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Resources for English for Academic Purposes


During COVID-19, Student Learning Commons services continue.
For the complete range, including consultations, support, workshops, handouts, and groups, see SLC services continue online.  


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. 

For the Spring 2021 term, Academic English Coaching sessions will be held virtually on either Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate. 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.

How it works

The English for Academic English Coaching Program is designed to help you identify 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 (in total a maximum of 5 times) 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.

Workshop Series


Academic Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners

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

The workshop combines grammar for academic purposes, critical thinking, and academic writing for university. The main writing task is to produce a self-report (narrative) that stimulates participants to restructure their understanding of the nexus between language, culture, and identity. Students will complete reading, writing, and grammar tasks, all of which will be used to provide personalized feedback.

Open to undergraduate students only.

The required workbook for the course is the online version of Grammar for Academic Purposes 2 by Steve Marshall. 

For the Spring 2021 term, this workshop series will be held virtually through Bb Collaborate (Canvas).

January 20 - March 31, 2021
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

**NOTE: No session during Reading Break (February 17).


Academic Writing for Graduate Students 

This webinar series is targeted at international students with limited experience writing academic English, “proficient users” with a dominant language other than English, and students whose dominant language is English. It is equally concerned with developing academic writers as it is with improving academic texts.  The webinars move from the micro (vocabulary, verbs, paraphrasing) to the macro (underlying structures and patterns of development in scientific writing).

For the 2021 Spring term, this workshop series will be offered virtually on Zoom.

January 12 - February 11, 2021
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM-11:20 AM & Thursdays at 2:30 PM-3:20PM

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.