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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 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

Abstract Writing for Conference Proposals

Need to write an abstract? Wondering how you can put all of the crucial information about your research into just one paragraph? Join us for this workshop on abstract writing, and after applying some of our drafting, revising, and editing strategies, you can walk out with an informative, attention-grabbing research abstract that is ready to go!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3101

Using Sources in Your Paper - Make Your Mark Mondays

You've likely reviewed the Library's plagiarism tutorial. Would you like to learn more about using source-materials effectively and ethically in your writing? This workshop covers integrating sources within paragraphs, clearly attributing what you quote and paraphrase, and finding resources for help with particular citation styles.

This workshop is part of the SLC's "Make Your Mark Mondays" series of free brown-bag writing workshops. Each workshop focuses on aspects of writing that will help you make your mark in your classes.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

More Writing in French: A "Road Map" of Verb Tenses

If you've ever been lost in a maze of French verbs, this writing workshop can help! We clarify the notions of verb moods and verb tenses, then focus on the tenses of the indicative in French. It is not about learning how to conjugate verbs, but rather deciding which tense to use in the first place.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

How to Revise & Proofread - Make Your Mark Mondays

Congratulations -- you've drafted your paper! What's next? This workshop overviews a technique of revising higher-order concerns first, then looking at the finer details of your piece of writing. You'll also learn about common errors that can trip up even strong writers.

This workshop is part of the SLC's "Make Your Mark Mondays" series of free brown-bag writing workshops. Each workshop focuses on aspects of writing that will help you make your mark in your classes.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Harbour Centre, Belzberg Library, SLC, Rm 1002

Presenting Your Honours Research

Do you know that public speaking is many people's number one fear? This workshop is designed to support you as you prepare to present your honours research, particularly if you share in the very normal fear of public speaking. This is a practice-based workshop, so please come prepared with a draft text for your research symposium presentation.  In this session we will explore the following aspects of presentation:

  • breath
  • posture and stance
  • gesture
  • volume
  • performance anxiety
     

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

The Challenge of Working with Student Writing: Strategies and Support for Graduate Supervisors

Learning how to write effective academic texts is often a “by-product” of reading, researching, and writing (and re-writing!), rather than a result of formal training. As such, even well-published scholars who are themselves effective writers can encounter difficulties when it comes to teaching others how to write. Most professors are not writing specialists – nor are they expected or required to be! However, this reality can lead to challenges in supporting the writing of others – challenges which can put a strain on student-supervisor relationships, and lead both parties to feel that there is nowhere to turn for support.
 
This workshop, open to SFU faculty and postdoctoral students in all disciplines, is designed to provide that much needed support. We focus on three core areas:
  • The practice and process of disciplined writing (including an emphasis on goal setting and tracking);
  • The rhetorical structures of academic writing (including an emphasis on developing and organizing critical arguments)
  • An approach to providing feedback on academic writing. 
Participants are invited to critically examine and articulate their own successful writing strategies, and clear information is provided about the writing services available to support SFU graduate students. To get the most from this workshop, we also encourage you to bring anonymous samples of student writing. We'll use these for discussion and practice in providing confident, informative, and supportive feedback to graduate student writers.
 
Coffee/tea and light snacks will be provided.



This workshop is available to faculty members and postdoctoral students from across all disciplines at SFU.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

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

Learning

Presenting Your Honours Research

Do you know that public speaking is many people's number one fear? This workshop is designed to support you as you prepare to present your honours research, particularly if you share in the very normal fear of public speaking. This is a practice-based workshop, so please come prepared with a draft text for your research symposium presentation.  In this session we will explore the following aspects of presentation:

  • breath
  • posture and stance
  • gesture
  • volume
  • performance anxiety
     

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

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.

Letters of completion are available to students who attend at least 80% of the classes (13 classes) and complete the assignments. You can request a letter of completion by emailing tmossman@sfu.ca after the course has finished.

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

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.

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

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
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 1:20pm to 2:20pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505

Vancouver is Awesome!

Do you want to get to know Vancouver better, meet new people, and improve your English conversation skills in a casual, group setting? If so, register or drop in for a weekly discussion about awesome  things to do and see in Vancouver. 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.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:50am Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:50am Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:50am Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:50am Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:50am Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390

Freshen up on Your Tenses!

Come to this workshop to learn the subtle meanings conveyed by verb tenses.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

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