EAL Resources for Undergraduate Students

Student Learning Commons

The Student Learning Commons (SLC) provides writing and learning support services across the three SFU campuses for all students enrolled at the university, including students for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL). Services are provided through workshops, one-to-one long-term conversation partnerships, personal consultations, print and online resources, as well as through classroom collaborations with faculty and other instructors. 

Let’s Talk is a weekly group session facilitated by volunteer peer educators. The goal is to give students an opportunity outside of class to improve their English conversation skills, learn strategies for academic success, and have fun meeting people. Although designed with international and New Canadian students in mind, this workshop is open to all SFU students. Interested faculty, including visiting professors, are also most welcome. Registration not required. Please drop in! Learn more >
The Conversation Partners Program provides one-to-one, long-term English conversation partnerships. International students and new Canadians are paired with volunteer peer educators, who meet with their partners weekly for the duration of the semester. The goals are to help students strengthen their discussion skills, broaden their level of verbal self-expression, and feel connected to the SFU community. Learn more >

The Student Learning Commons offers individualized English language learning plans for SFU students for whom English is a second or additional language.

To book an individual consultation, please contact ESL / EAL specialist Tim Mossman at telephone: 778.782.8510 or email: tmossman@sfu.ca.

Consultations are 45 minutes in length and include a personalized written assessment, techniques and strategies for improving your English, and recommended resources.

These EAL (English as an additional language) resources are recommended by the Student Learning Commons. Learn more >

EAL Resources for Graduate Students

The Student Learning Commons provides writing and learning support services across the three SFU campuses for all students enrolled at the university, including students for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL). Services are provided through workshops, one-to-one long-term conversation partnerships, personal consultations, print and online resources, as well as through classroom collaborations with faculty and other instructors. Learn more >
Research Commons supports the research endeavours of the University community, with particular focus on graduate students during all stages of the research lifecycle – ideas, partners, proposal writing, research process, and publication – and provides easy access to both physical and virtual research resources.  Learn more >
The International Teaching Assistants Program is a graduate seminar specially designed for teaching assistants and graduate students who speak English as an additional language. The seminar helps students’ academic communication and teaching skills. Seminars are free to all new and current SFU graduate students in all disciplines. Registration is required. Learn more >

Other Supports

The International Services for Students (ISS) office provides support and services for all students seeking information regarding a variety of international learning opportunities. Learn more >

List of Services:

  • Advising and programs for all degree-seeking international students and inbound exchange students
  • Information about Exchanges, Study Abroad, and Field Schools
  • International Orientation
  • Assistance with medical insurance, taxes, visas, work and study permits
  • Community engagement opportunities
The English Language and Culture (ELC) program's full-time courses give you the opportunity to study English in a university setting and build the skills you need for academic success. They also provide an academic pathway to Simon Fraser University’s undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Learn more >
The Foundations of Academic Literacy (FAL) course has been designed to assist new and returning SFU students develop and strengthen their university-level academic literacy skills to meet SFU literacy requirements. FAL X99 prepares students for success in their writing-intensive (W) courses, specifically--courses associated with the SFU Undergraduate Curriculum Initiative. Learn more >