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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

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

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)

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

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

Academic Writing & Grammar: Skills for Success

This 5-day workshop is designed to help multilingual students gain confidence in the kinds of academic English language skills needed for success at SFU.  Students will receive 25 hours of direct instruction on strategies for improving academic writing, grammar, and style. These strategies include:

  •  making meaningful connections between ideas
  •  using future verb forms to predict and propose
  •  using past verb forms to report events and situations
  •  making decisions about article usage (the, a, an, Ø), grammar of noun phrases, specific and generic reference
  •  using conditional forms and modal verbs to speculate and draw conclusions
  •  presenting research results and making claims cautiously through “hedging”
  •  practicing expressing stance and using critical thinking skills
  •  writing a cohesive and logical paragraph

This workshop is a collaboration with the Student Learning Commons (SLC) and the Center for English Language Learning Teaching & Research (CELLTR). A welcome breakfast sponsored by CELLTR will be provided on the first day.

There is no fee for the workshop but the required textbook is Academic English: Skills for Success, 2nd edition by Legg, et al, which costs $40.00.  The $40 textbook fee will be collected (cash only) and textbooks distributed on the first day of the workshop (The fee is waived for students who have previously purchased the textbook). Lunch break is between 12:30 - 1:30

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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