• Advanced English Mini-Courses are free, non-credit graduate-level courses in research communication for students whose first language is not English. They are offered by the Writing Center and taught by English Language Specialists.
  • Priority registration will be given to degree-seeking UNC graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Others will be wait-listed until space is available. (See our writing groups and speaking groups pages for additional opportunities.)
  • A certificate of completion may be awarded to students who participate fully in a course if requested. There are no grades for these courses, and they will not appear on any UNC transcripts.
  • Please contact Dr. Gigi Taylor with any questions.

Fall 2017 Mini-Courses

Academic Writing for Graduate Students

This course will provide an overview of the stylistic features of academic writing at the graduate level. It will focus on the important linguistic features and on common strategies for organizing information. Emphasis will be placed on students developing familiarity with the writing style of their own academic disciplines. Course text: Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Degree-seeking UNC graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have priority registration. Others will be placed on a waiting list until space is available.

Section 1: Mondays, September 11 – October 16, 12:20 PM – 2:15 PM  FULL
Section 2: Mondays, October 30 – December 4, 12:20 PM – 2:15 PM REGISTER HERE
Section 3: Tuesdays, October 31 – December 5, 9:00 – 11:00 AM REGISTER HERE

Location: The Writing Center @ SASB North 0127

Research Presentation Skills

This course will help non-native English speaking scholars prepare a presentation of their research for a conference, a class, or other presentation occasion. The course will focus on the language of effective presentations, with tips for engaging the audience, for keeping their attention, for managing questions and discussion periods, and general pronunciation feedback. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have priority registration. Visiting scholars will be able to join the course if space is available.

Section 1: Mondays, September 11 – October 9, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM  FULL
Section 2: Tuesdays, September 12 – October 10, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM  FULL

Location: The Writing Center @ SASB North 0127

US English Pronunciation

This non-intensive course will provide instruction on the phonetics of American English and will allow for ample practice time in pairs with English native speakers and in small groups. Lessons will focus on segmental units such as vowels and consonants as well as suprasegmental units including syllables, stress and pitch. Required text: Clear Speech: Pronunciation and Listening Comprehension in North American English (4th Edition). Degree-seeking UNC graduate students have priority registration. Others will be placed on a waiting list until space is available.

Fridays, September 8 – December 1, 10:05 AM – 11:05 AM FULL

Location: Bondurant G-030

Writing with Sources

This course will help students learn strategies for finding papers relevant to their research, reading papers strategically, taking notes effectively, and summarizing accurately. Emphasis will be placed on linguistic skills necessary for paraphrasing. Degree-seeking UNC graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have priority registration. Others will be placed on a waiting list until space is available.

Wednesdays, September 13 – December 6, 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM FULL

Location: Health Sciences Library, Room 307

Winter and Spring Intensive Programs

This 1-week program is an intensive version of our Academic Writing and Research Presentation Skills courses (See course descriptions above). Participants may register for one or both courses.

  • Academic Writing
  • Research Presentation Skills