Every semester, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the Language Institute offer credit courses to help non-native English speaking graduate students improve their communication skills in English. These courses are a semester-long combination of in-class instruction and individual one-on-one meetings with the instructor.
CETL 8723: International Academic Writing [one credit]
In this class, students learn the cultural aspects of academic and technical writing, as well as the principles of organizing ideas clearly, completely, and cohesively. In addition, students will analyze common errors in both non-native and native advanced academic writing. Students will practice independent proofreading, editing, and also meet one-on-one with the instructor. Students will write biographies, perfect their resume, learn American-style email correspondence, and have the option to write acknowledgements, teaching and research statements, and journal paper reviews.
CETL 8797: English for Graduate Students [two credits]
This 2-credit class is designed to help graduate students become more accurate and fluent in both verbal and nonverbal English communication. The course is designed for students to work on fluency, accuracy, and appropriateness of spoken communication in order to help them participate more effectively and confidently in personal, academic, and professional situations.
CETL 8796: Presentation for International Students [two credits]
In this advanced oral presentation skills class, students will improve their presentation skills in order to be more successful in spoken interactions in academic and professional situations. Students in this class are required to attend an assessment/planning meeting and are also provided opportunities for individual tutorials throughout the semester.
CETL 8801-ITA: Communication Skills for International Graduate Teaching Assistants
This course helps students who are International Graduate Teaching Assistants (ITAs) at Georgia Tech develop the skills and strategies they need in order to carry out teaching responsibilities for their departments and communicate more effectively with undergraduate students in their classes. The course focuses on language use for instructional purposes and provides an orientation to American classroom culture and basic pedagogy. Language goals for the participants include clearer pronunciation, appropriateness in presentation of information, interaction and rapport with students, and improved listening comprehension. By the end of the course, students will be expected to successfully complete a number of teaching-related assignments.
Presenting Your Research: A Crash Course for International Scholars – short course (4 weeks)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 31 – February 23, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Skiles 314
This free 4-week crash course is designed to help international graduate and post-doc scholars who are preparing for upcoming oral presentations about their research. The course will focus on communication clarity, including organization, delivery (phrasing, pausing, intonation, stress, and vowel and consonant sounds), and non-verbal communication.
The class will meet two times a week and scholars will also meet with the instructor for one-to-one tutorial sessions to target individual pronunciation and oral communication challenges.
This course is intended for those who already have specific research they are working on and will likely present in the near future, but is open to any international GT graduate or post-doc scholar.
Katherine Samford, GT Language Institute
REGISTER at http://ctl.gatech.edu/node/585057