Centre for Academic Communication

The Writing Centre has grown into the Centre for Academic Communication (CAC)! In addition to our writing support services, we offer help with a range of academic communication skills:

Writing support

  • Writing skills
  • Writing processes
  • Writing to publish
  • Writing different kinds of texts
  • Academic expectations

Academic expectations

  • Academic integrity
  • Transitions (from other cultures, high school, community college, the workforce and into graduate school)
  • Classroom expectations

Reading support

  • Academic text management
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Text as the basis for writing

Speaking support

  • Class and oral defense presentations
  • Pronunciation support and development
  • Practice and feedback sessions

Join us for one-on-one tutorials and our various drop-in zones.

  • Questions? Contact , the Manager, at 250-853-3675.
  • Want to stay informed? Register with our online booking system for monthly emails detailing our offerings.
  • Not sure what you need? Contact  or to get more information about CAC workshops and resources. They will help you create a road map to academic success.

We have lots of different programs to help you develop your academic communication skills!


We’re excited about a new digital resource for all graduate students writing theses, projects, or dissertations, called the Thesis Writing Starter Kit. This document is the result of a collaborative effort among numerous UVic services.

This searchable pdf can help grad students:

  • Form effective, collaborative writing/support groups
  • Ask for/give/receive feedback on writing
  • Enhance their productivity
  • Understand psychological barriers to writing (anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination etc.)
  • Try out tested technology tips, including bibliographic management software, concept mapping and writing tools, and life style management tools


  • One-on-one writing tutorials. Book online or drop by the CAC to see if a drop-in appointment is available 4-5:30pm, Monday to Thursday, September 21 - December 3, 2015. We are open for booked 1:1 tutorials 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday, September 14 - December 4, 2015.
  • Online writing tutorials. Click on the tab "Online tutoring" above to get help.

Academic Communication Skills

  • For detailed program information, click on the tab "Fall 2015"!
  • Learning plans for undergraduate and graduate students at UVic, offered by the Centre for Academic Communication. Click on the tab "Fall 2015" to get more information.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) Specialist consultations. Contact or  to find out more about CAC programming and online resources.
  • EAP help. Click on the tab "Fall 2015" to get more information about our fall workshops!

All CAC programming takes place in the learning commons on the first floor of the MacPherson Library.

New for Fall 2015 - Learning plans for undergraduate and graduate students

What is a learning plan?

A learning plan is a program that can help you improve your academic communication skills, such as academic writing and presentation skills.  We can also help you improve your understanding of common academic integrity issues, how to edit your own writing, and how to read more efficiently. Discover more information about learning plans or come see us to find out how we can help you!

Fall 2015 Workshops

(Please see the printable workshop schedule.)

EAP Help (3-5pm Wednesdays, Sept. 16 - Dec. 2, Library 151b): Wish you were a grammar expert or better at public speaking? It’s never too late! The EAP workshops are a great way to learn something new about the English language and improve your written and spoken communication skills through instruction and practice. Students of every English proficiency level and background are welcome. Bring your questions about grammatical terminology, structure, usage, writing, critical reading and thinking, or pretty much anything else that’s English-language or academic-communication related! The final session of each month has been left unplanned so that you can give Gillian suggestions for topics and have workshops designed especially for you! Full descriptions and dates available in our EAP workshop schedule.

Conversation Café (1:30-2:30pm Mondays & Fridays, September 14 - Dec. 4, Library A025): Looking for more opportunities to practice your English conversation skills? The English Café is a great place to meet and talk to other international students and native English speakers in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The facilitator will prepare a new topic for discussion each week and you just need to show up prepared to chat and make friends!

Bring your questions about Canadian culture and academia and your tea or coffee and join us for an hour of fun conversation.

The Basics of Writing and Research (3-5pm, Library 151b): The following four sessions in this series will discuss the fundamentals of doing research and academic writing. Topics will range from library sources and finding a topic to planning, organizing, and writing. 

  • Basics of Academic Writing (3-5pm, Sept. 14 & Oct. 1, Library 151b)
  • Basics of Doing Research (3-5pm, Sept. 28 & Oct. 15, Library 151b)
  • Planning Your Writing (3-5pm, Oct. 8 & Nov. 23, Library 151b)
  • The Writing Process (3-5pm, Oct. 22 & Nov. 16)

Reading Strategies (3-5pm Sept. 21 & Oct. 29, Library 151b): The two sessions will cover techniques for effective reading comprehension, plus tips for taking notes on and summarizing the key points of a reading passage.

Vocabulary Building Strategies (3-5pm, Sept. 17 & Nov. 2, Library 151b): This session will provide some practical strategies for building and improving your academic vocabulary.

Note Taking and Summarizing (3-5pm, Sept. 24 & Oct. 26) This workshop will assist you with strategies to help you remember what you've read.

Thesis and Dissertation Writing (3-5pm, Oct. 5 & Nov. 5, Library 151b):  This workshop will review the essential steps in starting, developing, and finalizing a thesis or dissertation.

Self-editing (3-5pm, Oct. 19 & Nov. 26, Library 151b):  This offering will give you the tools necessary for being able to independently edit your own writing.

Scientific Writing 1: An Introduction to Scientific Writing (1-3pm Sept. 29 & 4-6pm Oct. 27, Library 151b): A common misconception is that careers in the sciences do not involve much writing. The opposite is true! In fact, developing your writing skills is one of the most important steps to a successful career in science. In this workshop, we’ll go through the writing process step-by-step, focussing on challenges specific to writing for science.

Scientific Writing 2: Developing Better Scientific Writing Skills (1-3pm Sept. 15 & 4-6pm Oct. 13, Library 151b): Interested in a career in science, but not sure if your writing skills are up to snuff? One of the most important and challenging goals in scientific writing is communicating complex ideas in a simple, understandable way. This workshop targets upper level undergraduate and graduate students who want to improve the clarity and conciseness of their proposals, lab reports or theses.

Are you a distance student? Our online writing tutor can help you develop your ability and confidence as a writer through written feedback. This feedback gives you the tools to edit your own writing.

What to expect:

  • You can receive constructive feedback on organization, your most common grammatical error patterns, the style of your paper and its clarity.
  • We do not provide grammar correction, citation correction or help with take-home exams.
  • We will get back to you with feedback within 72 hours of submission (excluding weekends).

How it works:

  • Email your paper to . Please attach your assignment guidelines and include the following information: Your V00#, year of study, your first language, 2 or 3 questions you'd like answered about your writing, and for longer papers, the five pages you'd like the tutor to focus on.
Are you looking for help in the middle of the night? Do you live in another time zone? We have lots of online resources that you can access.

There are no employment opportunities at this time. Please check back for future postings!