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Upcoming workshops for undergraduates: Student Learning Commons

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 calendar.

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

Kick Start Your Academic Success

Do you want to learn proven strategies and effective tips to succeed in your courses? Whether you are a current student, just coming from high school, transferring from college, or returning after some years away, you won't want to miss this half-day academic success workshop offered by the Student Learning Commons to help you kick start your semester! 

Come and learn how to effectively:

  • Develop self and time management habits for success at SFU
  • Maximize your effectiveness in lectures, reading and studying
  • Research and write university level papers

For questions about Kick Start Your Academic Success, please contact Dal Sohal at dsohal@sfu.ca or 778-782-8509.

Dinner and snacks are included in the $20 registration fee.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 2:30pm to 7:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

Academic Writing & Speaking Boot Camp

Academic Writing & Speaking Boot Camp

Do you want to brush up on your grammar and speaking skills?  If so, register for Academic Writing and Speaking Boot Camp, a four-day intensive workshop during Reading Break.  The workshop will focus on grammar and style in the mornings and tutorial participation in the afternoon.

Offered in collaboration with the Center for English Language Learning, Teaching, and Research (CELLTR).

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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

Learning

Kick Start Your Academic Success

Do you want to learn proven strategies and effective tips to succeed in your courses? Whether you are a current student, just coming from high school, transferring from college, or returning after some years away, you won't want to miss this half-day academic success workshop offered by the Student Learning Commons to help you kick start your semester! 

Come and learn how to effectively:

  • Develop self and time management habits for success at SFU
  • Maximize your effectiveness in lectures, reading and studying
  • Research and write university level papers

For questions about Kick Start Your Academic Success, please contact Dal Sohal at dsohal@sfu.ca or 778-782-8509.

Dinner and snacks are included in the $20 registration fee.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 2:30pm to 7:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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

English as an additional language (EAL)

Academic Grammar & Writing

This non-credit course is divided into two, four week parts:

  1. grammar for academic purposes and
  2. academic writing.

Part one provides a selective overview of the key areas of English grammar that you need to master in order to express yourself correctly and appropriately in academic writing.

In part two, you will practice paraphrasing skills, summary writing, and essay writing.

The course is not formally graded, but students will complete a diagnostic writing task in week one, a summary in week four, and an essay in week eight, all of which will be graded and used to provide personalized feedback.

This course is offered in collaboration with the Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching, Research (CELLTR).

NOTE: All Wednesday classes take place in Room 3008, Bennett Library.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, January 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, February 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:20am
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rms 7200 & 3008

Pronunciation for Social, Academic, & Professional Settings

NOTE: Feb. 8 & Mar. 8 classes take place in 2925, Harbour Centre.

This non-credit course provides the rules, learning strategies, and contextualized practice in the stress, rhythm, and melody of English words, phrases, and discourse. Students will also learn how a Canadian accent differs from American, British, and Australian varieties of English by analyzing popular TV shows.

Required textbook: Speech Craft: Discourse Pronunciation for Advanced Learners, by Laura Hahn and Wayne Dickerson. Textbooks will be distributed on the first day of class. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

There is no fee for the workshop, but the cost of the required textbook is $40.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Harbour Centre, Rm(s) 1500 & 2925

Academic Writing & Speaking Boot Camp

Academic Writing & Speaking Boot Camp

Do you want to brush up on your grammar and speaking skills?  If so, register for Academic Writing and Speaking Boot Camp, a four-day intensive workshop during Reading Break.  The workshop will focus on grammar and style in the mornings and tutorial participation in the afternoon.

Offered in collaboration with the Center for English Language Learning, Teaching, and Research (CELLTR).

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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