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

Modern Languages & Linguistics Fall 2020 Film Series: Confinement

The Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics presents its Fall 2020 Online Film Series featuring four international films representing "Confinement"

Film 1:  Caught in Conventions (September 9 - 30)

Portrait of Lady On Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (France, C. Sciamma, 2019)
Watch here.

Zoom Discussion Meeting: Wednesday 30 September @ 6 p.m.

Film 2: Confined to Poverty (October 1 – 22)

Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku万引き家族) (Japan, Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018)
Watch here.

Zoom Discussion Meeting: Thursday 22 October @ 6 p.m.

Film 3: Political Entrapment (October 23 – November 18)

No (Chile, Pablo Laraín, 2012)
Watch here.

Zoom Discussion Meeting:  Wednesday 18 November @ 6 p.m.

Film 4: Cultural Isolation (November 19 – December 10)

Before Tomorrow (Canada, Marie-Hélène Cousineau & Madeleine Ivalu, 2008)
Watch here.

Zoom Discussion Meeting:  Thursday 10 December @ 6 p.m.

Modern Languages & Linguistics Fall 2020 Online Film Series: Film 1

Film 1: Caught in Conventions (9–30 September)
Portrait of Lady On Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (France, C. Sciamma, 2019)
France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the portrait of a young noblewoman before her arranged marriage; but she must do so in secret. Posing as a hired companion, Marianne observes Héloïse by day and paints her by firelight at night. The two women orbit one another, but intimacy grows as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom, and Héloïse’s portrait becomes a testament to their love. (Rated “R” for some sexuality) (In French with English subtitles)

Zoom Discussion Meeting: Wednesday 30 September @ 6:00 p.m.

How to participate:

  1. Watch the film between the dates indicated, on your own time, on the University of Lethbridge Library’s Criterion On Demand streaming services (follow the link and sign in).
  2. Before the “Discussion Meeting” date, send an e-mail to saying you will attend the meeting (you will be sent a Zoom invitation).
  3. Join the “Discussion Meeting” via Zoom on Wednesday, 30 September. Learn more about the film, share thoughts, and register for any participation mark being offered through a U of L course.
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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