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  • 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 Semester Courses

Academic Writing for Graduate Students

For students whose first language is not English, 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 (Asynchronous): August 24 – September 28. SECTION FULL.
Section 2 (Synchronous): Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 8 – 24, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. SECTION FULL.
Section 3 (Asynchronous): October 5 – November 11. SECTION FULL.

Location: All classes will be held remotely. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link. UNC-CH authentication is required.

Research Presentation Skills

For students whose first language is not English, this course will help non-native English speaking scholars prepare a presentation of their research in virtual meetings or webinars. The course will focus on strategies for speaking clearly, creating a professional impression, navigating presentation technology, and managing questions and discussion periods. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have priority registration. Visiting scholars will be able to join the course if space is available.

Section 1: Tuesdays, September 1 – October 6, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM. SECTION FULL.
Section 2: Wednesdays, September 2 – October 7, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. SECTION FULL.
Section 3: Tuesdays, October 13 – November 17, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM. SECTION FULL.
Section 4: Wednesdays, October 14 – November 18, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. (This section has been canceled. Please watch for new sections to be offered in early December.)

Location: All classes will be held remotely. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link. UNC-CH authentication is required.

US English Pronunciation

For students whose first language is not English, 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 and postdoctoral scholars have priority registration. Others will be placed on a waiting list until space is available.

Fridays, August 28 – November 13, Time 1:30-2:30 PM. FULL Register here for the waiting list.

Location: All classes will be held remotely. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link. UNC-CH authentication is required.