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The McGill Tribune: Why science students shouldn’t be afraid to write


Océane Marescal outlined how science students can improve their writing skills in The McGill Tribune. The McGill Writing Center offers several courses that greatly benefit those who wish to make writing one of their strengths. The article outlines relevant courses to science majors.

Since writing courses are not a requirement for science majors, CCOM 314 is of particular interest. This couses teaches students how to communicate science to a broader audience. Diane Dechief, faculty lecturer at the McGill Writing Centre and founder and professor of CCOM 314, was interviewed on the objectives of the course.

“By the end of the course, I’d like students to be aware of real life opportunities for communicating science to a broader public,” Dechief wrote. “They should be able to explain theories or concepts from their field with an awareness of specific audiences, and to be intentional about using metaphors responsibly and avoiding jargon.”

The McGill Writing Center also offers CESL 500: Research Essay and Rhetoric, as well as CEAP 250, which includes the same content and assignment structure except with a focus on those who do not have English as their first language.

Read The McGill Tribune article

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