Asking for feedback for your writing sounds great. But how do you do it? How do you know what helps and what doesn't?
In Common: The SLC blog
Words are just words. Or are they? Writing & Learning Peer Angelica Y. writes about the differences between conversational and academic English and gives us some tips for improving our everyday conversations.
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.
Feeling anxious about writing your term papers this semester? You aren't alone! In fact, writing anxiety is experienced by writers across all genres and all stages of writing experience. This blog post explores the topic of writing anxiety and provides some practical suggestions for how to address the anxiety you may be experiencing.
Note: this post focuses on "every day" writing anxiety and not clinical anxiety. If your anxiety is unmanageable, please get support from SFU Health and Counselling or from another health care professional. Your well-being matters!
This post explains the genre of reflective writing, which is often what you are expected to do if you have a (critical) journal or analytical response assignment in your class.
This explanation of reflective writing starts from Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein's (2012) statement that such assignments "require that you demonstrate that you have thought about what it is you think" (p. 222). Graff and Birkenstein are focused on writing in the social sciences, but the idea that you have to think about what you think is broadly applicable to any reflective writing task.
It's a New Year and it's time for a new installment of our Grammar Camp series!
SLC Writing Coordinator Amanda Goldrick-Jones, PhD, is back with a glossary of useful grammar terms to help you with your writing... and with breaking the ice at your next party!
Part-two of Eric Cai's top tips for excelling in university classes that require math and problem-solving.
Want to know more about Eric? Read his In Common welcome interview here.
Many university classes require a lot of math and problem-solving. Eric Cai, the former SLC Peer and guest blogger who we introduced just before the holiday closure, shares his top tips on how to excel in these challenging courses in a two-part series.
In Common welcomes former SLC Peer Eric Cai as a guest blogger. In his posts, he will focus on study and communication skills for students in math and science. Learn more about Eric in the following email interview.
“Hi, how are you?”
“I'm doing well. How about you?”
“I'm good too. Are you from here? Where are you from?”
In this submission to the SLC Multilingual Story Hub, Sneha Ralli digs into this familiar exchange and wonders about the ways that asking where someone is from can serve to accentuate our differences and interrupt one's sense of cultural belonging.
Sneha Ralli is a PhD student at SFU who was born in Delhi and raised in Mumbai, India. Sneha participated in Dr. Timothy Mossman's non-credit course Academic Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners during the Fall 2018 semester.