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Grammar Camp: Ending a sentence in a preposition

Published November 24, 2020 by Hermine Chan
To grammar or not to grammar? That's the question.

Ending a sentence in a preposition is something up with which I will not put! Let’s talk about that infamous Latin grammar rule and scenarios where you won’t be able to not end a sentence in a preposition (yikes, a double-negative too)!  

In the time of Zoom: internationally-based students  

Published November 12, 2020 by Hermine Chan
Students are spending more time than ever online

The pandemic has changed the way we live and learn, and some internationally-based students are feeling more pressure than ever as they deal with time zone differences and expectations.  Some of our EAL peers share their experience working with, or themselves being, internationally based students. 

Lost In Translation: Gaa jau, everyone!

Published October 23, 2020 by Hermine Chan
Night in Hong Kong

In these Lost in Translation posts you can expect to read about common words and phrases that result in interesting (and sometimes funny) translations when we try to explain them in English. 

Contributions to this series come from across the SLC and we also welcome submissions from the wider university community. 

Our third post features Cantonese, one of the most difficult languages to learn for non-native speakers, but it is one of the dialects that sounds the closest to ancient Chinese. 

Different ways of approaching the academic essay

Published September 30, 2020 by Hermine Chan
Writing an essay? There are different ways of approaching it

Many students don’t find the academic English essay structure natural — it can seem repetitive, direct, and rigid. It’s important to recognize that the English essay structure is just one mode of thinking!   

Celebrate your academic integrity this week

Published September 28, 2020 by Julia Lane
SFU students explain what academic integrity means to them during the 2019 academic integrity week (back before physical distancing rules!)

SFU's Academic Integrity week is September 28 - October 2, 2020.

We know that this year is unlike any we've had before. You are learning from your own home, in front of a computer. In this context, academic integrity can be even more challenging than usual. It is also even more important. 

Participate in academic integrity week to learn more about how to complete your work with integrity, and to celebrate the ways you already approach your learning and your work with honesty and integrity. 

Writing a Professional Email: 101

Published September 22, 2020 by Julia Lane
Tips for writing a professional email

Former SLC English as Additional Language Peer Bessie W. returns with tips and tricks for writing a professional email. Just in time to help you reach out to your professor or TA to get clarification on those first assignments... 

Insights from a summer of remote learning

Published September 8, 2020 by Julia Lane
The academic semester can feel like a blur of stress and deadlines. Don't forget to build in breaks!

Former Writing and Learning Peer Grace L. reflects on her experiences with remote learning in the summer 2020 semester. She offers tips to help you set and maintain boundaries to support both your academic success and your health and well-being. 

We wish you the very best for this new kind of learning adventure and hope that these insights from the summer semester can help you get set up for success! 

Join the Conversation Partners Program

Published September 1, 2020 by Julia Lane
Join the SLC's Conversation Partners Program today - meetings continue online!

Former SLC English as Additional Language Peer, Trina Lal, shares reflections on the benefits of participating in the Conversation Partners program. The program continues online during SFU's remote instruction. Sign up to participate here

Lost in Translation: Apna dhyaan rakhna in English

Published August 25, 2020 by Julia Lane
Read this post to learn about a common Hindi phrase, and why it is difficult to translate Hindi into English due to the sentence structures they use.

In these Lost in Translation posts you can expect to read about common words and phrases that result in interesting (and sometimes funny) translations when we try to explain them in English. 

Contributions to this series come from across the SLC and we also welcome submissions from the wider university community. 

Our second post comes from former Writing and Learning Peer Educator and frequent blog contributor, Deeya B., and highlights her mother tongue, Hindi. 

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