The Language of... Series


The Language of Academic Interviews (6 hours)

Central to success in job interviews is the ability to sell yourself – to engage in the fine art of self-promotion. Being able to promote yourself involves highlighting your accomplishments, articulating your strengths, and convincing your interviewer that you are the person for the job. All of this requires very specific language which you will learn in this workshop. This workshop is intended for international and new resident graduate students. Postdocs will be considered sufficient space permitting.

Dates: August 11, 13 & 15
Time: 2:00-5:00pm
Location: Teaching Support Centre, D.B. Weldon Library Room 120

The Language of Advanced Discussions (20 hours)

Much of the discussion that takes place in classrooms, meetings with supervisors, and social discussions involves being able to justify why you think what you think. Articulating your opinion successfully requires a familiarity with patterns of reasoning and persuasion in English. In this class, you will learn the language for debating, managing a discussion, and articulating your opinion. This workshop is designed for international and new resident graduate students who are already highly effective communicators in English and who would like to enhance their academic, interpersonal, and professional communication skills further. Postdocs will be considered sufficient space permitting.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is limited to 25 participants. We collect a $20.00 refundable deposit, which will be returned to you after the session. After you register online, please bring your deposit (cash or cheque) to Alicia Hitchcock at the front desk of the Teaching Support Centre (Room 122, D.B. Weldon Library) between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.  If we do not receive your deposit two business days (by 4:00 p.m.) before the start of the session, your registration may be deleted in order to allow someone on the waiting list to register.

Dates: TBA
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The Language of Conference Presentations (8 hours)

Presenting at conferences is an essential component of preparing for a career in academe or industry. Join us for four sessions to learn and practice ways to organize your talk, respond to questions, and emphasize the key contributions of your research.

Dates: June 5-12
Time: 2:00-4:00
Location: Teaching Support Centre, D.B. Weldon Library Room 120

The Language of Difficult Conversations (12 hours)

The interpersonal and linguistic skills required to engage in difficult discussions are crucial to success in your academic, professional, and personal lives. Resolving difficulty involves being able to articulate your position appropriately to achieve positive outcomes and enhance relationships. You will learn about the cultural and linguistic components of these skills in this workshop. This workshop is intended for international and new resident graduate students. Postdocs will be considered sufficient space permitting.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is limited to 25 participants. We collect a $20.00 refundable deposit, which will be returned to you after the session. After you register online, please bring your deposit (cash or cheque) to Alicia Hitchcock at the front desk of the Teaching Support Centre (Room 122, D.B. Weldon Library) between 1:00pm and 4:00pm. If we do not receive your deposit two business days (by 4:00 p.m.) before the start of the session, your registration may be deleted in order to allow someone on the waiting list to register.

Dates: July 15-21,
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Teaching Support Centre, Room 120

The Language of Research Presentations (8 hours)

Communicating your research and its implications to others is a crucial part of learning to be an independent scholar. Join us for four sessions to learn and practice ways to describe your methods, your results, and the implications of your work.


Dates: TBA
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Location: Weldon Library, Room 120

The Language of Teaching in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Designed for graduate students who lead tutorials and labs in the sciences, this workshop provides TAs with an opportunity to practice describing assignments, defining concepts, explaining lab activities, answering student questions and describing their approach to teaching clearly and concisely.  Participants will receive individual coaching and an opportunity to practice their communication skills in each class and receive a handout with commonly used phrases and sentence openers for each assignment. These sessions are intended for international and new resident graduate students. 

Dates: TBA
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