What’s coming up at SGS’s Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC)

GCAC Courses

For the second half of the winter term, the Graduate Centre for Academic Communications (GCAC) is offering a wide array of non-credit courses designed to make you a more effective writer, presenter and all-round communicator. GCAC offers writing and speaking courses, with separate sections designed to meet the needs of graduate students whose first language is English and those who are non-native speakers of English. Courses include all three sections of our Academic Writing series, Academic Conversation Skills and Oral Presentation Skills. All GCAC courses are free for registered U of T graduate students.

Registration opens Thursday, February 6 at 10 am for the next round of GCAC academic writing and speaking courses. Check out the schedule on the GCAC website. Register early to avoid disappointment!

GCAC Winter Workshops

GCAC offers a wide variety of 90-minute workshops, each focusing on a specific aspect of academic communication. No registration is required for GCAC workshops, and all members of the University of Toronto community are welcome to attend as many workshops as they wish.

In February, take part in a workshop series specifically targeting international students, Academic Writing and Speaking in English; this series runs on Tuesday mornings and session topics include “Grammatical Correctness,” “Punctuation” and “Reading Efficiently and Effectively.” 

The Foundational Skills workshop series wraps up with two sessions in early February:  one on improving your listening strategies, the other on effective note-taking. On February 5, take part in “Communicating Clearly to Your Target Audience”, and on February 24, you can learn the ins and outs of “Writing Literature Reviews.” 

Visit the GCAC website for workshop descriptions and a full winter schedule, so you can plan in advance. ​

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. While our instructors won’t edit for you, they will teach you strategies to revise and edit your own work. The appointments can be booked online two to three weeks in advance.

Join the GCAC listserv

Keep up-to-date on everything we have to offer via the GCAC listserv by following the following steps:

  1. Send an email to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca (upper or lower case is acceptable).
  2. In the BODY of the message, type a command using the following form: subscribe gcac-l firstname lastname. Note: If your email has an automatic signature, please remove it when sending and replying to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca.
  3. You will then receive a “Command Confirmation Request” email.
  4. Reply to that email with “ok” written in the body of the email. Doing so will complete the subscription process.

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

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