Language Studies


Knowledge of another language and culture is an incredible asset for any career. Students can study a variety of languages in a supportive learning environment through interactive learning laboratories and with great professors. We offer cutting-edge courses and programs that explore various world languages and enrich many interdisciplinary departments and programs at U of T Mississauga. Our programs enable students to respond positively to the rapid diversification of Canadian society.

By stressing cultural, linguistic and critical skills, we offer students opportunities that will prepare them to succeed in further study and give them an important advantage as they pursue careers in an increasingly competitive global environment.

Teaching & Learning programs (e.g. French & Italian Teaching and Learning) are geared towards students who wish to gain an understanding of teaching methodology for further studies in Education. Students examine and assess the effectiveness of resources used in teaching and learning second languages. Teaching methodology courses are taught in English.

Language and Literature programs (e.g. French Language and Literature) allow students to learn a language and examine the cultural and historical aspects of it. The department also offers minor programs for students interested in studying a language or culture along with other subject areas (e.g. Functional French, Francophone Studies, French Studies). Studies in French or Italian offer the opportunity to study abroad during third year, in France or Italy.

The main goal of Linguistics is not learning language, but the study of the properties that characterize human language in terms of the cognitive processes and social aspects that lead to their acquisition. Linguistics also explores the differences and similarities between individual languages or language families. It is related to many other disciplines such as Anthropology, History, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology. 

U of T Mississauga’s Linguistic program is offered as a Minor and a Major and is taught in English.

Programs and specializations

  • French & Italian Teaching and Learning
  • French Language & Literature
  • French Language & French Linguistics
  • French Language Teaching & Learning
  • Italian Teaching & Learning
  • Linguistics

Why choose U of T Mississauga for Language Studies?

Students interested in studying languages at U of T Mississauga benefit from a highly interconnected department with dedicated professors. Our award-winning faculty take a progressive and student-centered approach to teaching and learning by developing interactive ways to acquire a new language. For instance, the software developed by U of T Mississauga professors, which is used in our language labs, is now used all over North America in language classrooms. The department also offers scholarships for students entering language programs, as well as in-course prizes.

The department has established a special connection with the local community by offering activities and events, such as concerts, speakers, annual student recognition awards ceremony and sessions. Our annual Italian play, performed and produced by U of T Mississauga language students, always draws a full house. The department also hosts annual language contests for high school students.

Hands-on experience

  • Innovative language labs where students get immediate feedback from language learning software (e.g. simple Italian grammatical exercises).

  • Language programs allow students to study abroad to get a true taste of the language and culture.

  • Senior students often assist professors in developing resources, research and producing newsletters.

  • Small class sizes allow students to interact closely with professors and graduate students and get ample opportunity to practice speaking in the languages being studied.

  • U of T Mississauga offers language courses tailored to students with different levels of language proficiency (e.g. French courses designed for students with no previous experience versus courses designed for students with increased proficiency in French).

  • Language teaching courses allow students to apply teaching techniques learned in class in a supportive U of T Mississauga environment.

  • Gain experience assisting a professor in original research in the Research Opportunity Program.

What high school preparation do I need?

  • Six Grade 12 U/M courses including English (ENG4U).*
  • French is recommended for all French programs (FSF4U or FIF4U).*
  • Italian is recommended for all Italian programs (LWI or LWJ).*

*This refers to courses from the Ontario curriculum. We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. For details, visit

What courses do I take?

Language programs may be completed in a variety of forms, depending on the student’s preference. Here are some examples of first-, second- and third-year courses:

For studies in Italian: 

  • ITA100Y5: Italian for Beginners
  • ITA200Y5: Continuing Italian
  • ITA231H5: Italian Literature Through the Ages I
  • ITA247Y5: Contemporary Italian Cinema
  • ITA313Y5: Italian Theatre: Text and Performance

For studies in French:

  • FRE180Y5: Introduction to French Studies
  • FSL205H5: Functional French III
  • FRE240Y5: Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • FRE272Y5: The Structure of Modern French: An Introduction
  • FRE280Y5: Advanced Language Practice II: Written and Oral

For studies in Linguistics:

  • LIN100Y5: Introduction to General Linguistics
  • LIN203H5: English Words Through Time and Space
  • LIN211H5: Linguistics and Poetics
  • LIN228H5: Phonetics
  • LIN366H5: Contact Languages: Pidgins, Creoles and Mixed Languages

Other language courses are offered, including Latin, Persian, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Sanskrit and Modern Standard Chinese.

After graduation

Past graduates have pursued many career paths, including: business, journalism, speech language pathology, teaching, translation, foreign affairs, government, social services, trade and law.

Some students also continue studying language and culture in graduate school.

For more information

Rosa Ciantar, Academic Counsellor