CETL offers two types of Academic Communication courses for graduate students:
8721 Academic Writing for Graduate Students (1 credit)
Through examination of writing samples, practice, and working in small groups, students learn techniques for enhancing proposal, thesis, and dissertation preparation as well as methods for evaluating writing as future instructors and thesis directors. NOTE: This course is designed for students who are already writing and communicating fluently in English.
8741 Methods of Academic Presentation (1 credit)
Communication of concepts and ideas is an important element of working in the academic and corporate communities. While oral presentation is a prevalent format for communication, especially in the scientific fields, written communication is usually the focus of graduate communication courses. With such a focus on written discourse, most graduate students never consider the absolute importance of being good oral communicators. This course will help students better understand the conventions of academic and professional oral discourse. After building a better foundational understanding of this type of discourse, students will develop strategies for designing and delivering oral presentations. Students are encouraged to use current research as a basis for their work in this course. Students will be expected to participate as critical audience members, offering feedback to peers. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to engage in self-assessment by reviewing recordings of their presentations. NOTE: This course is designed for students who are already writing and communicating fluently in English.
8801 ITA or 8801 ITB: Communication Skills for International Teaching Assistants (1 credit)
Note: 8801 ITA and 8801 ITB are identical, they are just offered at different times.
This course helps students who will be Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) 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 micro-teaching assignments.
8722 Academic Writing for International Graduate Students (1 credit)
This course aids international graduate students in enhancing their academic writing skills in English through exposure to and practice of producing examples of academic writing.
8793 Oral Communication for International Graduate Students (2 credits)
In this class, students will work on fluency, accuracy, and appropriateness in spoken communication to in order to prepare them to participate more effectively and confidently in their academic communities.
8795 Advanced English for International Graduate Students (2 credits)
This is an advanced oral skills class designed to help graduate students improve their verbal ability in English for teaching, making presentations, and interacting in academic and professional situations.