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 - Fall 2020

Arabic

ARAB 100 - Introduction to Arabic I

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

Chinese

CHIN 100 - Mandarin Chinese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 100 D100 Billie Ng
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 100 D200 Billie Ng
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CHIN 100 D300 Billie Ng
Mo, We 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 101 D200 Billie Ng
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

CHIN 180 - Intensive Mandarin Chinese for Beginners I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 180 D100 Cynthia Xie
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

CHIN 181 - Intensive Mandarin Chinese for Beginners II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 181 D100 Cynthia Xie
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

CHIN 190 - Heritage Mandarin Chinese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 190 D100 Cynthia Xie
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

CHIN 200 - Mandarin Chinese III

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 200 D100 Billie Ng
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

German

GERM 102 - Introductory German I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 102 D100 Claudia Hein
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
GERM 102 D200 Claudia Hein
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
GERM 102 D300 Claudia Hein
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

GERM 103 - Introductory German II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 103 D100 Claudia Hein
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

GERM 201 - Intermediate German I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
GERM 201 D100 Claudia Hein
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Italian

ITAL 100 - Introductory Italian I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 100 D100 Elena Caselli
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
ITAL 100 D200 Elena Caselli
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
ITAL 100 D300 Vlad Vintila
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

ITAL 101 - Introductory Italian II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 101 D100 Elena Caselli
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

ITAL 201 - Intermediate Italian II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 201 D100 Elena Caselli
Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

ITAL 330 - STT-Italian Literature as World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 330 D100 Cristina Serverius
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Japanese

JAPN 100 - Introduction to Japanese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 100 D100 Chie Furukawa
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D200 Chie Furukawa
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D300 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D400 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D500 Chie Furukawa
Mo, We 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D600 Chie Furukawa
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 11:50 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 100 D700 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

JAPN 101 - Introduction to Japanese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 101 D100 RIMA IBATA
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 101 D200 RIMA IBATA
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
JAPN 101 D300 RIMA IBATA
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

JAPN 200 - Advanced Beginners' Japanese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 200 D100 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

JAPN 201 - Advanced Beginners' Japanese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 201 D100 Chie Furukawa
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Persian

PERS 190 - STT-Persian I for Heritage Speakers (Inactive)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
PERS 190 D100 Rastin Mehri
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Punjabi

PUNJ 100 - Introduction to Punjabi I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
PUNJ 100 E900 Parvinder Dhariwal
Parvinder Dhariwal
Mo, We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Spanish

SPAN 102 - Introductory Spanish I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 102 D100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 102 D101 Isabel Mayo-Harp
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 102 D102 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 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 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 103 D101 Isabel Mayo-Harp
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 103 D102 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 103 D103 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

SPAN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 201 D100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
SPAN 201 D101 Isabel Mayo-Harp
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

SPAN 303 - Spanish Composition, Translation and Conversation (Inactive)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 303 D100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
Location: TBA

Literature courses - Fall 2020

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 – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 100 D102 Mark Deggan
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 101W - Writing in World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 101W D100 Maria Barraza
Mo 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 101W D101 Maria Barraza
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 101W D102 Maria Barraza
Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 104W D100 Mark Deggan
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 104W D101 Mark Deggan
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 104W D102 Mark Deggan
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 200 - How to Do Things with World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 200 D100 Melek Ortabasi
Mo 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 201 - East/West Encounters

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 201 D100 Hande Gurses
Th 4:30 PM – 5:50 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 301W - Writing and Research

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 301W D100 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
We 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 304 - Exile and Migration

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 304 D100 Cristina Serverius
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 306 - Transnational Literary Rebellions

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 306 D100 Mark Deggan
Th 3:00 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

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

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 330 D100 Anosh Irani
Tu 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 410 - Selected Topic in World Literature I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 410 D100 Maria Barraza
Fr 11:00 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby