Penn Graduate Student Center

Navigating the Classroom

About Navigating the Classroom

Navigating the Classroom seeks to help graduate teaching assistants be successful in the classroom through workshops and resources. This program is cosponsored by Penn Graduate Student Center and GAPSA.

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Library offer extensive programming to assist graduate student teachers in the classroom.

Other University Events

Course for Non-native English Speaking PhD Candidates : GAS 610 Research Paper Writing

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GAS) is offering an advanced writing course for non-native English speaking Ph.D. candidates. The course will be held in the fall semester and registration is now open through special permission.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
GAS 610 is a writing course designed for Ph.D. students whose native language is not English. The features of academic writing used in American universities will be explored. This will be done by analyzing sample texts, papers in various academic disciplines, and the students' own writing. A variety of rhetorical patterns will be practiced and attention will be paid to organization, development of ideas, clarity, coherence, style, and grammar and mechanics.

Weekly writing assignments will be given throughout the first half of the term. These short assignments will build upon the skills taught in class and will be analyzed and edited. The students will be free to adapt the topics to their own disciplines and areas of interest.

During the second half of the term, the students will choose a topic for their final writing project. They can combine this project with a paper that they are working on for another course, an article they are submitting for publication, or a chapter of their dissertation. During this time, work on the final paper will take place via one-on-one conferences with the instructor. Editing and revising will be ongoing throughout this period.


COURSE TIMES
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-10:30 AM

ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION
This course is open to Ph.D. candidates only. Preference will be given to candidates further along in their programs. Registration is by permit. Interested students should contact Elizabeth Gillstrom at egill@sas.upenn.edu stating their program, school and current year of study.

Course for Non-native English Speaking PhD Candidates : GAS 600 English Language Skills for TAs

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GAS) is additionally offering a speaking and presentation course for non-native English speaking Ph.D. candidates who plan to TA. The course will be held in the fall semester and registration is now open through special permission.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION
For prospective International Teaching Assistants seeking English fluency certification, this course emphasizes the development of oral academic discourse skills and practices prominent features of spoken English that promote successful communication in academic settings, including intelligibility, active listening skills, and grammar.


GAS 600 is offered in the fall as a follow-up course for prospective ITAs who have yet to reach English Fluency Certification. Broad curricular goals of this course are very much in line with those of the Summer Training Program, especially with regard to improved pronunciation and improved instructional discourse. The materials include English as a Second Language texts that address pronunciation, presentation skills and culture. The course meets two times a week for 90 minutes per class meeting throughout the fall semester.

ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION
This course is open to Ph.D. candidates only.  Registration is by permit. Interested students should contact Elizabeth Gillstrom at egill@sas.upenn.edu stating their program, school and current year of study.

Common Room Summer Hours

Monday-Friday: 12PM - 5PM
Sat & Sun: CLOSED
Study Rooms: CLOSED

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221
215-746-6868
center@gsc.upenn.edu