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.
Courses for all Georgia Tech Graduate Students
Short Courses (Non-Credit)
Strategic Reading for International Graduate Students
2020 dates coming soon
One of the most difficult challenges of graduate school is the workload. In many programs, a great deal of the work you are expected to do involves reading. You may be asked to read more in one semester of graduate school than you read in one year of undergraduate studies.
Strategic Reading for International Graduate Students will help you meet the extensive reading demands of your program. The 12-hour non-credit short course will provide you with information, ideas, and strategies related to graduate academic reading to help you develop your own personalized approach to graduate academic reading.
Short Course Topics
- understanding graduate academic text types
- understanding and applying a variety of reading strategies to improve comprehension and speed
- identifying the purposes of graduate academic reading and selecting approaches to reading that match purposes
- effectively managing personal obstacles to reading
- understanding and applying a variety of note-taking strategies while reading
- attendance and full participation during class
- completion of 1 hour of assigned "practice" before each class meeting
Students will receive a pass/fail grade based on class participation and attendance. If you pass the course, you will receive 1.2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units).
Cost and Registration
- Apply early. Limit seats available.
Academic Research Writing for International Students
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Who should take this course?
- Graduate students who consider themselves to be novice or near-novice academic research writers
- Graduate students who would like to review the basic principles of academic research writing
Why is this course unique?
Most graduate students are accustomed to reading research articles for their informational content. They seldom focus on how these articles are written or what they might be able to learn about writing from these articles. In this course, you will learn how to see academic research articles from a writer’s point of view, which will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the cultural expectations of U.S. academic readers and how these expectations influence academic research writing. Watch our video to learn more about the approach of this course!
How long will it take for me to complete this course?
- Introductory Activities + 4 Modules
- 3 video lessons per module
- Electronically scored self-assessments for many lessons
- Suggested self-improvement activities for many lessons
- No scheduled meeting times
- Complete the modules at your pace
- Estimated time for completing each module 2-4 hours
- Comprehensive Final Assessment at the end of the course
Is there a required level of English language proficiency for taking this course?
Participants should have experience reading academic research articles. If you are unfamiliar with academic research articles and/or find the writing in them very difficult to understand, this course may not be appropriate for you.
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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 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 3:00-3:50 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 W 10:10 AM-12:05 PM
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 W 3:00-4:55 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 CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning).
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
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.