• 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 2019 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 4 (Five-week format): Wednesdays, October 23-November 20, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Registration closed.)

Section 1 (Six-week format): Wednesdays, September 11-October 16, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (Course full.)
Section 2 (Three-week format): Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 17-October 3, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Course full.)
Section 3 (Six-week format): Mondays, September 9-October 14, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Course full.)
Additional sections will be offered after fall break.

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 3 (Six-week format): Mondays, October 21-November 25, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM (Registration closed.)

Section 1 (Six-week format): Mondays, September 9-October 14, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM (Course full.)
Section 2 (Three-week format): Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 17-October 3, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM (Course full.)
Additional sections will be offered after fall break.

Location: The Writing Center @ SASB North 0127

US English Pronunciation

This 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 6-November 22, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (Course full.)

Location: Bondurant Hall G010 (with occasional days in Bondurant G030 and G100).

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 integrating sources appropriately. 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: Tuesdays, October 8 – November 19, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM (Registration closed.)
Location: Carrington Hall 208 (except Nov. 5, which will be in Carrington 209)