What’s upcoming at the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC)

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

We’re holding a special orientation session where you can learn about the courses, workshops, and one-on-one help we offer at GCAC, as well as how to register and take advantage of all the support we provide U of T graduate students.

When: September 6, 4:30-5:30 pm

Where: Bissell Building, 140 St. George St., Room 205

Registration opens for GCAC September-October courses on Sept 1 at 10:00 am

In the September-October session at GCAC, we’re offering a wide array of non-credit courses designed to make you a more effective writer, presenter and all-round communicator. GCAC has courses that can help improve your academic writing and speaking skills with separate sections targeting the needs of grad students who are non-native speakers of English and those whose first language is English. One course in particular that’s always of interest to incoming international grad students is “Academic Conversation Skills.” In our upcoming term, we are also offering two courses, one on speaking and one on writing, designed specifically for International Visiting Graduate Students and Postdoctoral fellows who are non-native speakers of English.

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 start up in September: one on “Developing and Pitching a Research Project,” the other aimed specifically at non-native speakers of English entitled “Academic Communication Skills for Multilingual Graduate Students.” 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 workshops 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.

Join the GCAC Listserv

Get weekly notices to keep informed of what’s happening at GCAC. 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 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.

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