According to Paterson, the initiative aimed at comprehending and arranging services for EAL learners, faculty and staff on-campus and thereafter, coming up with schemes to enhance the existing ones. Ena Lee, a professor at SFU explained that the CELLTR was unique in terms of providing services on a daily basis to all on its campus.
Apart from the traditional educational areas, this centre would provide support for language and language skills to meet the standards of SFU students. Lee went on to say that they were examining the socio-academic requirements and how that would benefit a person coming from a very different language and cultural background.
To have access to services like wellness and health, one would require linguistic access or have someone to help them. The CELLTR would also be able to link individuals with services like International Student Services, Health and Counselling and the Student Learning Commons, among many others. Although still in the nascent stages, the workshop and seminars are set off to a start. Lee said that although the faculty at EAL was helpful to the students, they may not possess the necessary knowledge about effective ways to approach pedagogy.
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