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

Ena Lee
Assistant Professor

Interim Course Supervisor

Ena is an Assistant Professor in “Language, Literacy, and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Education” in the Faculty of Education. In addition to teaching FAL X99, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the Teaching English as an Additional Language, Equity Studies in Education, and Languages, Cultures, and Literacies programs. She received her BA in Linguistics (SFU), MEd in Second Language Education (OISE/UT), and PhD in Language and Literacy Education (UBC). Her research interests (and the foci of her doctoral and post-doctoral research) include critical pedagogy and critical academic literacy, anti-racist education, identity theory, and teacher education in EAL.



Robert Manery

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.

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.

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 holds a PhD in TESL from 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.

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.

Jing Li


Jing Li is a PhD candidate in Languages, Cultures, and Literacies in the Faculty of Education at SFU. She has had 11 years of experience teaching English as a foreign language and academic writing in China’s higher education. Her former experiences of working with international students has sharpened her sensibility to the needs of multicultural students who try to adapt to academic discourses and expectations in their first year of university. Jing’s research interests relate to the interplays of languages, literacies, and identities in educational contexts.

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.

Bong-gi Sohn


Bong-gi Sohn is a lecturer in the Foundations of Academic Language at SFU and has a PhD in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at UBC. As an instructor and researcher, Bong-gi has a particular interest in plurilingual development of multilingual students through sociological and functional approaches. She has taught a number of courses, including content- and process-based academic writing, applied linguistics, and multilingualism and multimodalities. As a person who has been in the various EAL programs as a learner/teacher, she strives to engage, challenge, and inspire growth in her students, by sensitively responding to and reflecting on both institutional and student needs.

Zuzana Vaskoe


Zuzana has taught FAL since 2009, and previously taught English Language Learners in a broad variety of contexts. With background studies in English and in Arts Education, Zuzana enjoys helping students develop critical thinking and work toward building confidence in their academic writing. Her Ph.D. focused on how the arts - notably writing and visual art - can be means of building personal connections with the natural world, which in turn help bring about the cultural change with regard to environmental stewardship. Among her current research is the development of empathy through writing from another's perspective.

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.

Shaila Shams

Teaching Assistant

Shaila Shams has taught FAL as an instructor and is currently one of two TAs for the course. 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.

Pedro dos Santos

Teaching Assistant

Pedro is a PhD student in Languages, Cultures and Literacies, at the Faculty of Education. He holds a B.A. in English language and literature, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. He has experience teaching English as an Additional Language, English for Academic Purposes, and Portuguese as an Additional Language, in Higher Education and other educational contexts. His research focuses on language and content integrated in higher education.