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WLL news stories

  • April 01, 2022

    April 01, 2022

    Learn how alumni from SFU's World Languages and Literatures department have used their studies to teach in high school.

  • June 22, 2021

    June 22, 2021

    Ukrainian student Anastasiia Lebedenko has long-been passionate about literature. So when she decided to pursue post-secondary education in Canada, SFU’s unique undergraduate program in world literature immediately attracted her.

  • June 02, 2021

    June 02, 2021

    Congratulations, Mizuki Giffin! Your academic achievement and outstanding leadership are consistent and without question. You are a most deserving recipient of the Robert C. Brown Award.

  • May 26, 2021

    May 26, 2021

    The Department of World Languages and Literatures is pleased to congratulate Dr. Melek Ortabasi on earning a prestigious fellowship from the Japan Foundation for Japanese Studies research in Japan.

  • August 12, 2020

    August 12, 2020

    Professor Melek Ortabasi is serious when she says that studying a foreign language and literatures from around the world can give you superpowers. In this interview, she explains how the department of World Languages and Literatures nurtures critical thinking, imagination, and cross-cultural understanding.

  • March 29, 2021

    March 29, 2021

    A Gothic-without-borders online conference Hosted by the Department of World Languages and Literatures in tandem with the SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

  • March 29, 2021

    March 29, 2021

    Inspired by her memories of dancing as a child, Rhiannon Wallace brings a joyful tale of artistic passion and self-acceptance to life in her first children’s book, Leopold’s Leotard.

  • June 16, 2020

    June 16, 2020

    Some see the glass as half empty. Some see the glass as half full. Melek Ortabasi and Joel Heng Hartse see the glass as overflowing with potential.

  • September 14, 2020

    September 14, 2020

    UBC and SFU students of Italian Studies are invited to participate in a contest related to the theme of this year’s Week of the Italian Language in the World: “Italian Between Word and Image: Graffiti, Illustrations and Comic Books.” Express what Italian language and culture mean to you in a creative way for a chance to win a free online course in Italian language!

  • February 19, 2021

    February 19, 2021

    When the COVID pandemic forced SFU to go online, Professor Elena Caselli, a term lecturer of Italian in the Department of World Languages and Literatures, was not was not ready for the change. But by the beginning of the fall session she had adapted and was ready to deliver a course specifically designed for the remote environment.

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