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The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers undergraduate courses and program options (BA and Honours BA) with majors or minors in German Studies, Italian Studies, Italian Culture, Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies, and Spanish.  The iBA (International BA) is available to students in German Studies and Italian Studies. Students may also pursue a Minor in Japanese Studies.

Students may also pursue a BA or Honours BA with a major or minor in Linguistics, the discipline concerned with discovering the organizing principles of human language and applying these principles to the description of individual languages.

A variety of language and culture courses are offered in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Greek (both Classical and Modern), Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Jamaican Creole, Korean, Latin, Persian, Russian, Swahili and Yiddish.

Courses in ESL foster the developing abilities of domestic and international students to use English for academic purposes, allowing them to engage more fully in their programs.

Course News for 2015-2016


  • Italian Studies presents lecture on BREAD by Dr. Gaia Massai.

    Date: Monday January 18, 2016
    Time: 11:30 am
    Location: ACCOLADE EAST 001

    Bread is undoubtedly the Italian staple food and a key component of the Mediterranean diet. From the discovery of leavening to the countless Italian regional variations, bread has always been considered much more than mere food. Besides its philosophical and religious meaning, bread has been a symbol of hierarchy in the society and often determined the alternation of periods of tranquility to others of social unrest. What's behind bread? Is bread good or bad for our health? During the lecture you will learn about some general misconceptions related to bread and how to choose and consume it...the Italian way.

    Dr. Gaia Massai is the manager of the Fattoria di San Quintino, her family's winery and olive oil producer, in Tuscany and has a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Florence. She is also the founder of Gaia's Plate, a food import company through which she imports directly her family's olive oil. Gaia moved to Toronto in 2008 and is a frequent lecturer on Italian culture through food and wine. (

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  • Applied Linguistics Lecture Series
    • Thursday February 4, 2016: 3:30 – 4:30pm Ross S562 
      Meeting the Educational Needs of English Language Learners with Interrupted Formal Schooling
      Dr. Ranya Khan from Sheridan College
    • Monday March 21, 2016: 3:30 – 4:30pm, Ross S562
      ·      Approaches and Challenges in Investigating Teachers' Assessment Practices and Beliefs in the ESL Classroom
      Drs. Khaled Barkoui and Antonella Valeo from York University

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