International graduate students have many options to improve their communication skills in English. These options range from semester-long courses for credit to workshops given campus wide or through your department. Please review the options below to find the best option to meet your need and your time availability. If you are not sure what option would work best for you, please let us know. We are happy to provide you guidance in finding what would help you reach your goals.
Support for International Teaching Assistants (ITA)
The Language Institute will offer workshops on various ITA topics, including Building Rapport and Empathy in the Classroom, Instructional English for ITAs, Understanding Your Own Pronunciation Challenges, and Using Pronunciation to Get Your Point Across.
WORKSHOP 1: INSTRUCTIONAL ENGLISH FOR INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Tuesday September 25, 2018
Skiles Building Room 256
If we think of teaching as a road trip, then the teacher is the driver. It is important for a teacher to be able to contextualize, guide, and frame a class lesson in clear teaching language. How do you let your students know that class is starting? Can you deliver an organized, coherent lecture? Do you know how to smoothly transition through activities in a lesson? What is an impactful way to end class? Attend this workshop to learn more about how to effectively signpost (give directions) and confidently use classroom English.
WORKSHOP 2: OVERCOMING YOUR OWN PRONUNCIATION CHALLENGES
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
DM Smith Building Room 207
Have you ever felt frustrated because the person you are talking to doesn’t understand you and you can’t figure out why? Could you identify those “blockers” and “distractors” in pronunciation that are interfering with others’ ability to comprehend your speech? Attend this workshop to learn tools that will help you self-monitor for your personal language barriers in order to improve communication in the classroom as well as in personal interactions.
WORKSHOP 3: BUILDING RAPPORT AND EMPATHY IN THE CLASSROOM FOR INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Thursday October 4, 2018
In a recent national survey, American students rated approachability, friendliness, and student awareness as the top three desired teacher characteristics. As teaching assistants, how can you support students to exemplify these traits? In this workshop, you will engage in activities that will challenge your cultural assumptions and perspectives in order to gain insight into understanding and connecting with students. You will role-play teaching scenarios to practice relationship-building and explore the concept of teaching with empathy.
WORKSHOP 4: USING PRONUNCIATION TO GET YOUR POINT ACROSS
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
O’Keefe Building Room 116
In this workshop, you will learn features of North American pronunciation that are important in communicating effectively. By modifying your speech even slightly, your speaking will become much easier to understand. You will learn about pausing and word stress for emphasis, intonation to indicate questions or doubt, and rhythm for sounding more fluent. You will learn tools that will help you hear these features in English and start adding them to your speech.
For more information on our workshops, please contact Katherine Samford at email@example.com.
Upon request, one of our instructors will come to observe an international teaching assistant in action. After the observation, the instructor will meet with the ITA for a one-on-one individual consultation to discuss teaching assistant strengths, identify areas for growth, and explore new strategies.
If you are interested in this option, contact Katherine Samford at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the observation.
Language Institute language professionals are also available for teaching assistant coaching. An ITA may schedule a one-hour one-to-one coaching session to explore issues and resolve challenges in teaching assistant responsibilities.
For Fall 2018, sessions will be available at the followings times through Friday, November 30:
- Mondays 10:00-11:00 AM
- Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 AM
- Thursdays 10:00-11:00 AM
- Fridays 10:00-11:00 AM
All sessions will be held in Room 120 the Language Institute's offices in the O'Keefe Building.
To schedule a coaching session, you must click the button below and create an account. You will then be able to select the date and time you wish to schedule a session.
Our Language Institute instructors can conduct a screening assessment to help international teaching assistants find appropriate support services.
If you would like to schedule a screening, please contact Karen Tucker at email@example.com.
Courses for all Georgia Tech Graduate Students
Semester Courses for Credit
Every semester, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CTL) 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: Academic Writing for International Graduate Students
CETL 8723-C TR 3:00-3:50 PM
CETL 8723-D MW 12:00-12:50 PM
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 8796: Presentation Skills for International Graduate Students
CETL 8796-A MW 10:10-11:00 AM
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 8797: Oral Communication for International Graduate Students
CETL 8797-A MW 12:20-1:10 PM
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.
|How to Register for Semester Courses for Credit|
Students can register for these classes like they do all other credit courses on the GT Oscar website and search by semester and then by subject code CETL (Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning).
Short Courses (Non-Credit)
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to students who successfully complete these courses. Students will receive a grade of “S” (Satisfactory) or “UE” (Unsatisfactory) based on attendance and participation in this 12-hour workshop. Students who attend and participate fully in at least four of the six meetings (eight of the 12 hours) will receive a grade of "S" and 1.2 (CEUs). Students who attend and participate in less than four of the six meetings (less than eight of the 12 hours) will receive a grade of "UE" and will not receive any CEUs.
Students can apply for a short course by completing the corresponding online application form below. Space will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. If the course has a tuition fee, enrollment will not be confirmed until payment has been submitted.
When required, course fees may be paid by one of the following options:
- Credit/debit card at the Language Institute offices in the O'Keefe Building
- Check or money order (made payable to GEORGIA TECH) at the Language Institute offices in the O'Keefe Building
- Credit/debit card by phone call with a Language Institute representative
Strategic Reading for International Graduate Students [12 in-class hours]
Class will meet from 10:10 AM - 12:05 PM on the following dates: September 6, 18, 20, October 2, 4, 11
This 3-week short course will help students learn effective strategies to improve their reading. Students will learn how to develop their own personalized approach to graduate academic reading. Through this course, students will learn to understand graduate academic text types and understand and apply a variety of reading strategies to improve comprehension and speed. Students will learn to identify the purposes of graduate academic reading and selecting approaches to reading that match purposes. Finally, students will learn to effectively manage personal obstacles to reading and how to understand and apply a variety of note-taking strategies while reading.
This course is free of charge courtesy of the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development and their campus partners.
The first 20 students to apply and confirm their ability to attend will be enrolled in the course. All students to apply after the first 20 will be placed on a waiting list. The application will close on Sunday, September 2, but the course may be full before that date.
Strategic Listening for International Graduate Students [12 in-class hours]
Class will meet from 10:10 AM - 12:05 PM on the following dates: November 12, 14, 19, 26, 28, December 3, 5
This course will provide students with information, ideas, and strategies related to graduate academic listening to help them develop their own personal approach for dealing with their unique listening challenges. The course will help them better understand the different types of listening they might encounter, different strategies to help them listen based on the purpose for listening, strategies for managing their own personal obstacles to listening, and effective ways to take notes and recall information.
Check back soon for application.
Academic Research Writing: Online Course
September 18 - November 6
Online Academic Research Writing for International Graduate Students is an asynchronous and self-paced course that will provide students with an overview of the basic principles of academic research writing and how these principles are enacted in academic research writing. They will learn how to see published academic research writing from a writer’s point of view and learn to strategically decipher how that writing is used to accomplish specific purposes. Topics in the course will include coherence and cohesion, the role of purpose in writing, noticing and deciphering how writing goals are accomplished at the various levels of academic writing.