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:



May The Language of Advanced Discussions (May 5 – 20, 2:00-4:00pm) [FULL]
June The Language of Conference Presentations (June 5 – 12, 2:00-4:00pm) [FULL]
July The Language of Difficult Conversations (July 15-21, 2:00-4:00pm) [FULL]
August The Language of Academic Job Interviews (August 11, 13 & 15, 2:00-5:00pm) [FULL]
September International Graduate Teaching Assistant Conference (ITA Day) (September 2, 11:00am-3:00pm)


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

Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students (CSIGS) are e-manuals primarily for international and newcomer graduate students to familiarize them with the norms of communication in Canada and the United States. International students need to be familiar with norms about communication in order to be successful when they teach, communicate with their supervisors, and apply for jobs, as cultural differences exist in all of these realms. Those who work with international students will benefit from reading CSIGS to become aware of alternate norms of communication in order to support, understand, and work productively with students from other 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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