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. Participation in these workshops will allow you to practice strategies to enhance communication with your supervisors, peers, and students.  All sessions listed below fulfill credit requirements for the Western Certificate in Academic & Professional Communication.

Upcoming Programs:




Communication in the Canadian Classroom (September 22 – October 8)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm

Getting Mentored: Building Successful Academic Relationships Across Cultures
September 21  4:30-6:30pm


Teaching in the Canadian Classroom (October 13 – November 5)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm

Netiquette: Professional Communication Skills
October 21  4:30-6:30pm

Successfully Collaborating on Research Teams
October 28  1:30-3:30pm

Language of Conference Presentations (November 10 – November 18)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm

Language of Difficult Conversations (November 9 – November 30)
Mondays 1:30-3:30pm
Language of Academic Job Interviews
December 10, 15, 17  2:00-4:00pm

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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