Coming up in September at the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC)

What’s coming up in September at the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC)

Welcome to the 2021-22 academic year! During September, we hope you’ll check out all the support we offer U of T graduate student in the areas of academic writing and speaking.   Join us in our virtual classrooms as we offer expert guidance on how to improve your academic communication skills!  Below you’ll find information on what we’ll be offering in September.

Looking ahead:  Fall 2021 GCAC Courses

The next session of GCAC courses are starting in September; the schedule of what we’re offering is posted on our website.  Also take a look at the courses we’ll be teaching starting late-October; registration will open for those sometime in September, so keep checking our website for the exact dates. – or better yet, join our listserv (see below) and get first notice!

Workshops

During September, GCAC will offer a full slate of live workshops. These workshops require you to register in advance – as always, our website will provide the links you need and further details.

  • First up there’s an entire series devoted to meeting the needs of international graduate students entitled “Preparing for Academic Writing and Speaking in English”; workshop topics in this series include Small Talk, Email etiquette, Basic Grammar and Punctuation. These 90-minute sessions will run on Mondays at 1:30 EST starting Sept. 13.  For further details, just go to our website.
  • Second, we’ll be offering a 4-part series of workshops on the topic of Developing and Pitching a Research Project.  Topics will include organization of ideas, literature reviews and achieving clarity in your writing.  These 90-minute sessions start on Sept. 15th and will run on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 EST.  Once again, our website can provide further detail.  further details.
  • Finally, on Monday Sept. 27th at 4:00, we’ll be offering a workshop on how to deliver an effective oral presentation.

GCAC also has a wide range of prerecorded workshops on everything from boosting your productivity as a writer to strategies for writing research articles to brushing up on your email-writing skills! Just click the titles below for workshop descriptions and registration details. Once you register, you’ll receive a link to view the session you chose.  Below is a list of what’s currently available: 

PRERECORDED WORKSHOPS

GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE WORK
Preparing to Write a Grant Proposal by Dr. Jane Freeman
Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies by Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman
Becoming a Productive Writer by Dr. Rachael Cayley
The Craft of Revision by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Quoting & Paraphrasing: Working with Sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities by Dr. Peter Grav

IMPROVING ACADEMIC WRITING/SPEAKING IN THE SCIENCES
Creating Effective Figures by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Preparing Poster Presentations by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Writing CIHR Proposals by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Citation and Working with Sources in the Physical and Life Sciences by Dr. Peter Grav


WRITING ARGUMENTATIVE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH ARTICLES                                            
Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav                                                                            
Setting Up Your Argument: Writing Effective Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav
Writing Your Arguments and Conclusions by Dr. Peter Grav

WRITING IMRD (INTRODUCTION – METHODS – RESULTS -DISCUSSION) RESEARCH ARTICLES (for students in Divisions 2, 3 and 4)
Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav
The “I” in IMRD: Writing Effective Research Article Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav
The “M” in IMRD: Crafting Your Methods Section by Dr. Peter Grav
The “RD” in IMRD: Strategies for Successful Results and Discussion Sections by Dr. Peter Grav    

CULTIVATING GRADUATE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Making Requests Appropriately by Clare Nippard
Disagreeing Respectfully by Clare Nippard
Writing Emails with Your Audience in Mind by Clare Nippard
Building Your Academic Vocabulary by Lina Balsamo
Organizing Your Presentation by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Four PowerPoint Techniques for Academic Presentations by Dr. Matt Jones 
Focus and Listening in Online Meetings by Dr. Matt Jones

GCAC Writing Centre

The GCAC Writing Centre will be offering online individualized one-on-one synchronous writing support through appointments booked though our website. During these appointments, 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 are on our website

Stay Connected

  • Up to date information about what’s on at GCAC can always be found on our  website
  • Keep on top of all GCAC news and announcements by following us on Twitter: @UofTGCAC
  • Get weekly updates on all GCAC workshops and courses by subscribing to our listserv

As always – stay healthy, safe and positive! See you all in September!


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