Courses

World Languages and Literatures courses

SFU's Department of World Languages and Literatures (WLL) offers language courses in ArabicChinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, and Spanish, and a wide selection of literature courses, featuring a cross-cultural selection of literary works in English translation. The full list of courses being offered during the Fall 2021 semester is below. The following courses are reserved for students approved by Student Services as part of the REMOTE priority group: CHIN 100 D700/D701; JAPN 100 D700, E700; JAPN 110 E700; SPAN 100 D700/D701; SPAN 110 D700/D701. 

While we encourage you to declare your major or minor in World Literature, and/or pursue a minor in Italian, or a certificate in German or Chinese studies, you can also take any of our courses as electives to diversify your studies. Courses can also be audited (information in the Q & A below).

Languages

Literature

WLL Enrolment Q & A

How do I enroll in, waitlist for, or drop a course?

For information about enrollment, swapping, dropping etc, please see instructions for goSFU. If you are having trouble with enrollment or need academic advice, please contact the the department's advisor.

Please keep in mind the deadlines regarding course adds, drops, and fees.

Can I audit a course?

Yes. There are two types of audit:

  1. Course audit. If you are a registered student at SFU, you may enroll in a course audit.  It will be noted on your transcript but will not, however, provide credits towards graduation. Please see information in the SFU Calendar about course audit.
    To enroll in a course audit, please contact the department advisor. Please note that an audit enrollment will only be processed after all students have had an opportunity to register for credit.  
  2. Special audit. If you are not a registered student at SFU, you may be able to audit the course via SFU Continuing Studies.

Can I repeat a language course?

Yes. Keep in mind that a student may only repeat five courses in a degree program and no individual course may be repeated more than once. Please see the SFU Calendar repeat guidelines

Can I challenge a language course?

You may challenge a language course if you are completing the subsequent language course at SFU (eg you are registered in a course for which the challenge course is a prerequisite). For example, if you have some knowledge of Spanish and are therefore placed into Introductory Spanish II, you can challenge Introductory Spanish I.

Up to six credits in a given language may be challenged. A minimum grade of C in the higher course must be obtained to receive challenge credit.

Please see the SFU Calendar course challenge guidelines. Note that a maximum of 60 credits may be obtained by the combination of transfer and course challenge.

To enroll in a course challenge, please contact the course instructor.  Once permission is granted, the Advisor will arrange for enrollment.

Languages: Grading Q & A

What is the grading scale for language courses?

Below is a general grading scale and may vary with different courses and instructors. Students should consult the instructor and course outline for the grading scale that will be used in their course.

A+ 96-100     A 91-95     A- 87-90     B+ 83-86     B 79-82     B- 75-78     C+ 70-74     C 65-69     C- 59-64     D 50-58     F 0-49

How can I appeal my final grade?

Before you appeal a grade, please read the policies and procedures regarding Grading and the Reconsideration of Grades. If you submit a grade appeal request, your course work may receive a lower grade, a higher grade, or the same grade after re-evaluation. Please note that failing grades are checked carefully and seldom result in higher grade except when a clerical error has occurred.

To appeal a grade:

  1. Discuss your concerns with your course instructor. A student who is seeking reconsideration of his/her final grade in a course is expected to raise the concern with the Instructor without delay, normally within 10 days of the release of the final grade.
  2. After consultation with the course instructor, if you feel there are grounds for appeal, you must submit a written request to the Director of the Language Training Institute for reconsideration of the grade. You must provide, in writing, supporting reason and all relevant information together with all original marked assignments and exams. A request must normally be submitted within 60 days of the release of grades.
  3. After consultation with the Director, if you feel that the decision was not appropriately addressed at the Department level, you may submit an appeal in writing to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. The appeal will be reviewed by the Associate Dean, Undergraduate. The decision is final, subject only to an appeal to Senate.

Languages: Exchange credit evaluations

If you complete a language course while on exchange, please submit the request for course articulation via the Study Abroad process. All documentation must be submitted to enable evaluation.

Inadequate information about the course content and/or materials will result in evaluation delays and requests for additional information. Credits will be awarded only if the required information is provided. It is your responsibility to provide the information necessary for exchange credit evaluation at SFU.

Please note that the Department of World Languages and Literatures is only be able to articulate courses in languages for which we have knowledgeable faculty members.

Language courses - Fall 2021

Arabic

ARAB 100 - Introductory Arabic I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ARAB 100 D100 Rastin Mehri
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Chinese

CHIN 100 - Mandarin Chinese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 100 D100 Jia Fei
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 100 D102 Jia Fei
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
CHIN 100 D103 Jia Fei
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
CHIN 100 D700 Jia Fei
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 100 D701 Jia Fei
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

CHIN 110 - Mandarin Chinese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 110 D100 Jia Fei
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 110 D101 Jia Fei
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby

CHIN 190 - Heritage Mandarin Chinese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 190 D100 Cynthia Xie
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TBA
AQ 5025, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

CHIN 200 - Mandarin Chinese III

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 200 D100 Sessional
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby

CHIN 290 - Heritage Mandarin Chinese III

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 290 D100 Cynthia Xie
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
TBA
AQ 5035, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

CHIN 330 - Intermediate Chinese for Business I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 330 D100 Jia Fei
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 330 D101 Jia Fei
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby

CHIN 390 - Advanced Chinese Reading (Advanced Chinese Reading)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 390 C100
Distance Education

German

GERM 100 - Introductory German I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 100 D100 Claudia Hein
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
GERM 100 D200 Claudia Hein
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
GERM 100 D300 Claudia Hein
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby

GERM 110 - Introductory German II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 110 D100 Claudia Hein
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby

GERM 200 - Intermediate German I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 200 D100 Claudia Hein
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby

Greek

GRK 100 - Introductory Modern Greek I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GRK 100 D100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
GRK 100 D101 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

GRK 111 - Introductory Modern Greek II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GRK 111 D100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
GRK 111 D101 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

GRK 200 - Intermediate Modern Greek I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GRK 200 D100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
GRK 200 D101 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

GRK 211 - Intermediate Modern Greek II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GRK 211 D100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
GRK 211 D101 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Italian

ITAL 100 - Introductory Italian I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 100 D100 Vlad Vintila
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
ITAL 100 D101 Vlad Vintila
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
ITAL 100 D102 Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby

ITAL 110 - Introductory Italian II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 110 D100 Elena Caselli
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
ITAL 110 D101 Elena Caselli
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

ITAL 200 - Intermediate Italian I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 200 D100 Sessional
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
ITAL 200 D101 Sessional
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby

ITAL 400 - Topics in Italian Literature: Contemporary Prose, Poetry and Theatre (Contemporary Italian Prose, Poetry, Theatre)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 400 D100 Elena Caselli
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
ITAL 400 D101 Elena Caselli
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Japanese

JAPN 100 - Japanese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 100 D100 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D200 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 1500, Vancouver
JAPN 100 D300 Chie Furukawa
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
JAPN 100 D700 Chie Furukawa
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 E700 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

JAPN 110 - Japanese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 110 D100 RIMA IBATA
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
JAPN 110 D200 RIMA IBATA
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
JAPN 110 D700 RIMA IBATA
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

JAPN 200 - Japanese III

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 200 D100 Eri Hato
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby

JAPN 210 - Japanese IV

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 210 D100 RIMA IBATA
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby

JAPN 301 - Intermediate Japanese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 301 D100 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby

Persian

Course Title Instructor Day/Time Location
PERS 100 D100 Introductory Persian I Rastin Mehri
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Punjabi

Course Title Instructor Day/Time Location
PUNJ 100 E900 Introductory Punjabi I Parvinder Dhariwal
Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Spanish

SPAN 100 - Introductory Spanish I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 100 D100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 100 D101 Isabel Mayo-Harp
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
SPAN 100 D102 Isabel Mayo-Harp
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
SPAN 100 D700 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 100 D701 Isabel Mayo-Harp
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

SPAN 110 - Introductory Spanish II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 110 D100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 110 D101 Isabel Mayo-Harp
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
SPAN 110 D102 Isabel Mayo-Harp
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
SPAN 110 D700 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 110 D701 Isabel Mayo-Harp
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

SPAN 200 - Intermediate Spanish I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 200 D100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 200 D101 Isabel Mayo-Harp
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby

Literature courses - Summer 2021

Literature

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 D100 Mark Deggan
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
WL 100 D101 Mark Deggan
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
WL 100 D102 Mark Deggan
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3535, Burnaby

WL 101W - Writing in World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 101W D100 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
WL 101W D101 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
WL 101W D102 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 104W D100 Mark Deggan
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
WL 104W D101 Mark Deggan
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
WL 104W D102 Mark Deggan
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby

WL 200 - How to Do Things with World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 200 D100 Mark Deggan
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby

WL 202 - North/South Intersections

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 202 D100 Maria Barraza
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby

WL 301W - Writing and Research

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 301W D100 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
WL 301W D101 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby

WL 303 - Global Culture and Its Discontents

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 303 D100 Maria Barraza
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
WL 303 D101 Maria Barraza
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby

WL 330 - Special Topic in World Literature (Adapting World Literature for the Screen)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 330 D100 Anosh Irani
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
WL 330 D101 Anosh Irani
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby

WL 400 - Early Literary Cultures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 400 D100 Kenneth Seigneurie
Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby