Work Smarter, Not Harder, This Fall

Graduate students still have time to late register (until Aug. 23) for elective credit (pass-no pass) courses in research communications offered by the Professional Development Program in the UAB Graduate School.  Three courses, GRD 720, GRD 721, and GRD 726, might have special appeal for newly-arrived international students and post-doctoral fellows.

GRD 720 Navigating Academia: This is a speaking and listening course for international graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and employees seeking to develop and refine the academic English language skills needed to excel in the sometimes confusing and challenging U.S. academic environment of graduate school—and beyond. Students will learn strategies for communicating effectively with instructors and advisors, classmates and colleagues, in the classroom or meetings, by telephone or e-mail. Students will explore the language needed to take advantages of campus and off-campus services. Online course components will promote the development of speaking skills, grammatical accuracy, and pronunciation. Recommended for all entering international graduate students and others who wish to improve their spoken English both in an academic setting and in the wider community. It’s 3 credit hours, pass/non-pass. The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. from Sept. 13 to Nov. 17. For information, email Alan D. Corbin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

GRD 721 Academic Interactions: This is a newly designed speaking and listening course for international graduate students, post-docs, and employees who wish to interact confidently and effectively in a range of academic and professional settings. In GRD 721, you will discover strategies for “holding your own” in a variety of situations, from small group discussions and departmental meetings to conference presentations and more challenging interactions, such as  expressing your opinion, agreeing and disagreeing, social events, and interviews. Prerequisite: advanced-level placement, successful completion of GRD 720, or permission of the instructor.  It’s 3 credit hours, pass/non-pass. The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. from Sept. 13 to Nov. 17. For information, email Alan D. Corbin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

GRD 726: Research Writing for Multi-lingual Writers: Writing up research for graduation or publication raises a host of new issues for many international students and post-doctoral fellows as well as multi-lingual writers who are simply new to academic English. GRD 726 is designed to help these writers develop professional strategies for writing smarter, not harder, so they can be successful in graduate school and beyond. Designed for scholars who may have written in their own countries, but have little experience writing for publication in English, the course includes guided practice in small group settings, peer review, and instructor feedback. Writers work on new or active research writing projects in their own field. This fall, GRD 726 is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The course is pass/non-pass, and carries 3 hours of credit. For information about GRD 726, contact Margariette Hoomes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on fall course offerings, contact the Professional Development Program (PDP) at http://www.uab.edu/graduate/profdev