Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (formerly English Language and Writing Support)

​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC). GCAC provides graduate students with advanced training in academic writing and speaking. GCAC was formerly known as the Office of English Language and Writing Support (ELWS).  This name change does not reflect any change in mandate or programming; the new name simply serves to emphasize the type of support we offer to all graduate students at U of T.  

Graduate students need to be able to communicate sophisticated information to sophisticated audiences. As you prepare to attend your first conference, to write your first proposal, or to publish your first paper, you will need stronger communication skills than those needed in undergraduate work. By emphasizing professional development rather than remediation, GCAC can help you cultivate the ability to diagnose and address the weaknesses in your oral and written work.

GCAC offers five types of support designed to target the needs of both native and non-native speakers of English: non-credit courses, single-session workshops, individual writing consultations, writing intensives, and a list of additional resources for academic writing and speaking.

All of our programs are free. While the workshops function on a drop-in basis, writing centre consultations require an appointment, and courses and writing intensives require registration.

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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.

We have a new name! We are now the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC), formerly English Language and Writing Support.

February/March 2018 course registration is now open. Please visit our course schedule​ for course descriptions and registration information​.

​International Visiting Graduate Students (IVGS) are not eligible for all GCAC courses; however, this winter we are offering specific courses for IVGS. Registration for these courses is now open. Please visit our course schedule​ for course descriptions and registration information for IVGS courses. IVGS are ineligible for Writing Centre appointments; however,​ they are welcome to attend GCAC workshops. ​

Postdoctoral Fellows are welcome to attend GCAC workshops; however, they are ineligible for GCAC courses and Writing Centre appointments.

​​Writing Centre appointments are available for booking.

Please note: Our office has temporarily relocated to 704 Spadina Avenue, 2nd Floor (west side of Spadina, north of Sussex).