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The Student Learning Common’s Neurolanguage Coaching program offers personalized English language support for multilingual students.

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


1. Register online and create a WCOnline account

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. A coach will contact you by e-mail to you to book your first session.

2. First coaching session: Motivation, Mechanical and Mastery Goals

In session one, your coach will guide you through the '3 M's': 1) Identifying your motivation, 2) setting mechanical goals (grammar, pronunciation), and 3) setting mastery goals (applying or using English in context), and determining activities that will help you efficiently achieve these goals. Your coach will also conduct an oral and written diagnostic of your current English abilities/skills. The goal of this first session is to create a customized framework to help you move forward and improve your English. Finally, and importantly, you and your coach will determine many times per week you willing to spend to achieve your goals.

3. Following coaching sessions

In future coaching sessions, both you and your coach will work together to allocate the consultation time between focusing on mechanical goals and mastery goals. 


  Consultation Terms of Service and Agreement

  • If you are late to your consultation, or need to change or cancel, please email learning-commons@sfu.ca 
  • NO-SHOW POLICY: If you don’t show up for an appointment and didn’t request a cancellation, your appointment will be marked as a no-show. After a second occurrence you will lose booking privileges for the remainder of the semester. 
  • CANCELLING A BOOKING: If you cannot come for your appointment, you may use the online booking system to cancel the appointment 5 hours or more in advance. Appointments that are cancelled within 5 hours of the start time will be marked as a late cancellation.
  • If you have more than three late cancellations during the same term, you may be blocked from booking further SLC appointments for the rest of the term, or until you reach out to us at learning-commons@sfu.ca


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