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Surrey campus offers courses in Punjabi

August 30, 2013

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Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus, located in the heart of a thriving South Asian community, will this fall be offering a pair of credit courses in learning Punjabi.

Two introductory Punjabi courses under LANG 148 will begin in September. Each special topics language course will have a class of 24 students.

Both were nearly filled to capacity by the third week of registration and there are plans to offer additional introductory Punjabi courses in the spring 2014 semester.

"Given the importance of the Indo-Canadian community, we are delighted to be able to offer classes in Punjabi at our Surrey campus," says John Craig, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). "The city of Surrey is a vital hub for Punjabi language and culture, and there is a demonstrated demand from students. We look forward to building closer connections with the Punjabi community." 

Prianka Grewal, a political science student and a peer mentor in SFU’s Global Issues first-year learning community, was drawn immediately to the course.

“Being Canadian-born with Punjabi roots, what really intrigued me about the course was that as much as I can speak the language, I know nothing about the reading or writing aspects of it,” says Grewal. “With English, reading and writing is second nature to anyone brought up here.

“Reading and writing Punjabi was second nature to my parents while they were growing up. I’m taking this course to further embrace the culture that I've been brought up with, and to really be wholly a part of it, rather than to be on the outside looking in.” 

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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