Additional Resources: Focus on EAL (English as Additional Language) in the classroom

(papers, short videos, tips etc.)

Discussion Papers

We open with a report that emerges from a research project conducted by Katie Tsang, a FASS graduate (June 2012) in Political Science with a minor in Asia-Canadian studies. Katie is a multi-lingual student born in Hong Kong who, during her undergraduate degree at SFU, has experienced first hand many of the supports and barriers for students studying at SFU whose first language is not English. Out of her own interest in exploring how EAL students negotiate SFU for a course research project she has engaged in numerous projects and investigations. In the one from which excerpts appear below, Katie reviewed literature related to second language acquisition, and designed a study involving informal observations and semi-structured interviews (conducted in Mandarin) with seven students on their experiences here at SFU. Though her work was done for a Sociology class, Katie interviewed Business students, for reasons that appear as described. Her report is unique in the perspective it brings to examining "student experience" of the university, and the excerpts chosen here are to add texture and highlight some experiences some students report that might inform better ways for faculty to anticipate and teach in multi-lingual environments. Katie has been co-supervised in her work by the FASS Teaching Fellow Dr. Adrienne Burk and the Director of the Asia - Canada Program Dr. Yoshi Kawasaki, and has contributed to numerous other projects which will be informing FASS’s work going forward on EAL issues. 

Chinese-Canadian students' language learning experience in Canadian Academe [excerpts from SA 356 paper, 2011] - Katie Tsang 

Teaching International Students More Effectively (Jude Carroll, June 2002) offers a good succinct overview (albeit in a UK context) of issues affecting classrooms with EAL students.

Suggestions for teaching international students more effectively - Jude Carroll

Ways to Help Your ELL Students.  A short guide from U of Toronto.

Teaching Methods. A set of short videos covering a variety of issues in actual classrooms at Humber College, Ontario.

Supporting EAL Learners. A comprehensive set of best practices with FAQ for instructors from Ryerson.

International Student Lifecycle Resources bank. Good resource that breaks down the stages of teaching and provides relevant tips and related research within each stage/common activities.

From Western University, these e-manuals Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students: Surviving and Thriving in Canadian Academia [and…. American Academiaare written for graduate students but also give faculty a ‘heads up’ about things we take for granted in communication and practices.