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.
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
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: Oral Communication for International Graduate Students
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 Skills for International Graduate Students
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 8802-ITA: Communication Skills for International 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.
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 for Non-Credit
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to students who successfully complete these courses.
Strategic Reading for International Graduate Students [12 hours]
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.
Strategic Listening for International Graduate Students [12 hours]
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.
Presenting Your Research: A Crash Course for International Scholars [12 hours]
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.
Academic Research Writing: Online Course
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.