Talk like an Academic series (7 weeks) | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Talk like an Academic series (7 weeks)

Date and Time


library 384


What is the Talk like an Academic Series?

This seven-week program provides academic communication support for graduate-level students with English as an Additional Language (EAL). Participants are given an opportunity to learn and practice English language communication skills and strategies for interacting in typical graduate-student academic and professional scenarios. The scenarios include:

                Summarizing and discussing research in brief interactions with fellow academics

                Interacting with professors and/or advisors

                Interacting as TAs with students

                Participating in classroom and group work discussions

                Communicating in job interviews

                Conducting presentations and thesis defenses

This program is divided into seven 2-hour workshops that run over seven weeks.

Is Talk like an Academic for You?

                Are you a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or visiting scholar who speaks English as an additional language?

                Would you like to develop your confidence and skills in English language communication?

                Would you like a safe place to practice speaking and delivering a presentation or thesis defense?

If you answered yes to these questions, then this program is for you!

What Can You Expect as a Participant?

                Participants will engage in discussions around the challenges and strategies to successfully communicate:

                                  With advisors and professors

                                In one-on-one interactions with students (as TAs)

                                In group work or classroom discussions

                                In talking about your research at conferences

                                At job interviews

                                During presentations

                     Participants will engage in practice activities, including group discussions, thesis pitches, mock interviews, and short presentations, that will allow them to learn and practice English language communication skills and strategies to apply to these academic and professional scenarios.

                Participants will brainstorm and develop language and vocabulary that can be used during these scenarios.

Who Can Attend?

This program accepts registrations from any University of Guelph graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or visiting scholars with English as an additional language (EAL). We encourage participants to be willing and able to attend all seven weeks of this program.

When Will the Next Talk like an Academic Be Offered?

Thursdays from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, from January 23rd to March 12th, 2020 (no class on February 20th).

Register at