Communication: Your Key to Success
One of the keys to your success as a graduate student at Georgia Tech is having the ability to communicate confidently in English with your professors and peers in the classroom and in your research. You will be expected to collaborate on projects, write about and present your research, and network with members of the Georgia Tech community. The Georgia Tech Language Institute is here to help you build the communication skills you need for success in your graduate work. Check out our classes and workshops to see how we can help you enhance your communication and increase your confidence
Option 1: Semester Courses for Credit
Every semester, the Center for 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 synchronous instruction and individual one-on-one virtual meetings with the instructor.
CETL 8723: Academic Writing for International Graduate Students
CETL 8723-C (T/Th 3:30-4:20 p.m.)
CETL 8723-D (M/W 3:30-4:20 p.m.)
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 and 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 (W 11:00 a.m.-12:55 p.m.)
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 (W 2:00-3:55 p.m.)
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 CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning).
Option 2: Fall Grad Bootcamp
Eight-Week remotely-delivered synchronous courses to get you ready to start classes in Spring 2021.
Who Should Participate:
- International graduate students who are beginning a Master’s or Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech
- Graduate students who are non-native speakers of English
- International graduate students who would like to polish their communication skills in English in order to be ready for the upcoming Spring semester
- the basics of academic writing
- methods for note-taking and attribution
- tips for giving great presentations
- strategies for participating effectively in group discussions and projects
- techniques for improving your overall clarity in speaking
Gain a better understanding of academic challenges and factors affecting the performance of international graduate students
Increase your confidence in communicating effectively in English
- 10 Hours Intensive Learning/Week
- Remote Delivery of Synchronous Coursework
- $905/Tuition & Computer Support Fee
Advanced Academic Speaking (M-F, 9:05-9:55 a.m. EST)
In this class, you will learn how to deliver clear, well-organized, culturally appropriate academic presentations. You will also manage and participate in academic discussions based on two or more academic readings per week. You will work to improve aspects of your pronunciation that may affect the overall clarity and fluency of your speech, as well as enhance non-verbal communication skills. The final project is a formal academic presentation based on your research or interest area.
Advanced Academic Writing (M-F, 8:00-8:55 a.m. EST)
In this course, you will prepare for the writing demands expected of students in graduate programs at a U.S. university. You will write academic emails, stand-alone academic research paragraphs, and an analytical research paper as well as increase your ability to write in a linguistically and conceptually sophisticated manner and improve the ability to write texts that conform to readers’ expectations. You will utilize information from multiple sources and use appropriate citation in order to avoid plagiarism and refer to texts. You will also enhance your editing and revision skills.
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Option 3: Short Courses
Four-week remotely-delivered short courses to help you polish your language skills and gain confidence in your English communication abilities.
Fall 1A: Aug 17-Sept 10
American Studies: Atlanta and Civil Rights (T/Th, 10:15-11:45 a.m.)
In this course, you will learn about the topics of segregation and civil rights by visiting two off-campus sites: the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. You will explore and discuss how segregation and civil rights have affected Atlanta in both the historical and present-day contexts. You will be responsible for paying the entry fee for the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Professional Speaking: Professional Presentations (T/Th, 12:30-2:00 p.m.)
In this course, you will learn how to give an effective professional presentation. You will learn about different types of presentations, and then select your own topic to research and present. You will learn how to design and use visual elements as well as other presenting skills to support your presentations.
Fall 1B: Sept 14-Oct 8
Better Speaking: Total Communication (T/Th, 10:15-11:45 a.m.)
In this course, you will improve your ability to speak without preparation and exercise your creativity. By engaging yourself fully in the "embodied" and "performative" acts, you will speak English with increased confidence. You will learn strategies to manage a variety of communication situations: social, professional, or academic. Additionally, you will practice aspects of pronunciation related to clarity, rhythm, and intonation. In addition to expanding your verbal storytelling abilities, you will learn nonverbal ways to communicate with others using movement and the full range of your voice. Shy or outgoing? You will learn creative techniques to deliver your message more successfully and enjoy the process!
Professional Writing: Advanced E-mail Writing (T/Th, 12:30-2:00 p.m.)
In this class, you will learn to write and edit professional emails with concise style and clear expression. You will learn to identify the purpose and structure for emails addressed to colleagues and to clients. You will learn a process for business writing and analyze the style of successful business emails. You will also receive lessons and feedback about your English grammar and identify resources for future writing success.
Fall 2A: Oct 26-Nov 19
Better Speaking: More Total Communication (T/Th, 10:15-11:45 a.m.)
It is not necessary to take the Total Communication course before you take More Total Communication. They may be taken in any order.
In this course, you will add to the toolbox of creative techniques from "Total Communication." You will deliver your message in English successfully with ease and fun, while releasing the judgments of your inner critic. While using new improvisational activities, you will experience the freedom to express your opinions and feelings in English. You will gain broader access to your body's range of communication skills both vocally (speak louder, longer, and more intensely) and physically (move more and use more space). You will increase the clarity of your pronunciation through best practices of English rhythm and intonation. Through intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, you will increase your self-confidence, be more assertive, and have more personal and social power communicating in English.
Professional Communication: Using LinkedIn (T/Th, 12:30-2:00 p.m.)
If you’re committed to career growth, LinkedIn is a key tool you need to master. In this course, you will use LinkedIn to define your personal brand to move your career forward, build a strong network of connections, and stay current with industry news.
Because a well written LinkedIn profile will give you credibility and establish you as a trustworthy potential employee, learners in this course will write a professional biographical statement. In addition, they will demonstrate their “brand” identity by assembling photos, writing brief articles to reflect their brand, finding appropriate material to share, and speaking persuasively for a LinkedIn post.
COST: $225/course + $28 computer support fee per session.