Language U



A podcast about language, literacy, multilingualism, English as additional language, and more, in university contexts. Sponsored by the Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching, & Research at Simon Fraser University.


  • The Sentence with Peter Wayne Moe

    05/02/2022 Duración: 33min

    Peter Wayne Moe is an Associate Professor of English and Writing at Seattle Pacific University and author of the book Touching This Leviathan, a book about whales (and language, and writing, and much more)*. In this interview, we discuss Peter's article "A Sequence for Teaching the Sentence," published in Teaching English in the Two-Year College  in 2018 and what teaching sentences can do in the composition classroom. (*We also, incredibly, played together in the rhythm section of a jazz band in high school.) Here is the list of sentences we discuss at the end of the episode: As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once. (John Green, The Fault in Our Stars) If the use of a computer is a new idea, then a newer idea is not to use one. (Wendell Berry, “Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer”) You believe that I believe what I believe because of the way I was brought up because of the way you were brought up. (Fredrick Temple, quoted in Beliefs and Values in Science Educatio

  • Language U Season 2: Coming in 2022!

    14/12/2021 Duración: 02min

    Language U is rebooting in 2022! Contact me at the email address here if you'd like to be a guest on an upcoming episode!

  • S1E4 Credit ESL with Julia Williams

    13/12/2021 Duración: 31min

    Language U talks to Julia Williams, Director of English Language Studies and Coordinator of Applied Language Studies at the University of Waterloo, about the nuts and bolts of creating for-credit English- language courses and programs at the university level, and the reasons more universities are choosing to do so. Originally published in 2018.

  • S1E3 Creativity and Academic Writing with Erika Thorkelson

    13/12/2021 Duración: 28min

    Language U talks to Erika Thorkleson, a freelance writer and writing tutor and instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, about the connections between creative and academic writing and her work teaching writing at a uniquely art-focused university. Originally published in 2017.

  • S1E2 Conceding Composition with Ryan Skinnell

    13/12/2021 Duración: 25min

    Language U talks to Ryan Skinnell, professor at San Jose State University and author of Conceding Composition: A Crooked History of Composition’s Institutional Fortunes. We learn about his research on the history of a composition program at Arizona State University and how this perennial first-year writing course functions within higher education institutions. This is Episode 2 of Season 1, originally published in 2017.

  • S1E1 Academic Editing with Roma Ilnyckyj

    12/12/2021 Duración: 29min

    Language U talks to Roma Ilnyckyj, an editor at the science communications company Talk Science to Me, about her work as an editor of scientific and other academic language, the ethics of editing student work and the complicated relationship between editing and writing, especially with work by multilingual writers. Originally published in 2016, this is episode 1 of season 1.