International Student Programs

The Teaching Support Centre offers communication and orientation programs for International Graduate Students at Western. These programs are designed to help international students make the transition to living in Canada, and they also allow students to develop English language skills for the classroom.

Upcoming Programs:



NEW! Successfully Collaborating on Research Teams
January 8, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Language of Conference Presentations (January 13 - January 22)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
NEW! Giving Effective Lab Talks
January 28, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
ITA Cafe
January 30, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Communication in the Canadian Classroom (February 2 - February 25)
Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NEW! Professional Communication Skills
February 13, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
ITA Cafe
February 27, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Language of Academic Job Interviews (March 17 - March 24)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
ITA Cafe
March 26, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Teaching in the Canadian Classroom (April 7 - April 30)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Communication in the Canadian Classroom
Effective communication is an essential element of good teaching and learning, good research, and success in a university environment. Join us for a 12-hour seminar series, and learn to communicate with greater confidence in the Canadian academic environment.
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CSIGS E-manual

The goal of Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students (CSIGS) is to familiarize new graduate students with cultural expectations for communication in Canada and the United States. International students will find information in this e-book useful when they teach, communicate with their supervisors, and apply for jobs; while faculty and staff will benefit from reading CSIGS as they work with and support students from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

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International Graduate Teaching Assistant Conference (ITA Day)
International graduate students (on student visas, landed, or permanent residents) who are new to teaching in Canada are invited to spend this half-day with colleagues from the Western teaching and learning community.
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The Language of... Series
A series of workshops for international graduate students who wish to practice academic language in a variety of situations.
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Teaching in the Canadian Classroom
Effective teaching is an essential element of being an international teaching assistant and the cornerstone of presentations for all graduate students.
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