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During COVID-19, Student Learning Commons services continue.
 
For the complete range, including consultations, support, workshops, handouts, and groups, see SLC services continue online.  

 

The Student Learning Commons offers a suite of workshops under the following categories; Learning, Writing, and English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Workshops range from 60 to 90 minutes and provide valuable information in engaging formats.

Each semester we present a slightly different collection of workshops.

You can also search by date in our workshops calendarco-curricular record approved badge

Attendance at any Student Learning Commons workshop or having viewed any online webinar recording is eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record. To receive Co-Curricular credits, fill out the Webinar Reflection Form for CCR.

Note: Students cannot receive Co-Curricular (CCR) credits for a workshop if the workshop is already being used to receive academic credit in a course.

SFU values diversity and is committed to inclusion. If you require any disability related accommodations in order to fully access and participate in this workshop/event, please contact us directly at library-workshops@sfu.ca. Please contact us as soon as possible as some accommodations will require lead time to arrange (i.e. CART, ASL).

Writing

Noun Clauses and Integrating Evidence

Learn to improve how you integrate evidence by using noun clauses (dependent clauses introduced with that, if, whether, or another wh-word) to report what others think or have said when introducing a paraphrase, summary, or quotation.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm Webinar

Multimodal Writing

This session will introduce you to a number of different writing modes including blogging, podcasting, and webcasting. We will focus on  the principles that are unique to writing for each of these modalities, as well as on the aspects of writing that apply across the board. Webinars will be 30-45 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm Webinar

Verb Forms

Did you know that only three tenses—simple present (70%), past (23%), and perfect (5%) — account for the majority of tensed phrases in academic writing? Learn to use these tenses effectively in your writing.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm Webinar

Hot Tips for Revising

Congratulations--you've drafted your paper! What's next? This workshop overviews a technique of revising higher-order concerns, then looking at the finer details of your piece. You'll also learn more about common errors that can trip up even strong writers. Webinars will be 30-45 minutes, with the remaining time for open discussion. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Webinar

View a list of all undergraduate writing workshops offered by the SLC.

Learning

Successful (Online) Exam Writing

Are exams coming up? Do you want to improve on your midterm experience?  This workshop is organized around evidence-based research on exam preparation, as well as a Summer 2020 survey about the most common types of online exams among SFU Undergraduates (1. forced order multiple choice and 2. Open book) and students' most common concerns:  running out of time, exam anxiety, and technical issues. This webinar may be recorded for later use.

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Dates Location
Friday, November 27, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Webinar

View a list of all undergraduate learning workshops offered by the SLC.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Academic Writing and Grammar for Multilingual Learners (EAL)

Academic Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners is a seminar-style workshop series offered by the Student Learning Commons (SLC) and has been carefully designed to help you succeed as a multilingual learner of English.

The workshop combines grammar for academic purposes, critical thinking, and academic writing for university. The main writing task is to produce a self-report (narrative) that stimulates participants to restructure their understanding of the nexus between language, culture, and identity. Students will complete reading, writing, and grammar tasks, all of which will be used to provide personalized feedback.

Open to undergraduate students only.

The required workbook for the course is the online version of Grammar for Academic Purposes 2 by Steve Marshall. 

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Dates Location
Monday, September 14, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, September 28, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, October 26, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, November 2, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, November 23, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Webinar

Let's Talk!

Let's Talk! is a weekly workshop that gives students for whom English is an additional language an opportunity outside of class to improve their English conversation skills, learn strategies for academic success, and have fun meeting people.

Participants will develop their conversation and listening skills through a variety of topics, such as stereotypes, slang and idioms, social media, Canadian and global culture, presentation skills, pronunciation, and story-telling.

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Webinar
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Webinar
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Webinar
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Webinar
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Webinar

Plurilingual Café

The Plurilingual Café is a weekly workshop on Zoom facilitated by volunteer peer educators. The goals are to recognize and celebrate the rich plurality of EAL students' everyday language practices and interactions. Tasks are designed to support student learning by fostering intercultural awareness among the participants, offering opportunities to learn more about each other’s languages and cultures, and by creating spaces for the use of languages other than English as tools for learning.

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record at www.sfu.ca/students/get-involved/recognition/co-curricular-record.

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Dates Location
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Webinar
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Webinar
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Webinar
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Webinar

Noun Clauses and Integrating Evidence

Learn to improve how you integrate evidence by using noun clauses (dependent clauses introduced with that, if, whether, or another wh-word) to report what others think or have said when introducing a paraphrase, summary, or quotation.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm Webinar

Verb Forms

Did you know that only three tenses—simple present (70%), past (23%), and perfect (5%) — account for the majority of tensed phrases in academic writing? Learn to use these tenses effectively in your writing.

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm Webinar

View a list of all undergraduate EAL workshops offered by the SLC.

View on your own schedule: Recorded workshops and webinars

Browse recorded SLC webinars and online workshops by topic -- and watch them at a time that works for you!