GPLL 025 Graduate Reading and Writing Base-Line: Practical 3-day Session


This is a three day practical workshops with required homework readings to apply strategies explored in-class.

The Graduate Reading and Writing Base-Line workshop series offers strategies for approaching graduate level reading and writing requirements. These workshops are recommended for international students new to the Canadian university experience/expectations, graduate students returning to university after an extended absence, or current students looking for additional strategies to negotiate the graduate school reading/writing workload.

Explore strategies for reading academic texts with the purpose of extracting pertinent information for generating reading notes for writing précis/abstracts and in-class discussions. Focus on critical reading of both technical and theoretical academic texts including: filtering important content and drawing key conclusions and summarizing information; techniques for analyzing/comparing ideas from different articles and developing your argument; techniques for paraphrasing/summarizing texts to distinguish your voice from that of your source; methods to prepare reading notes for active engagement in class discussions and/or writing a précis/abstract, literature review or research essay; and tips for incorporating sources into your research paper outline.

Fall 2014: Tuesday September 16, 23 and 30 from 13:30 - 16:00

NOTE: Grad Read/Write participation Requirement
To model graduate coursework requirements and create an engaged learning experience, participants will be expected to complete short readings and prepare notes prior to each workshop class date. Students must attend all scheduled sessions (100% attendance requirement).

Additional Writing Development opportunities:
GPLL050 - Meet your Writing Deadlines

GPLL051 - Grad Writing Review: Perfecting the ParagraphGPLL015 Technical Writing Principles for Various Writing Assignment
GPLL014 Technical Writing for Clarity
GPLL026 Essential Writing Strategies: Focus on Abstracts/Intros/Conclusions
GPLL027 Writing Abstracts, Intros and Conclusions in Practice (3 classes)
GPLL060, GPLL061, GPLL062, GPLL063, GPLL064:
Shut UP and Write Groups with focused time for writing your Thesis, Thesis Proposal, Publications, Job Search, Fund Writing
1 - Irene Serrano Vázquez
Leader Biography:
1 - Irene Serrano Vázquez is journalist and a PhD candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She holds a MA in Literary Studies and a BA in Journalism. Her current research revolves around how user-generated content is challenging and changing the journalists' traditional roles and the news media power.
Learning Objectives:
1- Sharpen critical reading strategies for technical and theoretical academic texts
2- Develop methods for extracting the most imporant information from an article and summarizing key points for discussion or written work
3- Develop confidence for in classroom discussion of academic texts
4 - Review techniques for referenceing sources and paraphrasing content
This workshop is recorded under the skill domain:
Learning to Learn
Target Skills:
Peer-To-Peer Communication & Collaboration
Related skill domains:
Strategic Communication
/A1 Tue, Sep 16 2014 13h30-16h00 SGW H 441
/B1 Thu, Jan 16 2014 14h00-17h00 SGW H 627
/A1 Thu, Sep 12 2013 10h15-12h15 SGW H 615 (All 3 Sessions)
Can't make any of the above dates? Let us know your preference and we will work with partners to see if alternative dates can be scheduled.
Suitable For:
Master & PhD - early
Workshop Capacity:
/A1 20
/B1 20
/A1 20
Remaining Spaces:
/A1 9
/B1 10
/A1 2
Non-attendance Fee: $25        
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The following feedback was offered by attendees and includes their degree and program information.
Arts_and_science - Master
Most beneficial aspect: Presenter described how to find articles and how to read without wasting time. For example, I learned how to scan an article to know if its worth reading.
Most beneficial aspect: I really like this class.
Jmsb - Master
Most beneficial aspect: Group discussions are beneficial to us enormously.
Jmsb -
Most beneficial aspect: Learning to take effective notes ( from readings) and how to write abstracts.
Engineering - Master
Most beneficial aspect: It helped a lot for my master studies. (ed)
Arts_and_science - Diploma
Most beneficial aspect: The take away lessons were good.
Master - EN1 - NA
Most beneficial aspect: Critical thinking and strategies for reading and note-taking

Past Offerings

/A1 Tue, Sep 16 2014 13h30-16h00 SGW H 441    11/20
/B1 Thu, Jan 16 2014 14h00-17h00 SGW H 627    10/20
/A1 Thu, Sep 12 2013 10h15-12h15 SGW H 615 (All 3 Sessions)    18/20
/B1 Tue, Jan 15 2013 10h00-12h30 SGW H 653.17 (International Student Office)    6/15
/B2 Tue, Jan 15 2013 13h30-16h00 SGW H 653.17 (International Student Office)    8/15
/A2 Wed, Oct 10 2012 10h00-12h30 SGW H 653.17 (International Student Offic    7/15
/A1 Wed, Sep 12 2012 10h00-12h30 SGW H 653.17 (International Student Office)    11/20