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'Tis the season... the exam season

Published December 4, 2019 by Julia Lane
You're making a list, and checking it twice... an exam prep inventory list that is...

It's the first day of exams! Here are some of the SLC's top tips for exam season. 

Speaking between two cultures: An interview

Published November 26, 2019 by Julia Lane
Conversation Partners in conversation about language, learning, and SFU.

The SLC Conversation Partners Program pairs EAL students with volunteer peers. Conversation partners then meet on a weekly basis throughout the semester.

In this blog post, SLC Peer Bessie W. interviews two of her conversation partners to hear their unique perspectives on the program and their experiences at SFU. 

Reflecting on English as Additional Language Peer Educator Training

Published November 12, 2019 by Julia Lane
EAL Peer Educator Ashley K.'s reflections on her training experiences

Guest blogger and English as Additional Language Peer Educator, Ashley K. writes this week about her experiences with EAL Peer training. In particular, she reflects on a lecture presented by Dr. Ena Lee, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education. Dr. Lee's talk focused on the "commonsense discourses" of English language learning, and how these "commonsense" ideas are often actually wrong. 

Ashley connects this talk with her experiences doing a "Pluriligual Identity" exercise and reflecting on her own connections with language learning, identity, and culture. 

 

Survive the (passive) zombie apocalypse with the SLC!

Published October 31, 2019 by Julia Lane
Don't let your writing get taken over by (passive) zombies! The Student Learning Commons is here to help

Want to learn a quick, and Halloween-appropriate, strategy for checking if your sentence is in the active or passive voice?

Read on, if you dare... 

Six word stories

Published October 15, 2019 by Julia Lane

Sharing more of the six word stories we have collected by asking members of the SLC community to reflect on their mistakes and/or what they've learned from them. Enjoy! Maybe you'll see yourself in some of these micro-stories! I know I do... :}

Essential components of argumentative writing

Published October 1, 2019 by Julia Lane
Incorporate these essential components of argumentative writing into your own papers for maximum essay success!

Have an argumentative or thesis-based essay coming up for one of your classes? Check out this blog post to help you develop a thorough and well-supported argument! 

Thank you to Teeba Obaid, PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Education, for contributing this post to the blog!

CJSF interview -- Inclusive Writing resources highlight

Published September 17, 2019 by Julia Lane
Listen to the SLC on CJSF!

On July 29th, Julia Lane (SLC Writing Services Associate) did an interview with Ciara Reid on CJSF. Check out the link in the post to listen to the interview and learn about the SLC's forthcoming Inclusive Writing resources. 

 
 

Conversation Partners

Published September 10, 2019 by Julia Lane
Join the SLC Conversation Partners 2019 cohort

Are you a multilingual student who would like to improve your English conversation skills in a one-to-one setting with a student volunteer?

The Conversation Partners Program is for English as an Additional Language (EAL) undergraduate and graduate Simon Fraser University students who wish to be paired with a student volunteer to practice and improve their conversational English in a friendly, supportive environment.

The Conversation Partners Program is accepting registrations for the Fall 2019 semester. Only a few spots still remain, so register today to secure your spot!

5 popular time management strategies

Published September 3, 2019 by Julia Lane
Now is the time to brush up on your time management strategies

Do you sometimes find yourself in ‘busy mode’ but not accomplishing much? Do you feel you could be more organized or productive? With the start of the fall semester, it's the perfect time to set some intentions about how you want to spend your time and get prepared!

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