Trevor Block

Writing Centre Tutor

Trevor completed the MA program in the Department of Linguistics at SFU in 2019. He studied the cognitive processing and perception of the singular pronoun "they". While completing his degree, Trevor taught LING 200, a course specifically teaching English grammar, which sparked an interest in the rules and nuances of academic writing. Combining this and his passion for linguistics, he joined the writing centre in hopes to help students make their arguments sound and their intentions as clear as possible on paper.

Hours:

    Mondays 2:30 - 4:00 pm

    Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Email: tblock@sfu.ca

Kelli Finney

Writing Centre Tutor & Research Assistant

Kelli is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Linguistics at SFU. As a long-time TA in the department, she has worked with many types of student writing including papers for LING 309W and LING 282W. Her interest in writing began at an early age with attendance at a writers’ conference in Grade 2 to present her short story, “Espresso Cats”. While her current work addresses the more sophisticated topic of X̱aad Kil (Northern Haida) language revitalization through examining conversation structure, her love of storytelling remains. Kelli enjoys helping emerging writers develop their voices as well as editing work for concision.

Hours:

    Tuesdays 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Fridays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Email: kfinney@sfu.ca

Lucas Chambers

Research Asssistant

Lucas is doing the accelerated mater’s program in the Department of Linguistics at SFU. Under the skillful supervision of Dr. Pappas & Dr. Taboada, he is specializing in discourse analysis, specifically using the framework of Systemic Functional Linguistics and focusing on political discourse through analysis of political speeches. Lucas’ most influential exposure to writing pedagogy happened in grades 11 and 12 in history class, which contributed greatly to his focus on coherence and grammar. While Lucas is not currently working as a tutor in the writing centre, he is focusing on creating materials that will hopefully be able to assist students in ameliorating targeted aspects of academic writing.

Hours:

    Lucas is not working as a writing centre tutor this semester.

Email: lca122@sfu.ca