What’s Coming Up at GCAC this September

Find out all about the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC)

GCAC is a special unit within the School of Graduate Studies that’s dedicated to helping U of T graduate students improve their communication skills. Find out all about us on our website, where you can learn about the courses, workshops, and one-on-one help we offer, as well as how to register and take advantage of all the support we provide U of T graduate students.

Registration open for GCAC September-October courses

For the September-October session at GCAC, we’ve programmed a wide array of non-credit courses designed to make you a more effective writer, presenter and all-round communicator. We offer writing and speaking courses, with separate sections designed to meet the needs of grad students whose first language is English and those who are non-native speakers of English. Of particular interest to graduate students at this time of year are our 3-week courses on how to write effective grant proposals, with separate sections for SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR applicants.

Please note that GCAC courses require prior registration. Visit our website, where you’ll find full descriptions of our courses and instructions on how to sign up. All GCAC courses are free for registered U of T graduate students.

GCAC Workshops in September

GCAC offers a wide variety of 90-minute workshops, each focusing on a specific aspect of academic communication.

Two workshop series will be starting up in September: the first, Academic Writing and Speaking in English is five sessions designed for graduate students whose first language is not English; the second, Developing and Pitching a Research Project is aimed at all U of T graduate students.

Look also for individual sessions late in September on writing grant proposals (Sept. 23) and strategies to improve your academic writing (Sept. 30).  Multilingual U of T grad students should also take note of our workshop on Sept. 26 designed to help improve your informal speaking skills.

Please visit our website, where you’ll find descriptions of all our workshops and a full Fall schedule, so you can plan in advance. ​No registration is required for GCAC workshops, and all members of the University of Toronto community are welcome to attend as many sessions as they wish.

Writing Centre Consultations

One-on-one consultations are available for graduate students who seek individualized assistance with their writing. In these 40-minute sessions, trained instructors work with you to improve your capacity to plan, write, and revise your academic assignments. Instructors do not edit for you; they teach you to revise and edit your own work. The appointments can be booked online. Appointments are usually released for booking two to three weeks in advance of the actual appointment dates.

GCAC listserv

Get advance notice of our schedule and receive weekly reminders of our courses and workshops by subscribing to the GCAC listserv! Just send an email to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca (upper or lower case is acceptable). In the BODY of the message, type a command using the following form: subscribe gcac-l firstname lastname

You will then receive a “Command Confirmation Request” email. You must reply to that email with “ok” written in the body of the email. Doing so will complete the subscription process. Please note: If you have an automatic signature in your email, please remove it when sending and replying to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca.

For more information on the offerings listed above, please visit the GCAC website.

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