Fiona Shaw

Associate Director, EAL Initiatives

Curriculum and Instruction Division

Fiona Shaw

Associate Director, EAL Initiatives

Curriculum and Instruction Division

Biography

As a passionate educator, I’m excited to bring my skills and experience to this new role within the Centre for Educational Excellence at SFU. I began my career teaching multilingual students in California in 2001 and have since taught English language to adult learners in settlement, community and academic classrooms the USA, Ontario, BC and New Zealand. I have also taught, mentored and supervised novice and experienced instructors in person and online. My program management skills come from both the private and public sectors; most recently from leading the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program for immigrants and refugees at Douglas College. 

My academic background includes a BA in English Language and English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and a Graduate Diploma in TESOL from VCC.  I have an MA in Education (TEAL) from SFU and am a graduate of SFU’s Certificate program in University Teaching and Learning. Throughout my career I have given many invited talks, workshops and conference presentations within Canada and in the US, as well as facilitated the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW). My starting principle in this work is that strategies designed to support multilingual learners should be a key part of a contemporary university teaching practice and will support students to apprentice the language of their disciplines, regardless of their linguistic background.  I am thrilled to be back amongst SFU’s vibrant teaching community and look forward to helping faculty support our diverse and talented students across the university.