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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 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.

Registration is now closed for the Summer 2019 term. Registration for Fall 2019 term will open September 3, 2019

Non-credit courses

Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners

Academic 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 appropriately in academic writing as a member of the SFU academic community.  The course is not formally graded, but students will complete several reading, writing, and grammar tasks, all of which will be used to provide 

Open to undergraduate students only.

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 ($36.00 at the bookstore).

Fall 2019 term course dates, times, and location:

September 10 - November 12, 2019
Tuesdays, 1:30 PM-3:20 PM
Burnaby, Bennett Library, 7th floor, Room 7200

Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Positioning Yourself as a Junior Scholar

This non-credit, 10-week course is designed for graduate students for whom English is an additional language (EAL). The course focuses on writing tasks that may be required in the earlier stages of a graduate program, and covers Units One to Four in the textbook.  You will learn how to apply your analytical skills to the discourses of your chosen disciplines and to explore how effective academic writing in Western scholarly tradition is achieved in order to position yourself as junior scholars in your chosen academic communities. 

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).

Note: This workshop was formerly titled: "Academic Writing for Graduate Students (EAL)"

Fall 2019 term course dates, times, and location:

September 11 - November 13, 2019
Wednesdays, 10:30 AM-12:20 PM
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Research Commons, Room 7010

**UPDATE: The last class will be held on November 13th (previously November 27th). Class time has been changed to 2 hours (previously 3 hours) from 10:30am - 12:20pm.

Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Writing Up Research

This non-credit, 10-week course is designed for graduate students for whom English is an additional language (EAL).  The course will consolidate many of the tasks from Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Positioning Yourself as a Junior Scholar, and will cover primarily Units Five to Eight of the textbook. The focus of the course is to help prepare you for writing up your own research.

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).

Fall 2019 term course dates, times, and location:

September 12 - November 14, 2019
Thursdays, 2:30 PM-4:20 PM
Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room 1510 (September 12; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 14, 21)
Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room 1520 (November 7, 28)
Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room 2245 (September 19, 26)

**NOTE: Classes are being held at different locations throughout the term. Please see locations above.

**UPDATE: The last class will be held on November 14th (previously November 28th). Class time has been changed to 2 hours (previously 3 hours) from 2:30pm - 4:20pm.

Self-learning exercises

Self Help Resources
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)