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 debating, 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 10 two-hour sessions will receive a certificate of completion.
None currently scheduled. Check Event Calendar for upcoming sessions.
Typically offered each year in summer.
International and new resident graduate students, international postdoctoral scholars
- Login to CareerCentral using your Western username and password.
- Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section and select Event Calendar.
- Search for and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
- Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
- You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account.
Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation
Applies to following certificates
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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.”