. 19, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Speaking Up and Being Heard in Academic Settings by Clare Nippard 
Jan. 26, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Writing Effective Academic Emails by Clare Nippard 
ADVANCED ACADEMIC ENGLISH (for multilingual graduate students) 
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. 
Jan. 20, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Improving Grammatical Correctness: Focus on Verb Tenses by Jordana Lobo-Pires 
Jan. 27, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Punctuation in Academic Writing: Improving Sense and Style by Jordana Lobo-Pires 

GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE WORK (for graduate students in all disciplines) 
Thurs. Jan. 28, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies by Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman 

Pre-recorded Workshops: Check out GCAC’s pre-recorded online workshops, which are all designed to help you improve your written and oral communication skills. On our website, you’ll find descriptions of a wide range of workshops you can watch anytime – on topics such as becoming a more productive writer, working with sources in your writing, communicating scientific information visually and honing your email etiquette. You’ll also find two workshop series to guide you in the writing of research articles – one for students in the humanities and social sciences, the other for those in the physical, life and social sciences writing up experimental (IMRD) studies. You’ll find a full list of what’s available and how to register to view these sessions at this link 

GCAC Online Writing Centre 

Throughout January, the GCAC Writing Centre will be offering online individualized one-on-one synchronous writing support through appointments booked though our website. During these sessions, you’ll meet with a writing consultant, who will work with you using audio/video, chat and a document-sharing whiteboard area. Full details on how to book an appointment can be found here

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We’re looking forward your joining us in January and throughout 2021!  

As always, stay healthy, safe and positive! 

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