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Resources for English for Academic Purposes

In-person support

Academic English Coaching

The Student Learning Commons' Academic English Coaching program offers free, one-to-one English language coaching to help students for whom English is an additional language improve their academic English skills.

How it works

The English for Academic English Coaching Program is designed to help you identity and address areas that need extra work, set goals, and work towards achieving them throughout the semester. You will meet with an English language specialist a minimum of three times per semester while working independently on a personalized academic English learning plan.

Note: This service is only available to registered SFU students. Non-SFU students, including visiting scholars, post doctorate students and FIC students are not eligible.

Non-credit courses

Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners

Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners is a co-curricular course offered by the Student Learning Commons (SLC) and has been carefully designed to help you succeed as a multilingual learner of English. 

The course combines grammar for academic purposes, critical thinking, and academic writing for university. The syllabus focuses on developing an appropriate academic voice to help you express yourself correctly and appropriately in academic writing as a member of the SFU academic community.  Students will do regular in-class writing, learn how to develop a critical stance, and write a research paper and a give a presentation.

The course is not formally graded, but you will complete several reading and writing tasks, all of which will be graded and used to provide personalized feedback. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Post doctorate students are also welcome.

The required workbook is Grammar for Academic Purposes by Steve Marshall. Students have the option of purchasing the online version ($23.95) or the book ($32.95; available in the SFU bookstore).

Spring, 2019 term course times and location:

Tuesdays, 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Thursdays, 10:00 am-11:30 pm

Library Room 7200

Self-learning exercises

Academic writing
Wide variety of interactive English grammar, listening and reading exercises for academic writing.

Writing paragraphs
Writing exercises for self-directed study on academic writing.

The Write Site (SLC recommended)
Modules on grammar, using sources, structure.

Features of Academic Writing (from University of Hertfordshire, UK)