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.
Spring Semester 2021 (January 14-May 8, 2021)
CETL 8723: Academic Writing for International Graduate Students
CETL 8723-C (M/W 8:25-9:15 a.m.)
CETL 8723-D (T/TH 8:25-9:15 a.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: Grad Bootcamp
Eight-Week remotely-delivered synchronous courses to get you ready to start classes in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022.
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 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
- $425/Tuition per course plus $55 Computer Support Fee
Advanced Academic Writing (Monday-Thursday, 8:00-9:05 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.
Advanced Academic Speaking (Monday-Thursday, 9:15-10:20 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.
For more information…
Contact GTLI Registration Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Learn more about short courses, https://esl.gatech.edu/additional-programs/short-courses