Student Learning Commons: English as an Additional Language Workshops and Workshop Series


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co-curricular record approved badgeThis is a list of all English as an Additional Language workshops offered by the Student Learning Commons. All upcoming workshops are listed here.
All SLC English As An Additional Language (EAL) Workshops are recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official University document that tracks students’ co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record
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Workshop Series

Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners of English

A seminar-style workshop series on academic grammar, critical thinking, and essay writing. Sessions are held once per week for 2 hours each. Offered 2-3 times per year. Open to undergraduate only.

Pronunciation for Social, Academic, and Professional Settings

This seminar-style workshop series 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. Offered 1-2 times per year. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students.


Plurilingual Cafe

The Plurilingual Café 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. This workshop is open to all SFU students, both undergraduate and graduate. Interested faculty, including visiting professors, are also most welcome. 

Let's Talk!

Improve your English conversation skills in a casual group setting. Develop fluency, expand your vocabulary, and share cultural perspectives. This workshop is open to all SFU students, both undergraduate and graduate. Interested faculty, including visiting professors, are also most welcome. Register online or drop in.

Structuring Ideas through Grammar

Learn how to improve the clarity, logic, and flow of your writing.

Speak like Obama: Creating Emphasis through pausing

Learn how speaking in message units can add weight and authority to your class presentations.