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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 Summer 2020 term, Academic English Coaching sessions will be held virtually through WCOnline. To participate in the program, you will need to first fill out the online registration form. You will then be contacted to schedule a consultation.

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.  Registration for this service is only open for the first six weeks of each semester, at which time registration will close and students put on a waitlist for the following semester.

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 content focuses on developing an appropriate academic voice to help you express yourself appropriately in academic writing as a member of the SFU academic community.  Students will complete several reading, writing, and grammar tasks, all of which will be used to provide personalized feedback.

For the 2020 Summer term, this service will be provided virtually on Bb Collaborate (Canvas).

Open to undergraduate students only.

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

Academic Writing for Graduate Students 

This seminar-style workshop series is designed for graduate students for whom English is an additional language (EAL). The workshop focuses on writing tasks that may be required in the earlier stages of a graduate program.  You will learn how to apply your analytical skills to the discourses of your chosen disciplines and explore how effective academic writing in Western scholarly tradition is achieved in order to position yourself as junior scholars in your chosen academic communities. Students will complete several reading, writing, and grammar tasks, all of which will be used to provide personalized feedback.

For the 2020 Summer term, this service will be provided virtually on Zoom.

Required textbook:

Swales, John M., & Feak, Christine B. (2011). Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills (3rd Edition). Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press (ISBN: 978-0472-03475-8). An PDF version of this text is available through Open Access and will be made available to registrants during the first session.

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.