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 - Fall 2022

Arabic

ARAB 110 - Introductory Arabic II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ARAB 110 D100 Sessional
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Chinese

CHIN 100 - Mandarin Chinese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 100 B100 Billie Ng
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 100 B101 Billie Ng
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
CHIN 100 B102 Billie Ng
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
CHIN 100 B103 Billie Ng
Tu 2:20 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 3122, Vancouver

CHIN 110 - Mandarin Chinese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 110 B100 Billie Ng
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 110 B101 Billie Ng
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby

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

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 152 B100 Jia Fei
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 152 B101 Jia Fei
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby

CHIN 191 - Heritage Mandarin Chinese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 191 D100 Cynthia Xie
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby

CHIN 200 - Mandarin Chinese III

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 200 B100 Billie Ng
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 200 B101 Billie Ng
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby

CHIN 291 - Heritage Mandarin Chinese IV

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 291 D100 Cynthia Xie
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

CHIN 300 - STT-Mandarin Chinese V

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 300 B100 TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 300 B101 Jia Fei
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby

CHIN 330 - Intermediate Chinese for Business I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 330 B100 Jia Fei
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 330 B101 Jia Fei
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby

CHIN 390 - Advanced Chinese Reading

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 390 D100 Cynthia Xie
TBA
Location: TBA

German

GERM 100 - Introductory German I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 100 D100 Claudia Hein
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
GERM 100 D200 Claudia Hein
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
GERM 100 D300 Claudia Hein
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby

GERM 110 - Introductory German II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 110 D100 Claudia Hein
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby

GERM 210 - Intermediate German II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 210 D100 Claudia Hein
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby

Greek

No courses offered

Italian

ITAL 100 - Introductory Italian I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 100 B100 Elena Caselli
TBA
Location: TBA
ITAL 100 B101 Elena Caselli
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
ITAL 100 B102 Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
ITAL 100 B103 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby

ITAL 110 - Introductory Italian II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 110 D100 Vlad Vintila
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
ITAL 110 D101 Vlad Vintila
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

ITAL 200 - Intermediate Italian I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 200 B101 Sessional
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby

Japanese

JAPN 100 - Japanese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 100 D100 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D200 Chie Furukawa
We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Location: TBA
JAPN 100 D300 Chie Furukawa
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Location: TBA
JAPN 100 D400 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
JAPN 100 E100 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby

JAPN 110 - Japanese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 110 D100 RIMA IBATA
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3517, 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 5048, Burnaby

JAPN 200 - Japanese III

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 200 D100 RIMA IBATA
We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby

JAPN 210 - Japanese IV

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

JAPN 300 - Intermediate Japanese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 300 D100 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby

Persian

No courses offered

Punjabi

Course Title Instructor Day/Time Location
PUNJ 110 D100 Introductory Punjabi II Sessional
Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

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 2122, Burnaby
SPAN 100 B102 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
SPAN 100 B103 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby

SPAN 110 - Introductory Spanish II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 110 B100 Sessional
TBA
Location: TBA
SPAN 110 B101 Sessional
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
SPAN 110 B102 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby

SPAN 210 - Intermediate Spanish II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 210 B100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
Location: TBA
SPAN 210 B101 Isabel Mayo-Harp
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby

Literature courses - Spring 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
WMC 3220, Burnaby
WL 100 D101 Mark Deggan
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
WL 100 D102 Mark Deggan
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby

WL 101W - Writing in World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 101W D100 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
WL 101W D101 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
WL 101W D102 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby

WL 103W - Early World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 103W D100 Maria Barraza
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4140, Burnaby
WL 103W D101 Maria Barraza
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
WL 103W D102 Maria Barraza
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby

WL 204 - Rights and Activism in Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 204 D100 Maria Barraza
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby

WL 304 - Exile and Migration

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 304 D100 Cristina Serverius
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby

WL 308 - Travel and Trade

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 308 D100 Mark Deggan
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
WL 308 D101 Mark Deggan
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby

WL 340 - Directed Studies

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 340 D100 Maria Barraza
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2530, Burnaby

WL 402 - Stories of Modernity

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 402 D100 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby