The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is the perfect place to begin your educational journey! Learn a new language or explore an overview of world literatures and cultures. We offer many first year level courses, open to all students, as well as upper year courses. Read through below for a closer look at what we offer, beginning in the fall:
World Literatures and Cultures:
WLC 1030: World Literatures and Cultures East to West and North to South (cross listed with CLC 1010)
Explore the roots of today’s global world through a selection of writers, artists, and works that have changed, challenged, and connected civilizations, past and present. Engage with a variety of visual material inspired by the literary masterworks under examination. Find out how stories - old and recent - relate so forcefully to our lives, how they shape our understanding of love, justice, power, happiness, and other universal aspects of the human condition. Travel from Europe to Asia, from Africa to the Americas; along the way, discover the artistic wonders of some of the capitals of world culture.
No prerequisite required, can be used as a prerequisite for entry into the Minor in Comparative Literature and Culture.
Or, learn a new language:
Arabic 1030/1035: Arabic for Beginners
Arabic 1030 is designed for students with no or very little background in Arabic. It develops the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through the application of grammatical structures and vocabulary development. Students will learn the Arabic script and sound system, enabling them to read and write simple texts. Besides teaching grammar and language skills, the course will introduce to students some aspects of Arabic culture.
German 1030: German for Beginners
Practice speaking, understanding, reading and writing German in a dynamic class setting. Develop your communicative skills while learning interesting and useful things about the German-speaking countries. Consider taking part in one of our many study-abroad or exchange opportunities.
Italian 1030: Italian for Beginners
Do you ever say ‘espresso’, ‘martini’, ‘cappuccino’, ‘al dente’, ‘pizza’, ‘bruschetta’, patio, ‘paparazzi’, ‘vendetta’, ‘stiletto’, adagio, ‘cantato’? Then you already know some Italian! And did you know that words such as ‘management’ and ‘bank’ derive from Italian? Join IT 1030, and have fun learning in class and online the language of Dante, Fellini, Bocelli, Pavarotti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Prada, Versace and the famous bankers from Florence, the Medici family!
Japanese 1036: Japanese for Beginners
By having knowledge of Japanese language, you will be able to enjoy and experience many aspects of Japanese culture - sushi, Anime, and Japanese technology, to name a few – so why not start now? This course is designed to build basic Japanese language ability by developing grammatical accuracy, comprehension and communicative ability in the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), and also to encourage awareness and understanding of Japanese culture.
Persian 1030/1035: Persian for Beginners
Persian or Farsi, the language spoken in present day Iran, has roots that go back thousands of years. Canada has been enriched by the many contributions of Persian speakers who have immigrated to this country, contributions not only in the realm of business and entrepreneurship but also in art, film, culture and thought. Learning Persian will put you in contact with an ancient civilization and a present day vibrant and diverse society.
Portuguese 1030/1035: Portuguese for Beginners
Portuguese, its sounds and cadences make one think of music and poetry! It is the language spoken in the ancient cities of Portugal and the vibrant cities of Brazil. Live the diversity that is Portuguese, the excitement of one of the most important emerging economies, the beauty of a culture that combines the rhythms of Africa with the dances of Europe and the poetry of the indigenous people of the America.
Spanish 1030: Spanish for Beginners
More than 400 million people speak Spanish. Why don't you? Learning to speak Spanish opens the door to a broad and exciting world. Spanish 1030 is an elementary course for students who have never studied Spanish. You will learn basic vocabulary and grammar that will allow you to communicate with Spanish speakers about everyday matters.
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Programs and Degrees - Major, Minor, Certificates
Courses to be offered 2018-19 (first year and upper):
To find out when a course is offered, visit the Undergraduate Academic Timetable