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Upcoming workshops: 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 calendarco-curricular record approved badge

Attendance at any Student Learning Commons workshop is eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record

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

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

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

Learning

Successful Exam Writing

Focusing on the period immediately before and during exams, this workshop will touch on preparation and then discuss time management during exams, as well as common types of questions:  multiple choice, problem solving, essay and short answer.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Crunch Time: Survival 101

Panicky about deadlines and upcoming exams? Or are you in avoidance mode now and the stress will hit you later? Either way, come learn how to deal with exams ... and with your own worst "crunch time" habits!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

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

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Academic Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners (EAL)

Academic Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners is a co-curricular course offered by the Student Learning Commons (SLC) and has been carefully designed to help you succeed as a writer and user of English. 

The course combines grammar for meaning-making in academic contexts, critical thinking, and academic writing for university. The syllabus focuses on developing an appropriate academic voice to help you express yourself appropriately in academic writing as a member of the SFU academic community.  The course is not formally graded, but students will complete several reading, writing, and grammar tasks, which will used to provide personalized feedback.

 Open to undergraduate students only.

The required workbook is Grammar for Academic Purposes by Steve Marshall. Students have the option of purchasing the online version ($23.95) or the book ($36.00 at the bookstore).

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

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.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

The Plurilingual Café

The Plurilingual Cafe is a weekly workshop 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.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, Rm 1390
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, West Mall Centre, Rm 1390

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