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)
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
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