Issue 1 | 2019

CELLTR welcomes visiting scholars: Dr. Neil Murray and Dr. Jérémie Séror

CELLTR is thrilled to welcome two senior scholars in the field of applied linguistics, Dr. Neil Murray, Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, and Dr. Jérémie Séror, Director, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa, as visiting scholars this semester. CELLTR welcomes Dr. Séror in collaboration with the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA).

Speaker Series: Lessons learned: Best practices and principles stemming from university-wide content-based language learning programs

Join us for lunch on Thursday, February 28 for Lessons learned: Best practices and principles stemming from university-wide content-based language learning programs with Dr. Jérémie Séror (Director, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa).

Registration: sfu.ca/celltr/facultydevelopment/workshops/speakerseries.html

CELLTR-ISTLD grant funds post-entry language assessment (PELA) for first year engineering students

CELLTR Faculty Liaison, Amanda Wallace is collaborating with Senior Lecturer, Mike Sjoersdma from the School of Engineering Science to design a post-entry language assessment for first-year engineering students at SFU. Amanda and Mike are designing an instrument that will assess reading comprehension skills. The data from this research will help students better understand their strengths and weaknesses related to academic language and literacy skills while informing the instructional teams’ development of language and writing support. The data will also be used for accreditation purposes.

Supporting Graduate Students

At approximately, 5,000 individuals from over 100 countries, graduate students are an integral part of the SFU community. At CELLTR, we’ve had the pleasure of working closely with graduate students on a number of research projects, workshops, and courses. These partnerships have given students and faculty the opportunity to expand their research and collaborate in meaningful ways. CELLTR faculty liaisons work closely with graduate students offering mentorship, tailored one-on-one support, EAL workshops, and RA and TA opportunities.

New Graduate Student Workshops

Throughout the year, CELLTR offers graduate students teaching and learning workshops to support them in SFU’s multilingual and multicultural environment. This semester, CELLTR partnered with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Student Learning Commons to host an EAL workshop for grad students to kick off the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. 3MT is a worldwide competition where students present their research in engaging and accessible ways in three minutes. The workshop highlighted the resources and hidden strengths that EAL students bring to an English dominant university context. CELLTR’s Dr. Valia Spiliotopoulos offered tips on how to leverage plurilingual resources and cultural identities in academic communication, while Dr. Tim Mossman (SLC) presented on speaking clearly in processional settings.

Scholarly Publications

Alongside our efforts to provide student support and faculty/staff development, CELLTR faculty are building research on best practices in teaching and learning in diverse cultural and linguistic environments. Browse our most recent publications below.

Engaging Students: Meet Brent Amburgey

Brent Amburgey is a second year PhD student in the Languages, Cultures and Literacies program in the Faculty of Education at SFU. After a solo trip to Japan sparked an interest in language, culture, and education, Brent decided to pursue an MA in Applied Linguistics. He spent five years teaching overseas in Japan and Hungary and then returned to the Pacific Northwest to begin his studies at SFU.     

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