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Supplemental Instruction for Beginners Language Classes

Submitted by darmstro on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 3:36pm

Free, weekly peer-group study sessions for first year language students

Strengthen your language skills through the Supplemental Instruction for Beginners’ Language Classes

How do you learn a second language?

Typically, after you’ve learned the language’s basic grammar, and internalized 1,500 – 2,000 of its most frequently-used words, you will reach a point when everything “clicks into place.” Once that happens, you will be able to read and write, speak, and understand the language, and you’ll be able to improve your own proficiency outside the classroom.

Intimidated? Don’t be!

The School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures offers free weekly study sessions for students in first-year language classes in Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese and Russian.

Your Student Group Leader will facilitate group activities that will help you process course content and build good study strategies. You can attend regularly or drop in when you think it will benefit you the most.

Study groups will help you get to know your classmates better, and will help you succeed in language learning as a team.

Plan to attend these helpful sessions A new schedule will be posted within the first few weeks of the new term.

A project funded by a Quality Money Grant (2015-2019)
 


 
 
 
 

Meet our Student Group Leaders - Fall 2018

Submitted by darmstro on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 3:40pm

Click on the specific language drop down menus below to read a short bio,
and/or see the session schedule for each student group leader.

Calder Shapland
Arabic

Daniel Birnbaum
Chinese

Lucía González S.
German

Yu Han Kuang
Japanese

Benjamin Rowley
Russian

Arabic

Name: Calder Shapland

Major/Minor Program: International Relations

Year of Program: 3

Future Goals: My career ambition is to apply my knowledge in support of an international NGO or Global Affairs Canada.

How you see your role as SGL: I aim to help first-year Arabic students succeed academically and develop a passion for the language and culture.

How you feel this may benefit you and the other students in your academic experience(s): The SGL sessions will provide me with a rewarding experience, allowing me to share my knowledge and learning strategies with others.

My SGL sessions this semester will run on these days and at these locations:
 
Session Schedule - September, 2018 - December, 2018:

Mondays  |  12:00 - 12:50 pm  |  CHE 212
Tuesday   |   1:00 - 1:50 pm    |  CHD 419
Fridays    |   11:00 - 11:50 am  |  CHC 309

 

Chinese

Name: Daniel Birnbaum

Major/Minor Program: BComm in Accounting with minor in Chinese

Future Goals: Fluency in Mandarin

How you see your role as SGL: I want fellow students to see me as an approachable language assister and friend so that they can find value in the sessions I hold for them. 

How you feel this may benefit you and the other students in your academic experience(s): I find that with learning a language, the more exposure and practice you have, the more effective your acquisition of it will be. These sessions will provide both students and myself with extra practice in a very casual, fun, and participatory setting. Hopefully, through mutual goals and interest in learning Mandarin we can all become friends.
 
Session Schedule - September, 2018 - December, 2018
 
Thursdays  |  2:00 - 3:00 pm  |  CHE 212
Thursdays  |  3:30 - 4:30 pm  |  CHD 419
Fridays  |  11:00  am - 12:00 pm  |  CHE 212

German

Name: Lucía González S.

Major/Minor Program: Linguistics and Language

Year of Program: 2nd Year

Future Goals: I will probably apply to graduate school in a new country where I can learn a new language and culture.

How you see your role as SGL: I see myself as a peer mentor. I am a just a student happy to help others study and learn about a subject I enjoy and feel passionate about.

How you feel this may benefit you and the other students in your academic experience(s): From my experience, attending to SGL sessions helped me a lot to improve my studying skills; I learned faster and that made me feel more confident and comfortable during class participation and exams. It was also a good way to get to know my classmates and make new friends. Now that I will be the new leader I hope I can learn from student's perspectives and skills.
 
Session Schedule: September, 2018 - December, 2018:
 

Tuesdays  |   10:00 – 10:50 am  |  CHD 419
Thursdays  |  10:00 – 10:50 am  |  CHD 419
Thursdays  |  1:00 – 1:50 pm  |  CHD 419

Japanese

Name: Yu Han Kuang

Major/Minor Program: Double Majors combined degree with EALS (Concentration in Japanese) and Sociology

Year of Program: 5th Year

Future Goals: My future goal is currently uncertain, but I want to work in Japan if possible.

How you see your role as SGL: I want to help students with language learning, because I know there will be many struggles throughout the process. I would love to share my experiences with students and help them study and review lecture materials.

How you feel this may benefit you and the other students in your academic experience(s): As SGL, I will have the opportunity to re-study my Japanese materials. Also, I believe it gives both me and students the chance to improve our language learning skills. As a Japanese language learner, I understand what students are struggling the most and able to help them. I would not only help students with their exams, but also pronunciation and intonation as these are also essential in learning a language.

Session Schedule – September 11 – December 7, 2018: 

Tuesdays  |  4:00 - 4:50 pm  |  CHC 309
Wednesdays  |  4:00 - 4:50 pm  |  CHC 309
Fridays  |  3:00 - 3:50 pm  |  CHC 309

Russian

Name: Benjamin Rowley

Major/Minor Program: B.A. East Asian Studies/Linguistics and Language (Russian concentration)

Year of Program: 2

Future Goals: To increase intercultural understanding through language teaching and facilitating cultural exchange. And grad school.

How you see your role as SGL: As a facilitator and mentor.

How you feel this may benefit you and the other students in your academic experiences: This role will help me to cement what I have already learned in Russian and give me experience supporting others in reaching their language goals. As a facilitator, I aim to provide a space for students to apply what they are learning, work through problems in a supportive environment, and improve study strategies. Language study is highly rewarding, but takes perseverance and consistency. As a mentor, I aim to share my experience in and passion for learning languages as well as encourage and assist students to overcome challenges and succeed in learning Russian.
 
Session Schedule - September, 2018 - December, 2018:
 
Mondays  |  1:00 – 1:50 pm  |  CHC 309
Wednesdays  |  3:00 – 3:50 pm  |  CHC 309
Thursdays  |  2:00 – 2:50 pm  |  CHD 420