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 2020 semester is below.

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 - Summer 2021

Arabic

ARAB 100 - Introduction to Arabic I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ARAB 100 D100 Rastin Mehri
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Chinese

CHIN 100 - Mandarin Chinese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 100 D100 Jia Fei
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 100 D200 Jia Fei
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 100 D300 Jia Fei
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

CHIN 101 - Mandarin Chinese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 101 D100 Billie Ng
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

CHIN 152 - Spoken Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 152 D100 Jia Fei
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 152 D101 Jia Fei
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

German

GERM 102 - Introductory German I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 102 D100 Julia Rueben
Tu, We, Th, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Greek

No GRK courses for summer 2021. Check back for our fall 2021 courses.

Italian

ITAL 100 - Introductory Italian I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 100 D100 Tu, We, Th, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Japanese

JAPN 100 - Introduction to Japanese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 100 D100 Eri Hato
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D200 We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D300 We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D400 Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 E100 Tu, Th 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 L100 TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

JAPN 101 - Introduction to Japanese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 101 D100 Naoko Takei
Tu, We, Th, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 101 D200 Naoko Takei
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 101 E100 Naoko Takei
We, Fr 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

JAPN 200 - Advanced Beginners' Japanese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 200 E100 Naoko Takei
Tu, We, Th, Fr 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
Location: TBA

Persian

No PERS courses for summer 2021. Check back for our fall 2021 courses.

Punjabi

No PUNJ courses for summer 2021. Check back for our fall 2021 courses.

Spanish

SPAN 102 - Introductory Spanish I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 102 D100 Natalia Daza-Sanchez
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 102 D101 Sessional
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 102 D102 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 102 D103 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

SPAN 103 - Introductory Spanish II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 103 D100 Carolina Lemay
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 103 D101 Sessional
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Literature courses - Summer 2021

Literature

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 D100 Mark Deggan
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 100 D101 Mark Deggan
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 100 D102 Mark Deggan
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 104W C100
Distance Education

WL 307 - Creative Writing in World Literature (Short Fiction)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 307 D100 Anosh Irani
Mo 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 320 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to World Literature (Hidden Soundscapes: Music/Theatre/Performance)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 320 D100 Mark Deggan
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 490 - Honours Graduate Essay

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 490 D100 Melek Ortabasi
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby