The Foundations of Academic Literacy course is led by Dr. Steve Marshall, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Steve Marshall

Course Supervisor

Steve is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. He has been teaching FAL X99 since 2006. Steve researches academic literacy and plurilingualism across the disciplines in higher education. Steve is the author of Academic Writing: Making the Transition (Pearson Canada, 2012) and Advance in Academic Writing (Pearson ELT, 2017).

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Robert Manery

Acting Course Coordinator

I have taught FAL since its inception in 2006. Previously, I taught English at a private school in Vancouver. My research focuses on the intersection of moral education, epistemology, and the English Language Arts curriculum. My work investigates concepts of open-mindedness, intellectual humility, difficulty, and the limits of understanding within an exploration of literature and literary instruction.

Dr. Naghmeh Babaee


Dr. Naghmeh Babaee teaches Foundations of Academic Literacy in the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University.  Naghmeh has taught graduate and undergraduate academic literacy and research writing, content-based ESL, EAP, EFL, and ESP, and offered professional development and educational seminars to faculty, staff, and students in international contexts. Naghmeh’s research examines English as an Additional Language students’ education, student and teacher identity, as well as bilingual development from critical and post-structural perspectives. Her research explores teaching, learning, and identity (re)construction in multilingual educational settings, including K-12 school and post-secondary contexts.

Susan Barber


I am a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and have been teaching at SFU since 2003.  Both my PhD and Master’s are in Arts Education in writing, literature and philosophy of education.  My research interests are in creative writing and narrative, learning through literature, aesthetics, moral education and teacher education.  I have lived in and taught English in France, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Nepal.  Currently my academic projects are in creating instructional videos for writing and developing courses for distance (online) education. 

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Dr. Marela Dichupa


Dr. Marela Dichupa has been teaching Foundations of Academic Literacy (FAL X99) since 2007.  Her own academic work is interdisciplinary; it is located in the intersection of Philosophy and Visual Culture Studies.  Recently, she has also completed her training in somatically oriented psychotherapy with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in November (260 hours total for Levels 1 & 2). Other courses she has taught at SFU include Introduction to Reflective Practices in Education (EDUC 252), Curriculum Development (EDUC 471), and Curriculum & Instruction in an Individual Teaching Specialty (EDUC 823).


Daniel Dunford


Daniel is a Limited Term Lecturer with FAL and designs and delivers writing workshops for the Professional Development Program in the Faculty of Education.  He has a M.A. in English with a concentration in writing, rhetoric, and linguistic pragmatics.  Daniel taught writing and rhetoric courses for the English Department at SFU for 13 years and has taught Foundations of Academic Literacy for the last 5 years. As a writing consultant in SFU’s Writing Centre (from 1997-2001), Daniel worked with hundreds of students from across the disciplines at all levels of language fluency. He loves teaching and delights in helping students understand the context-dependency of language.

Ismaeil Fazel


Ismaeil is a senior PhD candidate in TESL at the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC. He has also earned a sub-specialization in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology from the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at UBC. Ismaeil has taught courses in academic writing, assessment, applied linguistics, and research methodology. Chief among his research interests are English for Specific/Academic Purposes (ESP/EAP), academic writing, academic discourse socialization, and assessment. He aspires to promote research-based pedagogical practices and practice-based research that address real-life issues in education.

Dr. Joel Heng Hartse


Joel is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, where he teaches FAL and TEAL-related courses and is affiliated with the Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching & Research. His PhD in Language and Literacy education is from the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the teaching of writing in the context of the internationalization of higher education and the globalization of English. He is an editor of the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie.

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Fatima Jalai-Tehrani


I am a bilingual language instructor and curriculum developer, coming from a multicultural background.  I focus on the use of cognitive tools to better engage teachers and learners in multicultural classrooms. This focus stems from my MEd at SFU in Curriculum and Instruction. In my current doctoral research, I look into the relation of language acquisition and identity in multilingual communities.

Jan MacLean


Jan is a Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Education. She has a PhD in Arts Education and has been teaching with the faculty since 2005. Her research interests include literacy, aesthetics and inclusion through the arts.

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Shaila Shams


Shaila Shams is a sessional instructor with FAL. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL from the University of Sheffield, UK. She has taught English at university level in Bangladesh for more than six years. She is currently a PhD student in the Languages, Cultures and Literacies programme at the Faculty of Education at SFU. Her research interests include the trajectory of language and identity development and classroom language teaching practices.


Amanda Wallace


Amanda has been a Limited Term Lecturer with FAL since 2016. Prior to coming to SFU, she was an assistant teaching professor in the College English Program at Seoul National University in South Korea. She is currently a PhD student in the Languages, Cultures and Literacies program, and her research interests include internationalization in higher education, multilingualism, academic literacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Liang Cao

Teaching Assistant

Liang Cao is a Teaching Assistant with FAL. He holds an B.A. in Hispanic Studies and an M.Ed. in TESOL. He is a doctoral candidate in Languages, Cultures and Literacies in the faculty of education with the research focus on language acquisition and queer identities. Before pursuing his Ph.D. at SFU, Liang worked in Ecuador and Argentina for three years as translator and project coordinator. He also worked as a language instructor in ESL/EAP programs in Toronto from 2016 to 2017. 


Mohsen H. Moghaddam

Teaching Assistant

Mohsen (BA and MA in English Language Teaching and MEd in Education) is a PhD student in Languages, Cultures, and Literacies at SFU. He is a CELTA certified ESL teacher with extensive experience in English language training and pedagogy. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant for EDUC 341 Literacy, Education and Culture (Distance Education) and Foundations of Academic Literacy. His research focuses on language and literacy and identity and investment of adult English language learners.