Graduate Communication Support Initiative

(Please note the GCSI is not offering courses during the summer. Please return to this page for more information about future communication support services for graduate students at UD. In the meantime, you may find the pages of resources for each module useful.)

Are you an international graduate student at UD?

Is English your second or additional language?

Do you want to improve your academic English writing, reading, or grammar skills?

The Graduate Communication Support Initiative is here to support you!

Graduate Communication modules run for four weeks and are taught by experienced instructors from the English Language Institute. There are no grades and no tuition fees. These modules are designed for matriculated Master’s and doctoral students who speak English as a second or additional language and who would like to refine their written communication skills. Detailed descriptions are below.


Click on the course title for more information, weekly readings, and other resources. Even if you can’t attend the class, you can find a lot of the information online.

To cancel your enrollment, please reply to your confirmation email or contact us.

Module Day/Time Location Instructor
JANUARY (Jan 9 – Feb 3)
Grammar for Graduate Writers (TB)  Tues & Thurs 3-5pm  ISE 202  Cranker
Writing a Literature Review (TB)  Mon & Weds 2-4pm  ISE 202  Woods
FEBRUARY (Feb 6- March 3)
The 3Cs of Good Graduate Writing
(cohesion, claims, and clarity)
 Friday 2-4pm  ISE 205  Caplan
Grammar for Graduate Writers (TB)  Thurs 3-5pm  Ewing 204  Cranker
MARCH 6-31
Reading and Summarizing Research (social sciences, business, education)  Weds 4-6pm  McDowell 102  Fields
The 3Cs of Good Graduate Writing
(cohesion, claims, and clarity)
 Tues 10:30am-12:30pm  One South Main, 120  Caplan
APRIL 4-28
Reading and Summarizing Research (science and engineering)  Weds 5-7pm  McDowell 102  Fields
Writing a Literature Review (TB)  Tues 2-4pm  Drake 074  Woods


(TB) = Required textbook (see module descriptions)

Course descriptions, resources, and handouts are provided for the benefit of graduate students at UD and elsewhere who are unable to attend the modules, and for colleagues working in graduate communication support at other universities. All pages on this site are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Please direct questions about the materials to the coordinator, Nigel Caplan.

The Graduate Communication Support Initiative is a collaboration between the English Language Institute, the Office of Graduate and Professional Education, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the College of Engineering. Contact us for more information.

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