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Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics


Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics

Studying languages is about far more than just learning how to communicate in another language. It’s about exploring other identities and values through language, literature, history and culture in a global community.

Modern Languages will help you go places… literally! Studying languages opens up a world of possibilities in today's globalized context. The Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics offers instruction in: French, Japanese, Spanish and Linguistics. Graduates from the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics are working in areas such as: education, speech pathology, travel, government, technology, translation/interpretation, industry and business. Small class sizes and a collegial atmosphere ensure close interaction with peers and professors in courses on language, linguistics, literature, cinema, culture and civilization. Opportunities abound for study and travel in such places as Quebec, France, Spain, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Japan.

Department Highlights

JPST 3400: Japanese Society and Culture

Credit Hours: 3.00
Exploration of Japanese society and culture from pre-modern to present-day encompassing a range of different theoretical perspectives from history, education, religion, food, language, holidays, pop culture, family, modernization, and subcultures.
Prerequisite(s): 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)
Equivalent: Modern Languages 2850 (Japanese Society and Culture) (prior to 2016/2017)
Attributes: Humanities

SPAN 1000: Beginners’ Spanish I

Credit Hours: 3.00
Fundamentals of spoken and written Spanish.
Attributes: Fine Arts and Humanities
Note: For students with little or no knowledge of Spanish. To confirm enrolment and placement, all students must complete the Spanish Student Information Form and then, if required, the placement test, before the first day of classes. Credit for Spanish 1000 will not normally be granted to students with Spanish 30-3Y, 20-6Y, 30-6Y, 10-9Y, 20-9Y, 30-9Y, or equivalent. Students may be able to take this course for credit with permission of the Department of Modern Languages if high school Spanish courses were completed more than five years ago.

French Language Centre

French Language Centre - DELF

French Language Centre (FLC)

French as an Official Language

Today French is an official language in almost 50 countries, including Canada. Spoken by more than 200 million people on 5 continents, French is also an official language of the United Nations, the Red Cross, and many other international organizations.

Accredited Testing Centre

The French Language Centre is an accredited French Language Proficiency Testing Centre. Funding has been provided through a Federal Funding budget under the Official Languages in Education Protocol (OLEP) (or COLEP).

Diplomas are awarded by the National Ministry of Education of France

Testing in Spring and Fall

We offer DELF-DALF tests to students from age 11 and to the general public twice a year, usually in early Spring and late Fall, see website for schedule.


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