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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. Please note that the electronic version of this book is only available for a 4-month rental. The electronic version is recommended for students who are concerned about shipping times. Students can also order a print version of the text. 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 (Zoom): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, September 7-23. Section closed.
Section 2 (asynchronous): September 7-October 15. Section closed.

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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 (in-person, tentatively): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-10:30 AM, September 7-23. (Registration closed.)
Section 2 (Zoom): Wednesdays, 8:30-10:00 AM, September 8-October 13. (Registration closed.)
Location: Please note Section 1 will take place in-person at SASB North and section 2 will take place over Zoom.

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.

(Zoom) Fridays, 1:30-2:30 PM, September 10-November 19. (Registration closed.)