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Why take a writing course?

Writing at the graduate level is challenging. For many students, this is the first time they are expected to produce publication-quality scholarship. Take a Graphos writing course to:

  • Understand and master the conventions that govern writing in your field.
  • Learn the fundamental maneuvers that academic writers employ to craft their arguments.
  • Become a skilled self-editor—essential for ensuring clarity and coherence.
  • Learn to summarize, critique, and situate your work alongside existing scholarship in the field.

How do I know which Graphos course is right for me?

Please review this "roadmap" of the Graphos courses to identify which course meets your needs and experience.  If you want more information about a course, you can click on the course name in the section just below these images. 

Strategies for Academic Communication in English CESL 631

Calendar Description: Key language learning strategies for expressing complex ideas in academic work. For graduate students across disciplines whose first language is not English: strategies for building productive scholarly vocabulary; self-editing techniques to address grammar, syntax and mechanics.

Fundamentals of Academic Communication in English CESL 641

Calendar Description: Key strategies for graduate students across disciplines whose first language is not English: reading scholarly texts for structure; learning to apply these structures in writing assignments.  Four cornerstones of academic writing: audience, purpose, organization, and style. Identifying and targeting audiences, clarifying the purposes served by different writing projects, organizing ideas, and developing mastery of rhetorical and stylistic conventions.  Audio feedback and multiple drafts.

Cornerstones of Academic Writing CEAP 642

Calendar Description: Key strategies for graduate students across disciplines: reading scholarly texts for structure; learning to apply these structures in writing assignments.  Four cornerstones of academic writing: audience, purpose, organization and style.  Identifying and targeting audiences, clarifying the purposes served by different writing projects, organizing ideas, and developing mastery of rhetorical and stylistic conventions.  Audio feedback and multiple drafts.

Literature Reviews and Scholarly Niches CEAP 643

Calendar Description: Understanding and practicing the techniques of reading, summarizing, critiquing and synthesizing the scholarly literature on a particular topic. Creating and occupying a niche. Audio feedback and multiple drafts.

Pronunciation for Effective Communication CESL 651

Calendar Description: Developing pronunciation skills for effective communication in academic settings with emphasis on features of pronunciation that most affect intelligibility. Oral practice, and various forms of feedback and assessment, such as instructor, peer and self-assessment.

Fundamentals of Academic Presentations CEAP 652

Calendar Description: Developing and delivering academic presentations, with emphasis on how to structure content, critically evaluate content, and use rhetorical devices to enhance clarity. Oral practice, and various forms of feedback and assessment, such as instructor, peer, and self-assessment.

What if English isn't my first language?

One of McGill's strengths is its linguistically-diverse student population. CESL 631, 641 and 651 are designed specifically for students whose first language is not English. 

Who may enrol in a writing course?

Any student enrolled in a graduate program at McGill. Non-McGill graduate students are able to register for Graphos courses as "Special Students" in the School of Continuing Studies (see FAQs for more details).  Unfortunately, postdoctoral fellows may not currently enrol in these courses.

What is the cost?

Many McGill graduate students (including all doctoral students) can take these courses without paying extra tuition. Eligibility depends upon the program that you are enrolled in. (Read the fine print and our FAQ.)

Please note that even if you are eligible to take the course without paying extra tution, tuition fees will be assessed when you register - however, the tuition fees will be credited back to you in 1-2 week's time (i.e., the tuition amount will be charged back to your account). 


Fall 2015 Offerings

 

CESL 631: Strategies for Academic Communication in English (1 credit)

Calendar Description: Key language learning strategies for expressing complex ideas in academic work. For graduate students across disciplines whose first language is not English: strategies for building productive scholarly vocabulary; self-editing techniques to address grammar, syntax and mechanics.

Fall 2015 Schedule (first 10 weeks of term):
Section 701 (CRN 21006):
Tuesday, 10:35 AM - 11:55 AM, Downtown, Room TBA  (Sept 8 - Nov 10)
Section 702 (CRN 21007): Thursday, 2:35 PM - 3:55 PM, Downtown, Room TBA  (Sept 10 - Nov 12)

Register on Minerva.


 

CESL 641: Fundamentals of Academic Writing in English (1 credit)

Calendar Description: Key strategies for graduate students across disciplines whose first language is not English: reading scholarly texts for structure; learning to apply these structures in writing assignments.  Four cornerstones of academic writing: audience, purpose, organization, and style. Identifying and targeting audiences, clarifying the purposes served by different writing projects, organizing ideas, and developing mastery of rhetorical and stylistic conventions.  Audio feedback and multiple drafts.

Fall 2015 Schedule (first 10 weeks of term):
Section 701 (CRN 20988): Monday, 11:35 AM - 12:55 PM, Downtown, Room TBA  (Sept 14 - Nov 23)
Section 702 (CRN 20989): Wednesday, 11:35 AM - 12:55 PM, Downtown, Room TBA  (Sept 9 - Nov 11)
Section 703 (CRN 20990): Friday, 10:05 AM - 11:25 AM, Mac Campus, Room TBA  (Sept 11 - Nov 13)
Section 704 (CRN 21008): Friday, 1:05 PM - 2:25 PM, Downtown, Room TBA [SECTION TEMPORARILY CLOSED]

Register on Minerva.


 

CESL 651: Pronunciation for Effective Communication (1 credit)

Calendar Description: Developing pronunciation skills for effective communication in academic settings with emphasis on features of pronunciation that most affect intelligibility. Oral practice, and various forms of feedback and assessment, such as instructor, peer and self-assessment.

Fall 2015 Schedule (first 10 weeks of term):
Section 701 (CRN 20991): Tuesday, 4:05 PM – 5:25 PM, Downtown, Room TBA   (Sept 8 - Nov 10)
Section 702 (CRN 20992): Thursday, 9:05 AM - 10:25 AM, Downtown, Room TBA  (Sept 10 - Nov 12)
Section 703 (CRN 20993): Wednesday, 11:35 AM - 12:55 PM, Downtown, Room TBA [SECTION TEMPORARILY CLOSED]

Register on Minerva.


 

CEAP 642: Cornerstones of Academic Writing (1 credit)

Calendar Description: Key strategies for graduate students across disciplines: reading scholarly texts for structure; learning to apply these structures in writing assignments.  Four cornerstones of academic writing: audience, purpose, organization and style.  Identifying and targeting audiences, clarifying the purposes served by different writing projects, organizing ideas, and developing mastery of rhetorical and stylistic conventions.  Audio feedback and multiple drafts.

Fall 2015 Schedule (first 10 weeks of term):
Section 701 (CRN 20994): Monday, 10:05 AM – 11:25 AM, Downtown, Room TBA  (Sept 14 - Nov 23)
Section 702 (CRN 20995): Friday, 1:05 PM – 2:25 PM, Mac Campus, Room TBA  (Sept 11 - Nov 13)
Section 703 (CRN 20996): Wednesday, 10:05 AM – 11:25 AM, Downtown, Room TBA  (Sept 9 - Nov 11)
Section 704 (CRN 20997):  Thursday, 11:35 AM - 12:55 PM [SECTION TEMPORARILY CLOSED]

Register on Minerva.


 

CEAP 643: Literature Review and Scholarly Niches (1 credit)

Calendar Description: Understanding and practicing the techniques of reading, summarizing, critiquing and synthesizing the scholarly literature on a particular topic. Creating and occupying a niche. Audio feedback and multiple drafts.

Fall 2015 Schedule (first 10 weeks of term):
Section 701 (CRN 20998): Monday, 10:05 AM – 11:25 AM, Downtown, Room TBA   (Sept 14 - Nov 23)
Section 702 (CRN 20999): Tuesday, 11:35 AM – 12:55 AM, Downtown, Room TBA  (Sept 8 - Nov 10)
Section 703 (CRN 21000):  Thursday, 1:05 PM - 2:25 PM [SECTION TEMPORARILY CLOSED]

Register on Minerva.


CEAP 652: Fundamentals of Academic Presentations (1 credit)

Calendar Description: Developing and delivering academic presentations, with emphasis on how to structure content, critically evaluate content, and use rhetorical devices to enhance clarity. Oral practice, and various forms of feedback and assessment, such as instructor, peer, and self-assessment.

Fall 2015 Schedule (first 10 weeks of term):
Section 701 (CRN 21001): Tuesday, 8:35 AM – 9:55 AM, Downtown, Room TBA  (Sept 8 - Nov 10)
Section 702 (CRN 21002): Tuesday, 1:05 PM – 2:25 PM, Downtown, Room TBA  (Sept 8 - Nov 10)

Register on Minerva.



 

Fine print

The University sponsors these courses such that many McGill students who enrol in and complete these courses do not have to pay extra tuition. This sponsorship arrangement applies to all doctoral students and all thesis-based Master's students. However, graduate students in non-thesis programs may only be sponsored if their programs are "research-based." If you are uncertain about the status of your program, please call or write Maggie Do Couto at 398-3050 or maggie [dot] docouto [at] mcgill [dot] ca.  Note that Graphos courses are classified by the University as "out of program" and therefore cannot be counted toward any degree requirement.  In addition, if you are already a sponsored student (e.g., you have a sponsorship from outside McGill that covers some or all of your costs), you are not eligible for the University sponsorship of these courses. You or your sponsor will be billed for the cost of the course.

Read our FAQ for more information about Graphos 1-credit courses.