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Academic English Coaching 

student writing

 

AEC has been by far the most useful of all the services I've explored during my graduate studies at SFU.

 

About the Academic English Coaching program

The Student Learning Commons' Academic English Coaching program is especially designed for students with English as a second or additional language.

The program offers free, one-to-one support with an experienced graduate student to help you build on your academic literacy skills, target areas of difficulty, set goals, and work toward achieving them throughout the semester.

The program is now accepting registrations for the Spring 2022 semester. Space is limited. Register now to secure your spot.

 

 

What students have to say about the program

"I strongly advise you to enrol in the SFU's Academic English Coaching Program (AEC). AEC has been by far the most useful of all the services I've explored during my graduate studies at SFU. My academic writing has improved substantially as a result of it. My coach taught me how to read an assignment closely enough so that I do not miss key elements and that I actually do what I am supposed to do. My coach also taught me how to create effective postings, how to structure essays, how to correctly research and reference sources, and even how to use the right language and grammar! SFU Academic English Coaching Program offers highly qualified academic coaching, flexible schedule, stress-free sessions and best of all, it is FREE! There is nothing to lose and a lot to gain by giving it a shot."

“The Academic English Coaching program at Student Learning Common helped me tailor my language skills to better suit academic and professional writing. The assigned coach was very knowledgeable, friendly, and understanding. At first, I was not very confident in my writing skills; however, with the constructive feedback and guidance of my coach, I was able to take the right direction and improve the areas of concern, such as enhancing semantics and various writing structures. I have managed to move from a “C” student to an “A” student in two semesters. I’m pleased that I participated in the program, and I’m looking forward to continuing my participation.”

 

 I have managed to move from a “C” student to an “A” student in two semesters.

 

How to participate in the program

For the Spring 2022 term, Academic English Coaching sessions will be held in person and virtually on Zoom. 

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.

To participate in the program, fill out the online registration form AND create a WCOnline account with your SFU email, if you do not have an existing account created already. You will then be contacted to schedule your first session.

 

There is nothing to lose and a lot to gain by giving it a shot.

 

Self-learning exercises

Self Help Resources
Wide variety of interactive English grammar, listening and reading exercises for academic writing.

The Write Site
Modules on grammar, using sources, structure.

The Academic Phrasebank
Examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organized according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation.