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Student Learning Commons: English as an Additional Language Peers

SLC EAL peers are trained, skilled, and friendly student volunteers who are able to provide conversational English language support to students for whom English is a second or additional language.

Amana S. is a 3rd year Political Science student. She is interested in both teaching and learning about different cultures and languages and hopes to pursue a career relating to this. During her spare time you can find her reading, listening to music, or exploring the outdoors.

Ashley B. is a fourth-year student completing a BA with English as her Major. She has experience helping other students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds through leading tours of her high-school for new students and from having been a French tutor. Upon graduating from SFU, she looks forward to going to graduate school to pursue a Masters in English and wishes to travel to Japan in the future.

Bessie W. is a 4th year communications student with an interest in social media and event planning. She has been an EAL peer for two years and enjoys learning about new cultures and languages. Her native language is English and Cantonese and she is currently improving her Mandarin. Her next bucket list destination is the UK and her favourite dogs are corgis.

Connor M. is a fourth year student majoring in English. Though previously majoring in Psychology, he currently aspires to be an English teacher. In his off time, he enjoys reading (horror, sci-fi, and mysteries), writing for the SFU newspaper, "The Peak", table top games, and karaoke nights.

Chantelle H. is a fourth year student studying Geography and Linguistics. She is also in the process of completing the TESL certificate at SFU. In her free time she enjoys studying Japanese and recently came back from studying
abroad for a semester in Japan. When she graduates she hopes to teach English in Japan. 

Josephine C. is a fourth year student pursuing a BA in Health Sciences. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new languages, watching TV, and hanging out with her friends. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career relating to Healthcare or to continue with her studies and obtain a Master’s degree in Public Health.

Kathy M. is a second year Business student. She is uncertain what her future career would be, hence does not know what to major in yet. However, she hopes to find her way out of the crossroads through volunteering and engaging in the SFU community.

Kristina M. is a third year student studying Linguistics, Psychology, and Education. She is extremely nerdy when it comes to languages and believes that it is through good communication skills that you are able to achieve things. Her TESL experience has increased her desire to teach others and learn from them. When she graduates, she wishes to help those with communicational difficulties.

Leo L. is a fourth year Criminology student who can speak Cantonese and a little bit of Mandarin. He enjoys participating in school club activities and events. Outside of school, he likes to hang out with friends, finding food places, shopping, or watching movies. Generally, he is open to exploring new places and meeting new people. Leo will be satisfied to work at his university in the short term after he graduates.

Merle C. is a third year Communications Major and international student from Germany. She has a Certificate in Writing for Film and TV from Vancouver Film School and still enjoys creative writing and watching good movies and shows. She is preparing for her first Co-op work term in Spring, 2019 and loves taking courses out of interest such as GSWS, GEO, and HIST.

Michelle Z. is a fourth-year Psychology student, minoring in Linguistics and working towards completing her TESL Certificate. She is passionate about learning new languages, experiencing different cultures and travelling to different places. In her spare time, she enjoys going to cafés, organizing her agenda and catching up with friends over food and karaoke. Michelle enjoys teaching and being part of a larger community, after graduating, she hopes to teach English abroad.

Neha A. is pursuing her Master’s in Teaching English as an Additional Language from SFU. She has previously majored in Literature, Linguistics and History respectively from India and is a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) certified trainer. She enjoys singing, relaxing in nature’s lap and exploring the history of people and places. She is passionate about teaching and learning and hopes to help her community by sharing this passion.

Rachel D. is a third year Linguistics student minoring in Cognitive Science. She is working on completing the TESL Certificate at SFU. She also is a FASS mentor and the event coordinator for the Linguistic Student Union (LSU). When she graduates from SFU, she hopes to teach English abroad.

Rahul A. is an international student from India and currently in his last year pursuing a BA in Economics. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and volunteering, especially at schools. Rahul aspires to become a teacher after completing his studies at SFU.

Sam T. is an international student and currently in her third year of Health Science, BSc degree. In her spare time, she enjoys listening music, singing and reading. She enjoys listening and sharing experiences with others and looks forward to meet new people.

Stephanie L. graduated with an English major, Education minor and the Writing and Rhetoric certificate from SFU. She had some separation anxiety after graduating and so has come back to help the Student Learning Commons before entering the real world. She is an avid believer in the power of discourse and communication and looks forward to meeting some amazing people.

Theresa Y. is a third-year student studying linguistics and pursuing a TESL certificate. She enjoys reading, eating out, and volunteering in her spare time. She enjoys making everyday conversation and learning new languages. After she graduates, she hopes to pursue a career in teaching.

Trina L. is a fourth-year criminology student. She has studied French from the 5th grade until graduating from high school, and is fluent in English and Hindi. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and submerging herself in different cultures, reading, and drinking coffee.