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​​​GCAC Fall 2018: Course and Workshop Schedule.pdf

Registration is now open​

​​​​S​tudents may register in two GCAC courses in the September 2018 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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September​ ​​2018 Course Schedule​​

​COURSE​DAY AND TIME​​DURATION
​​​   ​​ ​​Discipline -​Specific Courses ​​​​​​​​​​
​​​​​*Oral Presentation Skills for Professional Master's Students​ ​​​   6 weeks   Section 1Thurs. 6:00 - 8:00Sept. 13 - Oct 18
​6 weeksSection 2​Fri. 1:00 - 3:00​Sept. 21 - Oct. 26​
​​​​​*Prewriting Strategies for Developing and Organizing Your Ideas (Humanities and Social ​Sciences)​
4 weeks​

Section 1

Wed. 2:00 - 4:00

Sept. 19 - Oct 10​
​​​​​*Writing CIHR Proposals
(Physical and Life Sciences)​
​3 weeks Section 1​Mon. 5:00 - 7:00Sept. 10 - Sept. 24​
​​​​​*Writing NSERC Proposals
(Physical and Life Sciences)​
3 weeks​ Section 1​Mon. 2:00 - 4:00Sept. 10 - Sept. 24​
​​​​​​​*Writing SSHRC Proposals
(Humanities and ​Social Sciences)​
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3 weeks​ Section 1Mon. 4:00 - 6:00​Sept. 17 - Oct. 1​
3 weeks​Section 2​Fri. 10:00 - 12:00​Sept. 28 - Oct. 12​
​​​​    ​Courses for ​Native Speakers of English ​​
Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work
(Physical and Life Sciences​)​

4 weeks   Sec​tion 1Wed. 10:00 - 12:00Sept. 26 - Oct. 17

*Oral Presentation Skills
(for native speakers of English)
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6 weeks​Section 1Wed. 2:00 - 4:00Sept. 12 - Oct. 17
6 weeks​Section 2​Tues. 10:00 - 12:00​Sept. 18 - Oct. 23​
​6 weeks​Section 3​Wed. 6:00 - 8:00Sept. 19 - Oct. 24
​​​   ​​ ​​Courses for Non-Native Speakers of English ​​​​​​
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Academic Conversation Skills​ ​​​​ ​​ ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​
​6 weeks​​S​ection 1Mon. 6:00 - 8:00 
Sept. 10 - Oct. 22** 
6 weeks​​Section 2​Tues. 4:00 - 6:00Sept. 11 - Oct. 16​
​6 weeksSection 3​​Wed. 10:00 - 12:00Sept. 12 - Oct. 17
​6 weeksSection 4​​Thurs. 10:00 - 12:00Sept. 13 - Oct. 18
6 weeks​Section 5​​Fri. 10:00 - 12:00​Sept. 14 - Oct. 19
6 weeks​​Section 6​Thurs. 1:00 - 3:00Sept. 20 - Oct. 25
​6 weeks​Section 7​Fri. 1:00 - 3:00​Sept. 21 - Oct, 26​




Academic Writing 1: Focus on Essentials​ ​​ ​​ ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​
​5 weeksSection ​1Fri. 1:00 - 3:00 Sept. 14 - Oct. 12
​5 weeksSection 2​​Mon. 1:00 - 3:00​Sept. 17 - Oct. 22**​
5 weeks​Section 3​​Tues. 5:00 - 7:00​Sept. 18 - Oct. 16
5 weeks​​Section 4​Wed. 10:00 - 12:00​Sept. 19 - Oct. 24***​
​5 weeksSection 5​​Thurs. 2:00 - 4:00​Sept. 20 - Oct. 18
Academic Writing 2: Focus on Grammar​ ​​5 weeksSection 1Tues. 10:00 - 12:00Sept. 18 - Oct. 16



​*Oral Presentation Sk​ills
(for non-native speakers of English)​ ​​ ​
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6 week​s​​​​Section 1Mon. 10:00 - 12:00Sept. 10 - Oct. 22**
6 weeks​Section 2​​Thurs. 5:00 - 7:00​Sept. 13 - Oct. 18
6 weeks​Section 3​​Tues. 2:00 - 4:00​Sept. 18 - Oct. 23
6 weeks​Section 4​​Fri. 11:00 - 1:00​Sept. 21 - Oct. 26

**This section will not hold class on Monday, October 8 - Thanksgiving

*** This section will not hold class on Wednesday, October 10


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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: Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00, Sept. 10  Oct. 22 (no class on Oct. 8) - Instructor: Dr. Katie Fry

REGISTER     Section 2: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00, Sept. 11  Oct. 16 - Instructor: Cristina D'Amico

REGISTER     Section 3: Wednesdays, 10:00 - 12:00, Sept. 12  Oct. 17 - Instructor: Jade Kim

REGISTER     Section 4: Thursdays, 10:00 - 12:00, Sept. 13  Oct. 18 - Instructor: Dr. Paulie McDermid

REGISTER     Section 5: Fridays, 10:00 - 12:00, Sept. 14  Oct. 19 - Instructor: Clare Nippard

REGISTER     Section 6: Thursdays, 1:00 - 3:00, Sept. 20  Oct. 25 - Instructor: Julie Prior

REGISTER​​     Section 7: Fridays, 1:00 - 3:00, Sept. 21  Oct. 26 - Instructor: Dr. Pejman Habibie

​If you have any questions about the Academic Conversations Skills c​ourse, please contact Dr. Jane Freeman: ​jane.freeman@​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 - 3:00, Sept. 14  Oct. 12 - Instructor: Dr. Rachael Cayley

REGISTER     Section 2: Mondays, 1:00 - 3:00, Sept. 17  Oct. 22 (no class on Oct. 8) - Instructor: Dr. Katie Fry​

REGISTER     Section 3: Tuesdays, 5:00 - 7:00, Sept. 18  Oct. 16 - Instructor: Lina Balsamo

REGISTER     Section 4: Wednesdays, 10:00 - 12:00, Sept. 19  Oct. 24 (no class on Oct. 10) - Instructor: Dr. Peter Grav

REGISTER     Section 5Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:00, Sept. 20  Oct. 18 - Instructor:​ Dr. Daniel Newman

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, 10:00 - 12:00, Sept. 18  Oct. 16 - Instructor: Dr. Rachael Cayley

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

CIHR - Writing CIHR Proposals 

This three-week course is open to students who are applying for CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) Master’s and Doctoral Research Awards. In three two-hour classes, we will examine the specific features of successful grant proposals and bring to light common errors that lead to bad proposals. As well, we will be looking at examples of winning proposals. Students are expected to work on their own draft proposals, and individualized feedback will be available to course participants. While several of the concepts examined will also be of relevance to students applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), the focus of the course is on writing an effective CIHR proposal. (Check with your department regarding your eligibility to apply for funding through CIHR and/or OGS.)

Course duration: 3 weeks.​

REGISTER​     Section 1: Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00, Sept. 10  Sept. 24 - Instructor: Dr. Peter Sabatini

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 CIHR c​ourse, please contact Dr. Peter Sabatini: peter.sabatini@utoronto.ca​.

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​EDIT 3/4 - Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work (Divisions 3 and 4) 

For native speakers of English in the Physical and Life Sciences.

​Editing is a vital skill for graduate students. Most academic writers struggle to produce reader-worthy first drafts; becoming a better editor is what allows us to transform our early efforts into effective final drafts. Skill as an editor also helps us to revise our documents for different purposes. This four-week course is designed to introduce graduate students to a range of strategies for improving our own texts. We will look at strategies for correctness, clarity, concision, and coherence. Classes are practical and focused on issues that are commonly found in graduate student writing; students will also have an opportunity to meet with the instructor and receive feedback on their own work. Note: This section of the course is designed for graduate students working in the physical and life sciences.Course duration: 4 weeks.

Course duration: 4 weeks.

REGISTER     Section 1: Wednesdays, 10:00 - 12:00, Sept. 26  Oct. 17 - Instructor: Dr. Daniel Newman

If you have any questions about the Becoming a Better Editor course, please contact Dr. Daniel Newman: daniel.newman@utoronto.ca.

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NSERC - Writing NSERC Proposals

​This three-week course is open to students who are applying for NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Postgraduate scholarships (PGS M and PGS D). While several of​ the concepts examined will also be of relevance to students applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), the focus of the course is on writing an effective NSERC proposal. (Check with your department regarding your eligibility to apply for funding through NSERC and/or OGS.) Each week during the two-hour lecture, the instructor will examine the specific features of good and bad proposals. Students are expected to work on their own proposals and to submit them in class for feedback. Feedback is available to course participants through written comments on students' draft proposals and through individual consultations.​

Course duration: 3 weeks.

REGISTER​     Section 1: Mondays, 2:00 - 4:00, Sept. 10  Sept. 24 - Instructor: Dr. Daniel Newman

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 Becoming a Better Editor course, please contact Dr. Daniel Newman: daniel.newman@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.

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

REGISTER     Section 1: Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00, Sept. 12  Oct. 17 - Instructor: Cristina D'Amico

REGISTER     Section 2: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 12:00, Sept. 18  Oct. 23 - Instructor: Dr. Trevor Cook

REGISTER     Section 3: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00, Sept. 19  Oct. 24 - Instructor: Ashley Williamson

​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: Mondays, 10:00 - 12:00, Sept. 10  Oct. 22 (no class on Oct. 8) - Instructor: Dr. Rachael Cayley

REGISTER     Section 2: Thursdays, 5:00 - 7:00, Sept. 13  Oct. 18 - Instructor: Kate Reid

REGISTER     Section 3: Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:00, Sept. 18  Oct. 23 - Instructor: Dr. Peter Grav

REGISTER     Section 4: Fridays, 11:00 - 1:00, Sept. 21  Oct. 26 - 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: Thuresdays, 6:00 - 8:00, Sept. 13  Oct. 18 - Instructor: Cristina D'Amico

REGISTER     Section 2: Fridays, 1:00 - 3:00, Sept. 21  Oct. 26 - Instructor: Jennifer Reddock

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​.

PRE 1/2 - Prewriting Strategies for Developing and Organizing Your Ideas (Divisions 1 and 2​)

For students in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This course is designed for graduate students who are conducting research towards a PhD or Master’s degree in the humanities or social sciences. In order for a research paper to be clear to readers, it must first be crystal clear in the mind of its author. Whether you are writing a course paper, a journal article, or a thesis, this course will help you clarify in your own mind the content and structure of your argument before you begin to write. Participants will be introduced to a range of strategies for developing and organizing their ideas – strategies such as organizing notes through key words, outlining, diagramming, use of Aristotle's Topics, etc. – and will be encouraged to consider which strategies work best given their own learning styles. Drawing on techniques from classical rhetoric, the course will give students the chance to practice strategies for investigating and organizing ideas at both the pre-writing and mid-writing stages.

Course duration: 4 weeks.​

REGISTER     Section 1: Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00, Sept. 19  Oct. 10 - Instructor: Dr. Jane Freeman​

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 Prewriting Strategies​ course, please contact Dr. Jane Freeman: jane.freeman@utoronto.c​a.

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​SSHRC - Writing SSHRC Proposals (Humanities and Social Sciences)

This 3-week course is designed for students in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are applying for SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Master’s Scholarships or Doctoral Awards. While several of the concepts examined will also be relevant to students applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and OGS applicants are welcome to register, the focus of the course is on writing an effective SSHRC proposal. (Check with your department regarding your eligibility to apply for funding through SSHRC and/or OGS.) The course will examine specific features of good and bad proposals and provide students the opportunity to see sections of winning SSHRC proposals and to submit their own draft proposals for feedback. Feedback will be available to course participants through written comments on students' draft proposals and through individual consultations.

Course duration: 3 weeks.

REGISTER     Section 1: Mondays, 4:00 - 6:00, Sept. 17  Oct. 1 - Instructor: Dr. Jane Freeman​

REGISTER​     ​Section 2: Fridays, 10:00 - 12:00, Sept. 28  Oct. 12 - Instructor: Dr. Peter Grav​

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 Writing SSHRC Proposals​ course, please contact Dr. Peter Grav: peter.grav@utoronto.ca​.

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