Current Term's Courses

​​​​​​​​Winter 2019: ​Course and Workshop Schedule.pdf

​​​​​​​​​​​Registration is now open

​​Students may register in a maximum of two GCAC courses in the January session 

​​​Note: If you need to know the location of a course in which you are registered, please ​check your registration confirmation email. That email is sent to the address that is listed in your official U of T profile.

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January​ ​​2019 Course Schedule​​

​COURSE​DAY AND TIME​​DURATION
​​​   ​​ ​​Discipline -​Specific Courses ​​​​​​​​​​
*Introduction to Science Journalism3 weeks​Section 1​Sat. 9:30 - 12:30​Jan. 19 - Feb. 2   ​
​​​​​*Oral Presentation Skills for Professional Master's ​Students​ ​​​   6 weeks   Section 1Fri. 1:00 - 3:00Jan. 11 - Feb. 15
​6 weeks​Section 2​Mon. 6​:00 - 8:00​Jan. 14 - Feb. 11
​​​​​Thesis Writing in the Humanities and Social ​Sciences​5 weeks Section 1​Fri. 10:00 - 12:00Jan. 18 - Feb. 15​
*Understanding the Research Article: Reading Towards Writing (for students engaged in experimental research)5 weeksSection 1Thurs. 10:00 - 12:00Jan. 17 - Feb. 14​
​​​​    ​Courses for ​Native Speakers of English ​​
*Oral Presentation Skills
(for native speakers of English)
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6 weeks​Section 1Fri. 10:00 - 12:00Jan. 11 - Feb. 15
​​​   ​​ ​​Courses for Non-Native Speakers of English ​​​​​​

​​​Academic Conversation Skills​ ​​​​ ​​ ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​
​6 weeks​S​ection 1Thurs. 6:00 - 8:00 
Jan. 10 - Feb. 14
6 weeks​​Section 2​Wed. 10:00 - 12:00Jan. 16 - Feb. 20
Academic Writing 1: Focus on Essentials​ ​​ ​​ ​ ​​ ​​ ​​5 weeksSection ​1Fri. 1:00 - 3:00 Jan. 18 - Feb. 15
​​​Academic Writing 2: Focus ​on Grammar​ ​​ ​​ ​5 weeksSection 1Tues. 5:00 - 7:00Jan. 15 - Feb. 12
​*Oral Presentation Sk​ills
(for non-native speakers of English)​
​6 week​s​​​​Section 1Thurs. 10:00 - 12:00Jan. 10 - Feb. 14
6 weeks​Section 2​​Tues. 10:00 - 12:00​Jan. 15 - Feb. 19
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​Course Descriptions​​​​​​​​

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​​​ACS - Academic Conversation Skills (for non-native speakers of English)

This course is for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their listening and speaking skills in order to communicate more effectively in an academic environment. If you have difficulty participating in class discussion or speaking to your classmates and professors, this course is designed to meet your needs. Over six weeks, participants will gain confidence as they develop their ability to engage in academic dialogue. Through a series of class exercises that require active student participation, ACS focuses on topics such as how to present your ideas orally, how to disagree respectfully, and how to manage conversations sensitively.

Course duration: 6 weeks.

REGISTER     Section 1: Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, January 10 - February 14, Instructor: Clare Nippard

REGISTER     Section 2: Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, January 16 - February 20, Instructor: Clare Nippard

​​If you have any questions about the Academic Conversations Skills c​ourse, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: ​rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca.

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​​AW1 - Academic Writing 1: Focus on Essentials​ (for non-native speakers of English)

This class is designed for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve the overall quality of their academic writing. Students will learn to improve the formality of their writing; to make claims commensurate with their evidence; to create coherent paragraphs; to develop clear transitions; to enhance their academic vocabulary; to understand the correct use of verb tense in academic writing; and, overall, to see how academic writing in their new context may differ from writing they have done in the past. The goal of the course is to show graduate students some key strategies to improve their academic writing. This course is the first in our Academic Writing sequence; the second course—Academic Writing 2: Focus on Grammar—deals with grammatical issues and the third—Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style—tackles more sophisticated issues of style.

Course duration: 5 weeks. 

REGISTER     Section 1: Fridays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, January 18 - February 15, Instructor: Dr. Pejman Habibie

If you have any questions about which Academic Writing course is appropriate for you, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca.​

​​AW2 - Academic Writing 2: Focus on Grammar (for non-native speakers of English)

​This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve the grammatical correctness of their academic writing and understand the way grammatical structures are used in academic writing at the graduate level. Students will learn to self-diagnose their most common grammatical errors, to apply the key grammatical rules learned throughout the course, to develop strategies to enhance grammatical correctness, and to identify resources for improving their grammar. Specific topic areas covered in the course include maintaining subject-verb agreement, minimizing article errors, using relative clauses correctly, avoiding punctuation errors, and clarifying incorrect or vague pronoun references.

Course duration: 5 weeks. 

REGISTER     Section 1: Tuesdays, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, January 15 - February 12,​ Instructor: Lina Balsamo

If you have any questions about which Academic Writing course is appropriate for you, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca.

​​ISJ - Introduction to Science Journalism

This course is designed for graduate students with an interest in the communication of science in the news media. Science journalists play a key role in the public understanding of science by reporting on the results and implications of scientific research. The guiding principles and basic techniques of science journalism will be explored through examples from print and broadcast media and through exercises in class. The focus will be on how science becomes news, where science journalists find their stories, how they conduct interviews and assemble information and then translate the complexities of current research into plain language for a mass audience. The course will consider the changing relationship between science and journalism in an online news environment driven by social media. Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their written work.

Course duration: 3​ weeks.

REGISTER     Section 1: Saturdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, January 19 - February 2,​ Instructor: Ivan Semeniuk

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate St​udies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.

If you have any questions about the Introduction to Science Journalism course, please contact ​Dr. Rachael Cayley: ​rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca.

 

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OPS (NS) - Oral Presentation Skills (for native speakers of English)

Does the thought of standing in front of an audience to present your work make you nervous? Would you like to present your ideas more clearly and more confidently? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this course is for you. In this course, you will receive guidance on various aspects of presenting, such as how to structure presentations, to design visual aids, to manage nerves, and to handle the question period. You will have a valuable opportunity to learn from the presentations of others and to practice what you learn in front of an informed and supportive audience of your peers. As a member of that audience, you will be able to practice active observing to further improve both your listening and presenting skills. Students will have the opportunity to receive a digital recording of their own presentation. Please note that this course will not address the specific linguistic needs of non-native speakers of English.

Course duration: 5 weeks with an optional tutorial in the sixth week.

REGISTER     Section 1: Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, January 11 - February 15,​ Instructor: Ryan Sosna

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program. 

​If you have any questions about the Oral Presentation Skills course, please contact Dr. Peter Grav:​ peter.grav@utoronto.ca​.

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OPS (NNS) - Oral Presentation Skills (for non-native speakers of English)

Does the thought of standing in front of an audience to present your work make you nervous? Would you like to present your ideas more clearly and more confidently? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this course is for you. In this course, you will receive guidance on various aspects of presenting, such as how to structure presentations, to design visual aids, to mana​ge nerves, and to handle the question period. You will have a valuable opportunity to learn from the presentations of others and to practice what you learn in front of an informed and supportive audience of your peers. As a member of that audience, you will be able to practice active observing to further improve both your listening and presenting skills. Students will have the opportunity to receive a digital recording of their own presentation.

Course duration: 5 weeks with an optional tutorial in the sixth week​.​​

REGISTER     Section 1: Thursdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, January 10 - February 14,​ Instructor: Kate Reid

REGISTER     Section 2: Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, January 15 - February 19,​ Instructor: Jordana Lobo-Pires

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.

​If you have any questions about the Oral Presentation Skills course, please contact Dr. Peter Grav: peter.grav@utoronto.ca.

OPS (ProfMast) - Oral Presentation Skills for Professional Master's Students

This course is designed for professional Master’s students who want to be more effective speakers in their professional contexts. During the course we will consider the following topics: strategies for managing nerves, for handling difficult questions, and for designing effective slides, designing presentations for a range of audiences, decoding cultural assumptions in multicultural, multidisciplinary teams, and preparing for job interviews. Unlike GCAC’s other sections of Oral Presentation Skills, which focus largely on preparing lengthy research presentations for thesis defences and conference presentations, this section of the course will focus on short presentations of various types that will be chosen to reflect the professional contexts of the students in the course.​​

Course duration: 5 weeks with an optional tutorial in the sixth week​.​​

REGISTER     Section 1: Fridays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, January 11 - February 15,​ Instructor: Dr. Peter Grav

REGISTER     Section 2: Mondays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, January 14 - February 11,​ Instructor: Dr. Pejman Habibie​

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.

​If you have any questions about the Oral Presentation Skills course, please contact Dr. Peter Grav: peter.grav@utoronto.ca​.

R​A 3/4 - Understanding the Research Article: Reading towards Writing

For students engaged in experimental and population-based research​.

​What are the typical “moves” made in the Introduction section of a Research Article? Should you integrate your discussion with your results? How do you get readers to see the importance of your work? How much explaining should you do in your methodology section? These are typical questions for those involved in experimental research who wish to publish their findings. Graduate students spend a great deal of time reading research articles; however, when it comes to writing them, they often have difficulty following the example of what they have read. This course is designed to help graduate students engaged in experimental work write research articles by increasing their familiarity with the established forms of such articles. To do so, we will analyze the discourse strategies of articles that follow the basic pattern for reporting empirical research: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (IMRAD). The course will involve class discussion and close readings of articles drawn from representative fields of study. The course will also consider technical writing issues, such as what verb tense works for each section and strategic use of the passive or active voice. Students will also receive feedback on the research papers that they themselves are writing.

Course duration: 4 weeks with an optional tutorial in the fifth week.

REGISTER     Section 1: Thursdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, January 17 - February 14,​ Instructor: Dr. Peter Grav

This course is suitable for students whose work involves experimental research, that is, students from the physical, life, or social sciences who need to write articles that more or less follow the IMRAD format. If you have any questions about whether this course is appropriate for you, please contact Dr. Peter Grav for clarification: peter.grav@utoronto.ca.

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.

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​TH 1/2 - Thesis Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Divisions 1 and 2​)​

Writing a thesis is often an unprecedented challenge in the life of a graduate student. This course is designed to assist students in the humanities and social sciences who are encountering common problems in writing and structuring their theses. Over five weeks, we will consider how to approach and construct the various components of a thesis. In particular, we will look at the essential aspect of a thesis: articulating your own contribution. We will also discuss some useful strategies for productivity during the thesis writing process. Throughout, the emphasis will be on writing and on strategies to avoid common structural problems. Examples from completed theses will be used to clarify issues related to the structure and function of each section of a thesis; students will also have an opportunity to meet with the instructor and receive feedback on their own work. All graduate students who are currently writing their theses in the humanities and social sciences are welcome to enroll.

Course duration: 5 weeks.

REGISTER     Section 1: Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, January 18 - February 15,​ Instructor: Dr. Rachael Cayley​

If you have any questions about the Thesis Writing course, please contact Dr. Rachael Cayley: rachael.cayley@utoronto.ca​.

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