MERGE is for current and prospective graduate students, who wish to improve their language skills and be better prepared for the academic and professional world. Be prepared!
Not included: Compulsory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) for students without valid OHIP or other Canadian provincial health insurance coverage.
Total Number of Required Courses: 4
Advanced Reading and Writing for Graduate Studies
Using scholarly articles from a range of disciplines, students practice reading strategies for the comprehension and critical evaluation of advanced academic texts. Appropriate structure and style is discussed in connection with graduate level reports, articles, thesis writing, abstracts, and literature reviews. Editing, research management, referencing styles, and academic integrity are also emphasized.
Advanced Listening and Speaking for Graduate Studies
Through a variety of oral reports and assignments, real-time feedback, and analyses of video/audio recordings of themselves, students focus on clarity in spoken communication and on the comprehension of the full range of spoken language (formal to informal and conversational). The course further develops the student’s understanding of pronunciation differences, stress patterns (at the word and sentence levels), intonation, rhythm.
Presentation Skills & Lecture Series
Students practice professional presentations for a variety of academic contexts: conference talks, poster presentations, conducting tutorials, lecturing. As part of the course, students attend a weekly guest lecture on a variety of scholarly topics, participate in discussions, provide feedback and analysis. Students work on presentations individually and collaboratively, and further develop the art of critiquing and constructive feedback.
The main object of this course is to help students track their professional development through reflective practice and the development of an electronic portfolio. The electronic portfolio will include items and lessons learned from the other courses, as well as items covered specifically in this course, including the preparation of CVs; cover letters; teaching dossiers; peer review process; the supervisor-student relationship; teaching evaluations; leadership skills. As part of the electronic portfolio, students also track their lexical and stylistic development throughout the program.
Program Director, Dr. A. Moro,
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Languages
Program Administrator, Ms C. Huelgas