Courses

World Languages and Literatures courses

SFU's Department of World Languages and Literatures (WLL) offers language courses in ArabicChinese, German, GreekItalian, 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. 

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 - Spring 2023

Chinese

CHIN 100 - Mandarin Chinese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 100 B100 Billie Ng
TBA
Location: TBA
CHIN 100 B101 Billie Ng
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
CHIN 100 B102 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
CHIN 100 B103 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby

CHIN 110 - Mandarin Chinese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 110 B100 Billie Ng
TBA
Location: TBA
CHIN 110 B101 Billie Ng
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby

CHIN 191 - Heritage Mandarin Chinese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 191 B100 Cynthia Xie
TBA
Location: TBA
CHIN 191 B101 Cynthia Xie
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby

CHIN 200 - Mandarin Chinese III

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 200 B100 Billie Ng
TBA
Location: TBA
CHIN 200 B101 Billie Ng
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby

CHIN 210 - Mandarin Chinese IV

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 210 D100 Jia Fei
TBA
Location: TBA

CHIN 291 - Heritage Mandarin Chinese IV

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 291 B100 Cynthia Xie
TBA
Location: TBA
CHIN 291 B101 Cynthia Xie
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2503, Burnaby

CHIN 330 - Intermediate Chinese for Business I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 330 B100 Jia Fei
TBA
Location: TBA
CHIN 330 B101 Jia Fei
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby

CHIN 460 - STT - Text and Screen: Chinese Fiction and Film

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 460 B100 Jia Fei
TBA
Location: TBA
CHIN 460 B101 Jia Fei
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby

German

GERM 100 - Introductory German I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 100 D100 Claudia Hein
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby
WMC 3517, Burnaby
GERM 100 D200 Claudia Hein
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
GERM 100 D300 Claudia Hein
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby

GERM 110 - Introductory German II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 110 D100 Claudia Hein
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
WMC 3515, Burnaby

GERM 210 - Intermediate German II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 210 D100 Claudia Hein
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
WMC 3515, Burnaby

Greek

GRK 100 - Introductory Modern Greek I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GRK 100 B100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
TBA
Location: TBA
GRK 100 B101 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
Mo 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5020, Burnaby

GRK 111 - Introductory Modern Greek II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GRK 111 B100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
TBA
Location: TBA
GRK 111 B101 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
Mo 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby

GRK 200 - Intermediate Modern Greek I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GRK 200 B100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
TBA
Location: TBA
GRK 200 B101 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5100, Burnaby

GRK 211 - Intermediate Modern Greek II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GRK 211 B100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
TBA
Location: TBA
GRK 211 B101 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
Tu 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5100, Burnaby

Italian

ITAL 100 - Introductory Italian I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 100 B100 Vlad Vintila
TBA
Location: TBA
ITAL 100 B101 Vlad Vintila
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
ITAL 100 B102 Vlad Vintila
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
ITAL 100 B104 Vlad Vintila
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby

ITAL 110 - Introductory Italian II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 110 B100 Vlad Vintila
TBA
Location: TBA
ITAL 110 B101 Vlad Vintila
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby

Japanese

JAPN 100 - Japanese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 100 D100 Chie Furukawa
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WEB ONLINE, Burnaby
WMC 3515, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D200 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D300 Chie Furukawa
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D400 Chie Furukawa
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D500 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
JAPN 100 E100 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby

JAPN 110 - Japanese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 110 D100 Naoko Takei
We, Fr 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2945, Vancouver
JAPN 110 D200 Naoko Takei
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
JAPN 110 D300 Naoko Takei
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby

JAPN 200 - Japanese III

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 200 D100 Naoko Takei
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby

JAPN 210 - Japanese IV

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 210 D100 Naoko Takei
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby

JAPN 300 - Intermediate Japanese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 300 L100 Chie Furukawa
TBA
Location: TBA

JAPN 301 - Intermediate Japanese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 301 D100 Chie Furukawa
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
BLU 11901, Burnaby

Persian

No courses offered

Punjabi

Course Title Instructor Day/Time Location
PUNJ 100 E900 Introductory Punjabi I Reetinder Kaur
Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SRYC 2985, Surrey

Spanish

SPAN 100 - Introductory Spanish I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 100 B100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
Location: TBA
SPAN 100 B101 Isabel Mayo-Harp
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
SPAN 100 B102 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
SPAN 100 B103 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby

SPAN 110 - Introductory Spanish II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 110 B100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
Location: TBA
SPAN 110 B101 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
SPAN 110 B102 Isabel Mayo-Harp
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby

SPAN 210 - Intermediate Spanish II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 210 D100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby

Literature courses - Summer 2022

Literature

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 D100 Mark Deggan
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
WL 100 D101 Mark Deggan
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby
WL 100 D102 Mark Deggan
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby

WL 101W - Writing in World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 101W D100 Kenneth Seigneurie
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
WL 101W D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
WL 101W D102 Kenneth Seigneurie
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
WL 101W D103 Kenneth Seigneurie
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 104W D100 Gianluca Oluic
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
WL 104W D101 Gianluca Oluic
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
WL 104W D102 Gianluca Oluic
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby

WL 201 - East/West Encounters (Germany/Iran, Germany/Japan)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 201 D100 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby

WL 306 - Transnational Literary Rebellions ( Romanticism, Revolution, and the Gothic)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 306 D100 Mark Deggan
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
WL 306 D101 Mark Deggan
Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby

WL 309 - Empire and Resistance ( Latin American mestizaje)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 309 D100 Maria Barraza
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
WL 309 D101 Maria Barraza
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby

WL 330 - Special Topic in World Literature (Creative Writg:ShortFic)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 330 D100 Sirish Rao
Sirish Rao
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1325, Vancouver
WL 330 D101 Sirish Rao
Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 1325, Vancouver

WL 340 - Directed Studies

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 340 D100 Maria Barraza
TBA
Location: TBA

WL 403 - Contemporary World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 403 D100 Gianluca Oluic
Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby

WL 460 - Directed Studies

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 460 D100