The Festival of Learning 2016 has ended, it took place June 6–9, 2016. This post-secondary education event hosted more than 400 delegates, offering a variety of session formats, learning experiences, unique spaces, as well as social and networking events. Don’t miss the next Festival of Learning 2018 happening May 28-30, 2018.

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Thursday, June 9 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
International and English as an Additional Language Learners in Co-op: Innovating our Curriculum Delivery and Practice (11:30 - 12:00) LIMITED

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Open Session for 20 Participants (First-Come, First-In)

The EAL student population at SFU is at approximately 41%. Many of these students seek domestic work placements through programs such as Co-operative Education. Language and culture have been shown, in the literature and through the research for this project, to be a barrier to EAL student success.

Staff within Co-op are not typically trained or educated in teaching language and culture. As a result, EAL and CAC students were often displaced to various units, programs or specialty services, none of which were specific to the work search and placement goals of Co-operative Education. 

This presentation will describe the development of an online, self-paced, visually-based course, Job Search Success, to assist EAL and Canada as an Additional Culture (CAC) co-op students better prepare their work search documents and for related intercultural communication activities. Sample curricular elements and initial pilot feedback will be shared.

Heather Williams, Online Learning Facilitator, Simon Fraser University
Nancy Johnston, Executive Director, Student Affairs, Simon Fraser University 


Nancy Johnston

Executive Director, Student Affairs, Simon Fraser University
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Heather Williams

Special Projects: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Vice Provost, Students and International, Simon Fraser University
Heather Williams is currently on secondment with the Office of the Vice Provost Students and International to help develop a strategic plan on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for students at Simon Fraser University. Previously Heather has worked as the Language and Culture Curriculum... Read More →

Thursday June 9, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Venezia Conference Room (Second Floor)