Graduate Language Assessment and Support (GLAS)

Through small-group conversations that matter, students gain experience participating in class discussions, responding to questions, and listening effectively. GLAS coaches work with students to help them better understand US university expectations and gain insight into what students and instructors expect from each other in classrooms. GLAS students who are already teaching can practice lectures or lab presentations with their coach.

All international graduate students are welcome to attend and participate in the program.

International Graduate Students Share their GLAS Experience

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Who Can Participate?

All international graduate students are welcome to participate. The experience gained in the GLAS will enable international graduate students to participate more confidently in many contexts: 

  • Leading a lab discussion or teaching a class
  • Working effectively on teams and research groups
  • Presenting and representing Michigan Tech at conferences
  • Defending a thesis or a dissertation

About GLAS Sessions

During the sessions with GLAS coaches, both one-on-one and in a small group setting, students have opportunities to improve many aspects of communication:

  • Vocabulary
  • Slang and idioms
  • Listening
  • Pronunciation
  • Conversation
  • Cultural understanding and more...

Meet the GLAS Team


Sarah Isaacson

  • Graduate Language Assessment and Support (GLAS) Program Director

Student Coaches