What’s happening online at GCAC in October 2020

In keeping with ongoing pandemic, the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) has moved online to continue its work; while the venue may have changed, one thing that won’t is our commitment to providing support to U of T grad students.  Join us from wherever you are in the world in our virtual classrooms as we offer guidance on how to improve your academic writing and speaking skills!  Below you’ll find information on what we’ll be offering in October 2020.

GCAC Online Courses – Registration opens Oct. 6 at 10:00AM EDT 

For the October-November session at GCAC, we’ve programmed a wide array of online 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. Our courses run anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks. While we won’t ask you to do much extra work in our courses (we know how busy grad students are!), we will expect you to attend all class sessions.   

Here are the courses we’ll be offering in the upcoming term for International students: 

Academic Conversation Skills 

Academic Writing 1: Focus on Fundamentals 

Academic Writing 2: Focus on Grammar 

Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style (for students in the Humanities and Social Sciences) 

Oral Presentation Skills 

Thesis Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 

Understanding the Research Article (for students in the Physical and Life Sciences) 

Here are the courses we’ll be offering in the upcoming term for domestic students:

Oral Presentation Skills 

Thesis Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 

Understanding the Research Article (for students in the Physical and Life Sciences) 

Writing SSHRC Proposals (for Master’s students) 

Please note that GCAC courses require prior registration. As our courses tend to fill up quickly, you’re advised to register earlier, rather than later for any course you may be interested in. Registration opens Oct. 6 at 10:00AM EDT. 

Visit our website, where you’ll find full descriptions of our courses and instructions on how to register. All GCAC courses are free for U of T graduate students. 

Online GCAC Workshops  

Check out GCAC’s online workshops, which are all designed to help U of T graduate students improve their 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 find a full list of what’s available and how to register to view these sessions at this link.   


Throughout October, 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 can be found here

GCAC listserv 
Get weekly updates on all the courses and workshops GCAC offers for U of T graduate students!  To subscribe to the GCAC listserv, send an email to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca (upper or lower case is acceptable). In the BODY of the message, type a command of the 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

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