Current Year’s Courses

The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) ​offers a wide range of free non-credit courses throughout the academic year. Most of our courses have 12 hours of class contact time (two hours a week for six weeks), plus office hours and/or tutorials. GCAC offers five course sessions during the academic year, and each has its own registration date. In addition to classroom instruction, students receive individualized feedback on their written or oral work.​

Some of our courses are discipline-specific, while others target the different needs of native and non-native speakers of English. Our short courses build upon one another; this modular design enables students to create a program of study that will address their individual needs.

All students enrolled in a graduate degree program at U of T are eligible to register. Since demand exceeds supply, we request that students take any given course only once a year, with the exception of the proposal writing courses which may be taken in both the spring and the fall.​​​

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Current course schedule        
Registration & attendance policies

​​​​​Tentative 2019-2​020 S​​chedule​

September 2019 – Registration opens Friday, August 30th at 10:00 a.m.
October 2019 – Registration opens Tuesday, October 8th at 10:00 a.m.
January 2020 – Registration opens Monday, January 6th at 10:00 a.m.
February 2020 – Registration opens Thursday, February 6th at 10:00 a.m.
May 2020 – Registration opens Tuesday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m.    

​Full course titles can be found immediately below the chart. Some courses are division specific, as indicated in the course title and/or description.  The d​ivisional breakdown is as follows: Division 1 – Humanities, Division 2 – Social Sciences, Division 3 – Physical Sciences, and Division 4 – Life Sciences.

​Septembe​r October/November January February/March May
​ACS ACS ACS A​CS ACS
AW1 AW1​ ​AW1 AW1 AW1
AW2 AW2 AW2 AW2 AW2
​EDIT​ AW3 AW3EDIT AW3
OPS NS EDIT ISJOPS NS EDIT
OPS NNS OPS NS OPS NSOPS NNS OPS NS
OPS ProfMast OPS NNS OPS NNSOPS ProfMast OPS NNS
PRE OPS ProfMast OPS ProfMast RA 1/2​ OPS ProfMast
CIHR PRE PRE​   PRE
NSERC TH 1/2 RA 3/4  TH 3/4
SSHRC     CIHR
  NSERC
SSHRC​​​​

​​​​​Course Titles​​​

Click on the course title for the course description

​​​ACS – Academic Conversation Skills (for non-native speakers of English)
​​AW1 – Academic Writing 1: Focus on Essentials​ (for non-native speakers of English)
​​AW2 – Academic Writing 2: Focus on Grammar (for non-native speakers of English)
​​AW3 – Academic Writing 3: Focus on Style​ (for non-native speakers of English)
CIHR – Writing CIHR Proposals
EDIT 1/2 – Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work (Divisions 1 and 2)
EDIT 3/4 – Becoming a Better Editor of Your Own Work (Divisions 3 and 4)
ISJ – Introduction to Science Journalism
​​OPS – Oral Presentation Skills (for native and non-native speakers of English)
OPS (NS) – Oral Presentation Skills (for native speakers of English)
OPS (NNS) – Oral Presentation Skills (for non-native speakers of English)
OPS (ProfMast) – Oral Presentation Skills for Professional Master’s Students
PRE 1/2 – Prewriting Strategies for Developing and Organizing Your Ideas (Divisions 1 and 2​)
PRE 3/4 – Prewriting Strategies for Developing and Organizing Your Ideas (Divisions 3 and 4)
TH 1/2 – Thesis Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Divisions 1 and 2)
​TH 3/4 – Thesis Writing in the Physical and Life Sciences (Divisions 3 and 4)
RA 1/2 – Understanding the Research Article: Reading towards Writing (Divisions 1 and 2)
RA 3/4 – Understanding the Research Article: Reading towards Writing (Divisions 3 and 4)
NSERC – Writing NSERC Proposals
​SSHRC – Writing SSHRC Proposals (Humanities and Social Sciences