Fall 2023 - EDUC 835 G031

Graduate Study in Second Language Education (5)

Class Number: 4179

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Fri, 10:30 a.m.–3:20 p.m.



Educational topics and academic and cultural adaptation to graduate study in Canada. Explores key questions in contemporary educational discourses, issues of culture, language and identity, and develops advanced academic literacy through intensive reading and writing.


This course has been designed specifically for the Teaching Languages in Global Context (TLGC) Program. It runs concurrently with the program's other academic coursework in order to support students' negotiation of academic literacy demands.  Coursework is intended to scaffold your participation in educational discourses, particularly theoretical frameworks common to English language education curriculum and pedagogy in North America.  Course assignments are intended to strengthen students' ability to engage in scholarly discourse. There will be opportunities to analyze and practice academic writing, to understand research genres and styles of expression that meet the expectations of academic readers in this field, and to develop your ability to read, write, and share ideas at the graduate level. The main focus of this course is on negotiating voice in academic writing and becoming a critical reader and writer while you learn the discourses and practices of second language education in the North American context.

Meeting Days: Fridays

Meeting Times: 10:30 AM - 3:20 PM

Meeting Location: Building and Room WMC 2522


  • Meaningful participation in-class activities 10%
  • Graduate writing genres assignment:
  • 1: supporting genres 10%
  • 2: critical synopsis of article 10%
  • 3: critical analysis of article 10%
  • 4: academic paper scaffolding 10%
  • Annotated bibliography 25%
  • Academic discourse socialization project 25%



Swales, John M. and Feak, Christine. (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students, 3rd Edition: Essential Taskes and Skills. University of Michigan Press ELT.
ISBN: 978-0472034758

Required readings will be distributed via Canvas and/or available via the SFU Library website.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.