Languages

Study world languages

SFU's Department of World Languages and Literatures (WLL) offers comprehensive preparation in several major world languages which students can undertake as part of a World Literature Major or Honors Program.

Learning a new language leads you to a different way of seeing the world, opening possibilities for cultural understanding and the exchange of ideas. Embark on a transformative journey of language learning that not only enables effective communication in daily situations but also opens doors to cultural understanding and the exchange of ideas. Our courses provide a strong foundation in language mechanics while immersing you in the rich and complex cultures of the language's speakers. By learning a new language, you develop practical communication skills, gain insights into diverse customs and perspectives, enhance cognitive abilities, broaden your global perspective, unlock career opportunities, and experience personal growth. Join us on this captivating odyssey at the Department of World Languages and Literatures and embrace the power of language to connect and thrive in a multicultural world.

Put your language course work towards a minor and/or certificate. 

Language courses - SUMMER 2024

Arabic

No courses offered

Chinese

CHIN 100 - Mandarin Chinese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 100 B100 Billie Ng
TBA
Location: TBA
CHIN 100 B101 Billie Ng
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
CHIN 100 B102 Billie Ng
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby

CHIN 390 - Advanced Chinese Reading

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
CHIN 390 OL01 Cynthia Xie
Online

German

No courses offered

Italian

ITAL 100 - Introductory Italian I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 100 D100 Vlad Vintila
May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby

ITAL 210 - Intermediate Italian II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 210 D100 Vlad Vintila
May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby

ITAL 360 - Italian Literature as World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
ITAL 360 D100 Vlad Vintila
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Thu, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby

Japanese

JAPN 100 - Japanese I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 100 D100 Motoki Nozawa
May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
Burnaby

JAPN 110 - Japanese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 110 D100 Naoko Takei
May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
Burnaby

JAPN 200 - Japanese III

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 200 D100 RIMA IBATA
May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby

JAPN 210 - Japanese IV

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 210 D100 Naoko Takei
May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby

JAPN 301 - Intermediate Japanese II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
JAPN 301 D100 Naoko Takei
TBA
Location: TBA

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 Isabel Mayo-Harp
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
SPAN 100 B102 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 12:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
SPAN 100 B103 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
Burnaby

SPAN 110 - Introductory Spanish II

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 110 B100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
Location: TBA
SPAN 110 B101 Isabel Mayo-Harp
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
Burnaby

SPAN 301 - Advanced Spanish Grammar and Writing

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
SPAN 301 D100 Isabel Mayo-Harp
TBA
Location: TBA

PERSIAN 

No courses offered

Greek

No courses offered

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