The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching is part of the Provost's Office and offers a comprehensive array of curricular and instructional development activities to support and enhance learning and teaching at U-M. CRLT works with faculty, graduate student instructors (GSIs) and academic administrators in all nineteen schools and colleges. CRLT's professional staff, with Ph.D.s in a variety of academic disciplines, provide both cross-disciplinary campus-wide programs and discipline-specific programs customized to the individual needs of departments, schools and colleges.
The Sweetland Center for Writing, a comprehensive writing center, exists to support student writing at all levels and in all forms and modes. In addition to the Sweetland/Rackham co-sponsored resources Sweetland offers face-to-face writing help for graduate students in their Writing Workshop. This service allows you to meet one-to-one with an experienced faculty consultant at any stage of writing, from getting started to final revisions. You can get help with understanding assignments, generating ideas, developing arguments, organizing and structuring, using evidence and sources, and clarifying your expression. Graduate students are eligible for one 60-minute appointment per week, with a maximum of 7 appointments per full term.
RELATE is a communications training and community engagement program currently hosted at Rackham in partnership with other campus units and led out by graduate students. The program is designed to improve the dialogue between researchers and different public audiences. As a part of RELATE, U-M graduate students and early career researchers hone their communication skills in an intensive workshop with instruction and feedback from communications experts. To complete their training, these researchers put their newly refined skills into action by communicating research practice, progress, and issues with a broad audience in a series of community engagement events.
The English Language Institute (ELI) offers a variety of courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for nonnative speakers of English enrolled at and visiting U-M. The courses are designed to enable students to enhance their linguistic and communicative skills in order to become effective, fully participating members of the academic community both during their time on campus and beyond. Approximately 80% of ELI's students are graduate students, with the remainder comprised of undergraduates and visiting scholars. ELI courses are taken concurrently with other courses. In addition to the EAP courses during the Fall and Winter semesters, the ELI features a number of special instructional programs. These include courses and workshops for graduate student instructors (GSIs) and three full-time summer intensive programs. Other special services include Speaking Clinics, Graduate Writing Clinics for International Students, and the Conversation Circles Program.
The Language Resource Center (LRC) is designed to support the study and instruction of foreign languages, cultures, and literatures. Space is available for language students to work individually, in small groups, or with their classes using a wide variety of audio, video and computer materials. This includes foreign television broadcasts, audio and video cassettes, and DVDs (American and international standards), e-mail/web browsing stations, multimedia computer stations with foreign language and productivity software, and a copy machine. Students can explore LRC collections on the LRC website.