Writing Centre Tutors

Trevor Block

Fall 2019 - Current

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.


  • Tuesdays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Email: tblock@sfu.ca

Tabatha Mason

Fall 2021 - Current

I’m an undergraduate student at SFU completing a BA in Linguistics and French. Having taken several foreign language classes in middle and high school, I learned that I really enjoy learning grammar – especially the grammar of foreign/second languages. I decided to pursue linguistics because I realized that there’s so much more to language than just grammar – and that’s something that I wanted to learn more about. When I took my first writing course in Linguistics, I had no idea where to start writing, or how! The LDWC really helped me get through LING 282W and later courses, and I hope that I can help other students in the same way.


  • Wednesdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Fridays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Email: tabatham@sfu.ca

Student Resource Developers

Lucas Chambers

Spring 2019 - Current

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.

Email: lca122@sfu.ca

Lee Gellatly

Spring 2021 - Current

Lee is an undergraduate at SFU majoring in linguistics and is currently helping the LDWC to generate additional educational resources for students. Her experience in education includes years of teaching music to a diverse body of students of all ages and abilities, seeing different methodologies, and watching the same patterns of confusion and eureka moments unfold. She also vividly remembers her first-year struggles of linguistics and feeling that there were not enough tutorials online! By combining her understanding of pedagogy, recent student experience, and evidence-based research, she hopes her work will make life just a little bit easier for struggling students.


Email: lee_gellatly@sfu.ca

Research Asssistants

Kelli Finney

Fall 2019 - Current

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.


Email: kfinney@sfu.ca