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The Skills Lab

Graduate Development and Services Academic English support for Graduate Students

The Skills Lab instructors offer a range of services to support graduate students to improve their communication skills. For specific skills development classes, register for an ESP course. For writing analysis, visit The Writing Center.

About our Services

Academic Communication Skills Development and Support for Graduate Students

English for Specific Purposes

New ESP courses start from August 20, 2017.

We offer a range of courses to help graduate students improve their communication skills for academic purposes. The new classes will run for six weeks. If you are interested in improving your skills, please contact us with your ID number.  

  • Grammar Refresher  
  • Reading Group
  • Research Writing for Science and Technology
  • Fundamentals of Academic Writing
  • Academic Presentation Skills
  • Conversation and Pronunciation
  • Critical Thinking and Debate
  • Listening and Note-Taking
  • Academic Communication Skills


To register email:

THE WRITING CENTER - The Library   Room 2230
This service for graduate students is an initial analysis of your writing and identifies possible areas for improvement with academic texts. These are not proofreading sessions but diagnoses of generic weaknesses for potential improvements. 

The Writing Center instructors will:
•  Help organize your writing efficiently in terms of structure, syntax and style
•  Improve academic diction to a high standard for mainstream publications
•  Empower your own writing by organizing sentence and paragraph structures coherently
•  Increase fluidity and readability of your writing

For an appointment with a tutor, email: