Language support, Linguistic diversity

Graduate Students Help Support EAL Students at SFU

February 22, 2017

CELLTR works with graduate students by involving them in teaching, student support, and research initiatives involving English as an Additional Language in the university.

For example, CELLTR faculty have facilitated customized workshops to TAs (i.e. within the Department of Economics), as well as to graduate students from across the disciplines at TA/TM day.  CELLTR has also partnered with Lifelong Learning and has hired a graduate student, Mohammad Bagheri, to support program delivery, redesign, and research activities in the International Teaching Assistants' program.

Master's and doctoral-level graduate students from the Faculty of Education are involved in research projects in the following topics: a comparative analysis of various models of support across the disciplines, an assessment of the issues and needs of international TAs, and an analysis of interdisciplinary faculty collaboration on multilingual student success. These graduate students are being mentored by CELLTR faculty in conducting literature reviews, engaging in data collection and analysis, and communicating new knowledge through conference presentations and publications - all vital skills for graduate student success within and outside academia.

Here is a testimonial from one of our graduate students,

"I joined the CELLTR research lab in 2016 and feel very fortunate to be part of this team. I am learning a lot about the nuts and bolts of conducting research in multilingual teaching and learning contexts. We learn from each other’s work, discuss questions and build relationships. The stimulating environment and collaborative ethos that surround the lab is developing my expertise in bilingualism and second language acquisition. Working as a research assistant, I am also being mentored by CELLTR faculty. I feel CELLTR is shaping me to become a graduate student with enough knowledge about my field of study and preparing me for a career in academia."

- Mohsen Hosseinpour Moghaddam
2nd year PhD student
Languages, Cultures and Literacies
Faculty of Education

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