Talk Like an Academic

What Is Talk Like an Academic?

This 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, including

  • Interacting with professors and/or advisors
  • Interacting as TAs with students
  • Participating in classroom and group work discussions
  • Summarizing and discussing research in brief interactions with fellow academics
  • Communicating in job interviews
  • Conducting presentations and thesis defenses

This program is divided into seven workshops that run over seven weeks. Each workshop is two hours in length and is normally offered from 3:00pm – 5:00pm on a week day. This program is offered in the Winter semester and accommodates 20 – 25 participants per program.

Is Talk Like an Academic for You?

  • Are you a graduate student 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!

When Will the Next Talk Like an Academic Be Offered?

Wednesdays from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, from January 25th to March 15th (no class on February 22nd).

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 debates, 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

How Are Participants Selected?

This program accepts applications from any University of Guelph graduate students 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.

How Do I Apply?