Foundations of Academic Literacy

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. FAL X99 prepares students for success in their writing-intensive (W) courses, specifically--courses associated with the SFU Undergraduate Curriculum Initiative (

Academic literacy is about more than reading effectively and writing well. Students in FAL X99 work independently and in small groups:

  • to express their ideas, and those of others, through written and oral academic literacy;
  • to gain confidence in their ability to take on further studies;
  • to explore and present their ideas in the forms and for the purposes that are typical of a variety of academic disciplines;
  • to apply the knowledge they gain in the FAL X99 course to the discipline-specific practices of their on-going studies; and
  • to receive constructive feedback on their writing.

Please refer to the FAL X99 course outline below for an overview of course topics and assignments.

* FAL Syllabus Spring 2020.pdf
The FAL Course Outline is available here as a PDF download. Last updated: January 2020

Contact the FAL Office

If you have any questions in regards to the Foundations of Academic Literacy (FAL X99) course at Simon Fraser University, please contact us:

Main Office

Foundations of Academic Literacy Program

Phone: 778-782-6857