CSIGS E-manual

CSIGS     CSIGS American

Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students: Surviving and Thriving in Canadian Academia
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Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students: Surviving and Thriving in American Academia
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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.

CSIGS is available in two editions with culture-specific information for ITAs who work in Canada and for those who work in the United States.  The e-manuals contain over 20 units about the norms and expectations surrounding teaching and being a graduate student in North America, including how to give and receive feedback, the language of teaching, and developing productive relationships with supervisors.

The purchase of a single copy entitles students, faculty, and staff at nonprofit educational institutions to access.

How to Access:

There are two ways to access the CSIGS e-manual:

  1. CSIGS is currently available free of charge to everybody at the following universities. If you attend one of these universities, you may access CSIGS free of charge. Please email <tsc@uwo.ca> to set up an account.
    • Canada:
      • Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
      • Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
      • Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
      • HEC Montreal, Montreal, QC
      • McGill University, Montreal, QC
      • Memorial University, St. John's, NL
      • Queen's University, Kingston, ON
      • Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
      • Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS
      • Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
      • Trent University, Peterborough, ON
      • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
      • University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
      • University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
      • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
      • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Oshawa, ON
      • University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
      • University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
      • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
      • The University of Western Ontario, London, ON
      • University of Windsor, ON
      • Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
    • United States:
      • Clemson University, Clemson, SC
      • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
      • Otterbein University, Westerville, OH
      • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
      • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
      • University of Michigan, East Lansing, MI
      • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
      • University of South Carolina, SC
      • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
      • University of Washington, Seattle, WA
    • Australia:
      • James Cook University, Townsville.
  2. The CSIGS e-manual is available for sale through The University of Western Ontario bookstore: http://www.bookstore.uwo.ca/

NB. If you are a member of a nonprofit educational institution, email <tsc@uwo.ca> to learn how your entire institution can have access to the first edition of the manual with a single purchase.

If you have any questions about CSIGS, please contact Aisha Haque.