Build written and oral communication competencies and teaching skills to interact with diverse audiences. 

Presenting Research

Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety

ESL International Students

  • Public speaking engagements can be especially challenging for some international students who don’t speak English as their native language. The University of Florida’s UF English Language Institute offers classes to help ESL speakers hone their communication skills.

Additional Resources

If you are assigned a teaching assistantship at the University of Florida, the following are excellent resources to browse:

Office of Graduate Professional Development (OGPD) Writing Program

The OGPD Writing Program is offered every semester as a social support initiative that strives to create a peer support structure to (1) help students cope with feelings of isolation in the writing stage of their studies and (2) aid students in supporting each other in setting and reaching writing goals. Participants will need to be actively engaged in an academic writing project (thesis, dissertation, manuscript, qualifying exams, research papers, literature reviews, etc.) to be accepted into the program. Learn more on the Writing Program webpage.

Academic Writing- UF Courses

Graduate students engage in a large amount of writing throughout their studies including classwork, papers for publication, and a thesis/dissertation. Some departments and programs offer academic writing courses focused on your discipline’ writing standards. You can ask your advisor or graduate coordinator for more information or browse through the Graduate Course Catalog for applicable courses.

Academic Writing- General Resources

Academic Writing - Grant Proposals

Writing grant proposals for research funding is a unique process in academia. 

Academic Writing - Theses and Dissertations

When it’s time to begin your thesis or dissertation, be sure to work closely with your advisor and thesis/dissertation committee. UF has many additional helpful resources:

Off-Campus Resources:

ESL International Students

Academic writing can present unique challenges for international students who speak English as a Second Language.



Semester Workshop Title Presenter Recordings, Transcripts, and Materials
Fall 2023 Leveling Up Your Public Speaking Maegan Meredith

Workshop Recording

Spring 2023 Build Trust, Create, and Amplify - Growing Your Brand in Science Communication Dr. Kevin Folta

Workshop Recording

Fall 2022 What Nobody Ever Tells You: Writing Tips for International Graduate Students Jen Ramos 

What Nobody Ever Tells You: Writing Tips for International Graduate Students recording

Jen Ramos Workshop PPT

Fall 2022 How to Revise Academic Writing  Dr. Eric Vallee (Writing Studio) 

How to Revise Academic Writing

How to Revise Academic Writing PPT

Spring 2022 Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety  Nicholas Dzoba 

Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety presentation 

Spring 2022 Teaching Resources on Campus   Dr. Alexandra Bitton-Bailey, Center for Teaching Excellence 

Teaching Resources presentation 

Fall 2021 Creating Fundable Grant Proposals Bess de Farber

Creating Fundable Grant Proposals PPT

Creating Fundable Grant Proposals Recording

Fall 2021 What Every Grad Student Needs to Know About Avoiding Plagiarism  Michelle Leonard, UF Libraries 

This workshop was not recorded.

Avoiding Plagiarism PPT

Avoiding Plagiarism Additional Materials

Fall 2021  Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission  Stacy Wallace & Anna Pardo, UF Graduate School Editorial Office 

Electronic Submission Workshop Recording

Electronic Submission Fall 2021 PPT

Electronic Submission Workshop Transcript 

Spring 2021  What Nobody Ever Tells You: Writing Tips for International Graduate Students Jen Ramos, UF English Language Institute 

Writing Tips for Int'l Grads Workshop Recording

Writing Tips for Int'l Grads PPT

Writing Tips for Int'l Grads Workshop Transcript 

Fall 2020  Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism  Dr. Martin Simpson, UF University Writing Program 

Citing Sources Workshop Recording

Citing Sources PPT

Citing Sources Workshop Transcript

Fall 2020  Giving Effective Oral Presentations  Scott Morgan, The Morgan Group LLC

Effective Presentations Workshop Recording

Effective Presentations PPT

Effective Presentations Workshop Transcript 

Fall 2020  The Process Approach to Composition Dr. Martin Simpson, UF University Writing Program 

Process Approach Workshop Recording

Process Approach PPT

Process Approach Workshop Transcript 

Fall 2020  Writing Concisely and Avoiding Passive Structures Dr. Martin Simpson, UF University Writing Program 

Concision & Passive Workshop Recording

Concision & Passives PPT

Concision & Passive Workshop Transcript

Fall 2020  Write a Winning Teaching Statement Dr. Alex Bitton-Bailey, UF Center for Teaching Excellence

Teaching Statement Workshop Recording

Teaching Statement PPT

Teaching Statement Workshop Transcript 

Fall 2020  Developing a Diversity Statement  Dr. Alex Bitton-Bailey, UF Center for Teaching Excellence 

Diversity Statement Workshop Recording

Diversity Statement PPT

Diversity Statement Workshop Transcript 

Summer 2020  Effectively Coping with Writing Anxiety and Procrastination: Support for Students Writing Proposals, Comps, Articles, Theses, Quals, and Dissertations  Dr. Alison Miller, The Dissertation Coach 

Writing Anxiety Workshop Recording

Writing Anxiety Workshop Transcript

Summer 2020  Managing Public Speaking Anxiety  Dr. Diana Nagy, UF Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication 

Public Speaking Workshop Recording

Public Speaking PPT

Public Speaking Workshop Transcript

Spring 2020  Academic Conference Tips: Delivering a Great Paper and Maximizing Your Conference Experience   Dr. Kristen Galvin, UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere

Conference Tips Workshop Recording

Conference Tips PDF

Spring 2019  Gen X to Gen Z: Navigating Generational Differences in the Workplace  Dr. Lindsay Lynch, College of Education  Generational Differences Workshop Recording 
Spring 2019  Pathways to Teaching Excellence Dr. Alex Bitton-Bailey, UF Center for Teaching Excellence   Pathways Workshop Recording 
Spring 2019  Scholars Speaking to the Public in the Age of Internet Noise Dr. Kevin M. Folta, Horticultural Sciences Department  Scholars Speaking to the Public Workshop Recording
Fall 2018  Oral Presentations  Dr. Diana Nagy, UF Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication   Oral Presentations Workshop Recording 
Course TitleCourse NumberDepartmentCourse DescriptionInstructor
Agricultural and Extension Adult Education AEC 6611 Agricultural Education & Communication Concepts and principles related to design, implementation, and evaluation of education programs for adults. Grady Roberts
Communication and Instructional Technologies in Agricultural and Life Sciences AEC 5541 Agricultural Education & Communication Planning and producing written and visual instructional and communication materials for programs in the agricultural and life sciences. Requires a major instructional project or communication campaign. Jamie Loizzo
Teaching and Learning Theory: Applications in Agricultural Education and Communication  AEC 6543  Agricultural Education & Communication  Contemporary and foundational theory and research on teaching and learning.   
Designing Educational Programs in Agricultural Settings  AEC 6210  Agricultural Education & Communication  Designing Educational Programs in Agricultural Settings   
Grant Writing LEI 7933 Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management    
Foundations of Intercultural Communication MMC 5708 Mass Media and Communication Theory and practice of intercultural communication.  
How to Craft Effective Broader Impacts  GLY 6932  Geological Sciences    Sec 0846, B. MacFadden, instructure 
Communicating for Success MMC 5308 Mass Media and Communication Designed to help international students achieve success in a U.S. graduate-level communications curriculum. Included will be a focus on standards and mores for professional and academic writing, and on the development of public speaking skills.  
Science/Health Communication MMC 6409 Mass Media and Communication Overview of the field of mass communication. Nexus of scientists, journalists, public information officers and audiences. Topics include science literacy, framing of science, issues, public involvement, and the impact of science communication on policy.  
Science Journalism: Science Writing MMC 6936 Mass Media and Communication Are you fascinated by the world around us? Do you want to tell engaging stories about discoveries in science and medicine? Science Journalism: Science Writing will introduce and provide students with opportunities to practice writing about science and medicine for general audiences.  Dr. Czerne Reid 
Science, Narrative, and the Greater Good MMC 6936 Mass Media and Communication    
Academic Writing MMC 6936 Mass Media and Communication   Section 1920 Fall 2020, taught by Ron Rodgers
Grant Writing for Population Health Research PHC 7727 College of Public Health and Health Professions This course provides practical instruction in the grant process, with a specific focus on National Institutes of Health (NIH) procedures. It provides the student with experience in writing parts of the grant application and in reviewing other’s grant applications. It also contains a Mock Grant Review session to assist students in understanding the process and content of grant review. 2 credits, letter-graded.  
Epidemiology Literature Review and Critique (Journal Club) PHC 7901 College of Public Health and Health Professions Preparing students to perform peer-review and to think critically.  In weekly class discussion sessions, students will review peer-reviewed, published research studies that demonstrate innovative or faculty epidemiologic content or methods.  Feedback will be given by student peers and faculty.  
Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Popular Science PHC 7902 College of Public Health and Health Professions Practice reviewing and critiquing research studies.  
College Classroom Teaching- Process and Practice RSD6900 Rehabilitation Science Information and skills required for successful teaching faculty in college classroom. George Hack
Creativity Applied IND 6939 Interior Design Examines creativity theory and research applied to interior design and allied fields by considering what constitutes an innovative organizational culture, product and process breakthroughs including the role of failure in the discovery process.  
Writing for Professional Publications HSC 5956  Health Education and Behavior  Procedures and practices in scholarly writing for health-related professional publications including topic selection, literature searches, internet applications, documentation, manuscript preparation, reasons for rejection, and legal and ethical considerations.   
Communicating in Academia AGG 5607 Soil Science Teaching graduate students about academic writing, specifically focused on research proposals, theses, dissertations, manuscripts, grant proposals, and CVs. Also teaching students about aspects of academic writing that are not normally part of graduate curriculum but are necessary to succeed.  
Scientific Writing SWS 6932 Soil Science    
Teaching Adult Learners  EDG 6931  School of Teaching and Learning    
Mobile Technologies in Education  EME 6074  School of Teaching and Learning Explores national and international perspectives on how mobile technologies are currently being used to teach and learn in formal and informal environments. Students will identify strategies used for implementing mobile technologies and how these are adapted based on socio-political, economic, and educational contexts.  
Games & Simulations for Teaching & Learning EME 6156  School of Teaching and Learning he characteristics and terminology of games and simulations; development life cycles; design principles; evaluation; and an emphasis on connecting principles of learning to the design of games and simulations.  
Writing for Academic Purposes  EDG 6017  School of Teaching and Learning Enhancing the capacity of doctoral students from all academic disciplines to write for academic purposes. Focusing on exploring the ways in which language is used as a creative resource for presenting information, structuring text, embedding perspectives, developing arguments, referencing sources, and addressing audience needs in academic writing.  
Blended Learning Environments  EME 6059  School of Teaching and Learning Exploring blended learning from perspectives of theory and practice. The course is designed for educators and instructional designers in K-12, higher education, corporate environments, and other professional settings.  
Distance Teaching & Learning  EME 6458  School of Teaching and Learning Topics assist educators who teach at distance in synchronous time. Effective teaching methodologies, along with various theories about distance learning, examined.  
Instructional Design  EME 6609  School of Teaching and Learning ocuses on the application of instructional design principles to the development of instruction. Topics include contemporary issues and trends in instructional design, foundations in learning research, requirements for instruction, task and needs analysis, learning situations and instructional models, learner characteristics, hardware and software innovations, assessing instructional outcomes, and factors affecting utilization.  
Digital Storytelling  LAE 6869  School of Teaching and Learning Focusing on educators by using storytelling and digital tools to advance literacy, learning, and the meaningful use of technology in educational settings.