Succeed in English

Hundreds of SFU graduate students are multilingual speakers with a native language other than English, or have just begun their experience in a new (academic) culture. We have compiled a list of professional development resources at SFU that will help you become a competent actor in a multicultural and multilingual environment.

Resources for Succeeding in English

Writing

Writing is a critical skill for any graduate student. Writing in English, if it's your additional language, can be even more challenging.
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Academic Writing for Graduate Students:
Positioning Yourself as a Junior Scholar

10-week course for EAL graduate students. The course focuses on writing tasks that may be required in the earlier stages of a graduate program.

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Academic Writing for Graduate Students:
Writing Up Research

10-week course for EAL graduate students. The focus of the course is to help prepare you for writing up your own research.

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Academic Writing & Speaking Bootcamp

A 4-day workshop during reading break that focuses on grammar and style in the morning and tutorial participation in the afternoons. Offered every term.

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Academic English Coaching

One-on-one English support for EAL students, meet min. 3 times per semester with an English language specialist. Offered every term.

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Multilingual Students' Hub

A forum for multilingual students to share their stories about events or critical incidents that occurred while learning or using English. Submit your own story.

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Speaking

We offer many opportunities for international students for whom English is an additional language to develop their public speaking skills.
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One-on-One EAL Consultations

Consultations for academic writing, reading, and conversational and academic speaking and listening support. Offered every term.

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Conversation Partners

One-to-one, semester-long service with a volunteer peer educator designed to support multilingual learners' English conversation skills as well as help them with their social and cultural needs as they transition into and through the university.

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Academic Writing & Speaking Bootcamp

A 4-day workshop during reading break that focuses on grammar and style in the morning and tutorial participation in the afternoons. Offered every term.

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Academic English Coaching

One-on-one English support for EAL students, meet min. 3 times per semester with an English language specialist. Offered every term.

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Strategies for Pronouncing Academic and Professional Vocabulary

A 50-minute session to learn how word beginnings (prefixes) can help you to predict word stress regularities and pronounce words more accurately.

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Let's Talk

Develop fluency, expand your vocabulary, and share cultural perspectives in a casual group setting.

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Vancouver is Awesome!

To get to know Vancouver better, meet new people, and improve English conversation skills in a casual, group setting.

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The Plurilingual Café

A weekly workshop with the goal to recognize and celebrate the rich plurality of EAL students everyday language practices and interactions.

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Communication Skills

A weekly workshop to practice English conversation skills.

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Teaching & TA/TM Work

Gain confidence as a teacher, TA, or TM with workshops and professional development.
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International Teaching Assistants Program (ITA)

A 10-week seminar to improve your teaching and communication skills. Also available as a 3-session Just-in-time seminar.

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Multicultural Life

Adjusting to a new culture takes time. Find some support!
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English Language and Culture Program

Programs include:

  • 8-week intensive seminar with or without specialization
  • 4-week summer immersion program
  • Pathway ELC - FIC - SFU

Several events and trainings related to intercultural competence.

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Transition Case Manager

One-on-one support specifically for international students for managing culture shock, school stress, finding housing or understanding documents or Canadian services.

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English as Additional Language Tips

Check out resources such as videos about common workplace phrases and testimonials about different challenges for EAL speakers in the workplace, or infographics about different intercultural topics.

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Workshops

Stay tuned about upcoming events and workshops for international students, e.g. tax workshops, permanent residency workshops, rights for tenants workshops, etc.

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Collections

Discover books, articles, videos, podcasts and many more self-study resources that will help you navigate your graduate studies in English.
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Self-Assessment Resources

Test your English skills with an English proficiency test, free exam samples, and grammar and spelling diagnostic websites.

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Grammar and Vocabulary Resources

Improve your grammar and vocabulary with these self-study resources.

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Listening Resources

Improve your listening skills with self-directed exercises.

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Pronunciation Practice Resources

To understand different accents.

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English Language Schools List

Online English lessons.

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Reading/Current Events Resources

Find useful websites to read more in English.

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Learn English Through Movies

Gain more ease in English by watching movies.

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Resources for Workplace Communications and Culture

Videos and infographics about common workplace phrases and intercultural topics at the workplace, as well as testimonials about different challenges for EAL speakers in the workplace.

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