Fiona Shaw

Associate Director, EAL Initiatives

Curriculum & Instruction Division

Fiona Shaw

Associate Director, EAL Initiatives

Curriculum & Instruction Division

Biography

As Associate Director of English as an additional language (EAL) Initiatives I work with leadership within and outside of CEE to support best practices for the academic, social, and cultural support of multilingual students at SFU.  As part of the EAL Initiatives team, I lead specialized EAL educational consultants to provide in-depth professional development for instructors, TAs and staff by designing, planning, and implementing workshops and resources that help meet the needs of EAL students. In collaboration with faculties, programs and instructors we work to develop course-embedded activities, stand-alone courses, and curriculum-wide strategies to support multilingual student success across the university. Our starting principle in this work is that all learners apprentice to the language of their discipline, regardless of their linguistic background. Our team also supports intercultural learning and devlopment, internationalization of the curriculum and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). I completed my MA in Education (TEAL) at SFU and have been supporting students, educators and programs focused on EAL success in community and academic settings for almost 20 years.