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The Winter 2019 Course and Workshop Schedule will be posted in mid-December

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October​ ​​2018 Course Schedule​​

​COURSE​DAY AND TIME​​DURATION
​​​   ​​ ​​Discipline -​Specific Courses ​​​​​​​​​​
​​​​​*Oral Presentation Skills for Professional Master's Students​ ​​​   6 weeks   Section 3Tues. 4:00 - 6:00Oct. 30 - Dec. 4
​​​​​*Prewriting Strategies for Developing and Organizing Your Ideas (Physical and Life Sciences)​
4 weeks​

Section 1

Thurs. 10:00 - 12:00

Oct. 25 - Nov. 15​
​​​​​Thesis Writing in the Physical and Life Sciences​5 weeks Section 1​Wed. 10:00 - 12:00Oct. 31 - Nov. 28​
​​​​    ​Courses for ​Native Speakers of English ​​
Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work
(Humanities and Social Sciences​)​

4 weeks   Sec​tion 1Fri. 10:00 - 12:00Nov. 2 - Nov. 23
*Oral Presentation Skills
(for native speakers of English)
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6 weeks​Section 4Wed. 2:00 - 4:00Oct. 31 - Dec. 5
​​​   ​​ ​​Courses for Non-Native Speakers of English ​​​​​​
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Academic Conversation Skills​ ​​​​ ​​ ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​
​6 weeks​​S​ection 8Mon. 10:00 - 12:00 
Oct. 29 - Dec. 3 
6 weeks​​Section 9​Thurs. 1:00 - 3:00Nov. 1 - Dec. 13**​

Academic Writing 1: Focus on Essentials​ ​​ ​​ ​ ​​ ​​ ​
​5 weeksSection ​6Fri. 1:00 - 3:00 Nov. 2 - Nov. 30
​5 weeksSection 7​​Mon. 2:00 - 4:00​Oct. 29 - Nov. 26

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Academic Writing 2: Focus ​on Grammar​ ​​ ​​ ​
5 weeksSection 2Thurs. 2:00 - 4:00Oct. 25 - Nov. 22
​5 weeksSection 3​Thurs. 6:00 - 8:00​​Nov. 1 - Nov. 29
Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style ​5 weeksSection 1​​Tues. 10:00 - 12:00Oct. 30 - Nov. 27​
​*Oral Presentation Sk​ills
(for non-native speakers of English)​ ​​ ​
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​6 week​s​​​​Section 5Mon. 2:00 - 4:00Oct. 29 - Dec. 3
6 weeks​Section 6​​Wed. 2:00 - 4:00​Oct. 31 - Dec. 5


** This section will not hold class on November 22, 2018



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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.

​​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. 

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. 

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

​​AW3 - Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style​ (for non-native speakers of English)

​The most advanced in our Academic Writing sequence, this course is designed for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve the style of their academic writing. The course helps students use their existing linguistic sensitivity to answer a number of key questions. How do the stylistic tendencies of English differ from those of other languages? How can writers accurately describe the work and ideas of other scholars without losing the clarity of their own voices? What strategies can writers use to produce smooth, readable texts that guide the reader from sentence to sentence, from paragraph to paragraph, and from chapter to chapter? Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style assumes that students already understand the essential attributes of academic writing at the graduate level and that they already have a solid command of English gramm​ar. It is therefore strongly recommended that students take this course only after they have completed Academic Writing 1 and 2.

Course duration: 5 weeks.

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

​EDIT 1/2 - Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work (Divisions 1 and 2) 

For native speakers of English in the Humanities and Social 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 humanities and social sciences.

Course duration: 4 weeks.

If you have any questions about the Becoming a Better Editor 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.

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​.​​

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​.​​

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 3/4 - Prewriting Strategies for Developing and Organizing Your Ideas (Divisions 3 and 4​)

For students in the Physical and Life Sciences.

This course is designed for graduate students who are conducting research towards a PhD or Master’s degree in the physical or life 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.​

​​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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​TH 3/4 - Thesis Writing in the Physical and Life Sciences (Divisions 3 and 4)​

Writing a thesis is often an unprecedented challenge in the life of a graduate student. This course is designed to assist students in the physical and life 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 sections of a thesis: introduction, literature review, method, results, discussion, and abstract. 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 physical and life sciences are welcome to enroll.

Course duration: 5 weeks.

If you have any questions about the Thesis Writing course, please contact Dr. Daniel Newman: daniel.newman@utoronto.ca​.

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