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 - Summer 2022

Arabic

ARAB 100 - Introductory Arabic I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ARAB 100 D100 Rastin Mehri
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby

Chinese

CHIN 100 - Mandarin Chinese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 100 B100 Jia Fei
TBA
Location: TBA
CHIN 100 B101 Tu 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
CHIN 100 B102 Th 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby

CHIN 110 - Mandarin Chinese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 110 B100 Billie Ng
TBA
Location: TBA
CHIN 110 B101 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby

CHIN 330 - Intermediate Chinese for Business I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 330 B100 Jia Fei
TBA
Location: TBA
CHIN 330 B101 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby

German

GERM 100 - Introductory German I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 100 D100 Claudia Hein
Tu, We, Th, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby

Greek

No courses offered

Italian

ITAL 100 - Introductory Italian I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 100 B100 Vlad Vintila
TBA
Location: TBA
ITAL 100 B101 We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby

Japanese

JAPN 100 - Japanese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 100 D100 Chie Furukawa
Tu, We, Th, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D200 Chie Furukawa
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D300 Chie Furukawa
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D400 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D500 We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D600 We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
JAPN 100 E100 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby

JAPN 110 - Japanese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 110 D100 RIMA IBATA
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
JAPN 110 D200 RIMA IBATA
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
JAPN 110 D300 RIMA IBATA
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby

JAPN 200 - Japanese III

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 200 D100 Chie Furukawa
Tu, We, Th, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby

JAPN 210 - Japanese IV

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 210 D100 RIMA IBATA
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby

Persian

No courses offered

Punjabi

No courses offered

Spanish

SPAN 100 - Introductory Spanish I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 100 B100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
Location: TBA
SPAN 100 B101 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
SPAN 100 B102 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
SPAN 100 B103 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2260, 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 2260, Burnaby

Literature courses - Summer 2022

Literature

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 C100
Distance Education

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 104W D100 Kate Scheel
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
WL 104W D101 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
WL 104W D102 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby

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

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 307 D100 Anosh Irani
Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby

WL 320 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to World Literature (Framing the World in Comics)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 320 D100 Alexander Harasymiw
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
WL 320 D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby