Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics!


 As a result of the Covid-19 crisis, the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics will not be offering any in-person classes in the Fall term. All courses in DLLL will be offered in one of the two formats below:

  • Remote courses: these will be offered synchronously (i.e. students will be expected to be available during the currently allotted course time); certain accommodations may be possible under specific circumstances (more exact details will be made available at the beginning of each course by your course instructor). For example, courses may be offered with both, synchronous and asynchronous (on your own time) components.
  • Online courses: these will be offered asynchronously.  This means that these courses do not have any real-time (i.e., synchronous) component.

Please note you may see a room number in your course listings for full year (Y) or winter session (W) courses as course delivery for the Winter term is still pending.  Once a decision is made on Winter term course delivery, this announcement will be updated.

As per Senate guidelines, we encourage all students to familiarize themselves with the online platforms that instructors will use to deliver courses and take note of the following:

  • Zoom videoconferencing is hosted on servers in the U.S. This includes recordings done through Zoom. If you have privacy concerns about your data, provide only your first name or a nickname when you join a session. The system is configured in a way that all participants are automatically notified when a session is being recorded. In other words, a session cannot be recorded without you knowing about it.Technology requirements and FAQs for Moodle can be found here -

If you have any questions feel free to contact the department at


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, 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.

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at York University also offers a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Graduates of this program will be fully accredited by TESL Ontario as English language teachers.

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, and Swahili.

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.