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Upcoming workshops for undergraduates: Student Learning Commons

The Student Learning Commons offers a suite of workshops under the following categories; Learning, Writing, and English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Workshops range from 60 to 90 minutes and provide valuable information in engaging formats.

Each semester we present a slightly different collection of workshops.

You can also search by date in our workshops calendar.

SFU values diversity and is committed to inclusion. If you require any disability related accommodations in order to fully access and participate in this workshop/event, please contact us directly at library-workshops@sfu.ca. Please contact us as soon as possible as some accommodations will require lead time to arrange (i.e. CART, ASL).

Writing

Using Sources in Your Paper?

Learn more about using source-materials to support the claims you are making in your research paper. This workshop covers integrating sources within paragraphs, clearly attributing what you quote and paraphrase, and finding resources to help with particular citation styles.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

More Writing in French: A "Road Map" of Verb Tenses

If you've ever been lost in a maze of French verbs, this writing workshop can help! We clarify the notions of verb moods and verb tenses, then focus on the tenses of the indicative in French. It is not about learning how to conjugate verbs, but rather deciding which tense to use in the first place.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

How to Revise & Proofread: Yes, They're Different!

Do you try to fix every error while you're drafting--and find you don't make much progress? Or are you unsure about what to look for when you're revising? This workshop outline a technique of starting with higher-order concerns (revising), then tackling the details (proofreading) to help your manage your writing process more effectively.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

View a list of all undergraduate writing workshops offered by the SLC.

Learning

Successful Exam Writing

Focusing on the period immediately before and during exams, this workshop will touch on preparation and then discuss time management during exams, as well as common types of questions:  multiple choice, problem solving, essay and short answer.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301

Crunch Time: Survival 101

Panicky about deadlines and upcoming exams? Or are you in avoidance mode now and the stress will hit you later? Either way, come learn how to deal with exams ... and with your own worst "crunch time" habits!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301

View a list of all undergraduate learning workshops offered by the SLC.

English as an additional language (EAL)

Pronunciation for Academic & Professional Settings

This eight-week non-credit course is designed for students for whom English is an additional language. The course provides the rules, learning strategies, and contextualized practice in the stress, rhythm, and melody of English words, phrases, and discourse.

There is no fee for the workshop, but the cost of the required textbook is $40.
Required textbook: Speech Craft: Discourse Pronunciation for Advanced Learners, by Laura Hahn and Wayne Dickerson. Textbooks will be distributed on the first day.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Harbour Centre, Rm 2520

Let's Talk!

Let's Talk! is a weekly workshop that gives students for whom English is an additional language an opportunity outside of class to improve their English conversation skills, learn strategies for academic success, and have fun meeting people.

Participants will develop their conversation and listening skills through a variety of topics, such as stereotypes, slang and idioms, social media, Canadian and global culture, presentation skills, pronunciation, and story-telling.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

Improving Academic Grammar & Style

This 8-week non-credit course focuses on grammar for writing essays and reports. Students will learn how to use grammar as a resource to express themselves accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately in academic writing. In addition to the focus on grammar, students will learn how to write an effective academic stance, practice strategies for connecting ideas within a paragraph and section, and learn to write in an appropriate academic style. There is no fee for the course, but the cost of the required textbook is $40.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:20pm
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:20pm
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:20pm
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:20pm
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:20pm
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:20pm
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:20pm
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

Speak Like Obama: Creating Emphasis Through Pausing

Learn how speaking in message units can add weight and authority to your class presentations.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1510

View a list of all undergraduate EAL workshops offered by the SLC.