The Language of Advanced Discussions


Much of the discussion that takes place in classrooms, during meetings with supervisors, and in social interactions involves being able to justify why you think what you think. Articulating your opinion successfully requires a familiarity with patterns of reasoning and persuasion in English. In this program, you will learn the language for managing a class discussion and articulating your opinion. Participants will have an opportunity to apply what they have learned by facilitating a 15-minute discussion on a topic of their choice. 


By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • facilitate small-group discussions
  • articulate their ideas clearly and concisely.

What to expect

Participants who attend all 5 two-hour sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

Program Information

Upcoming Sessions

No sessions are scheduled at present. 


Typically offered each year in summer.


International and new resident graduate students, international postdoctoral scholars


Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our help guide or contact

Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation


Applies to following certificates

Western Certificate in Academic and Professional Communication

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“This course allowed me to build my confidence for my academic life (my courses, thesis defence) and to better defend my opinions and thoughts. On a personal level I believe the course has motivated me to get involved in conversations and discussions in classes.”

“It was helpful to actually lead a discussion in the class  and have it recorded to be reviewed later. I also got feedback on my ability to lead group discussions. This strengthened my confidence when I lead a discussion. Also, it enhanced my skills of making peoples’ contribution more effective in class discussions.”