Poster advertising Semaine de la francophonie 2020 March 16, in MN 3230, from 5-7pm

 Redefining Italian Culinary Culture

Cafe-rencontre, Vendredi de 12-13h a MN 4161. Venez parler en francais avec nous. Cafe et biscuits seront servis.

Cafe-rencontre Epiphanie Jan 10, 12-1pm. Venez celebrer la galette avec nous!



EFUTM Activity Schedule 2019-2020


 View the Education Studies' Learn to Lead Program Summer Academy flyer

Learn to Lead Summer Academy poster

Mario Pirovano Event Poster Nov. 6, 2019 performance at 7pm.


Interview of Tia and Piujuq, Nov. 1, MN3230

Print LSAS Events

LSAS Events 2019-20

LSAS Executive Team for 2019-2020:

President: Yiyuan Wei

Communications Directors: Tatiana Fimognari

Marketing Director: Nicole Paton

Events Coordinator: Jessica Chan

VP Finance: Ivey Lu

Department of Language Studies - LSAS liaison: Dr. Caroline Lebrec

Talent Show 2019News


“Travel to China for 3 weeks of tutoring, co-teaching, and supporting student learning at Chinese boarding schools in Mainland China. Challenge yourself to apply your learning, support individual and small groups of students, and be immersed in a new teaching environment! Use your weekends to explore all that China has to offer! Applications close Sunday March 3rd, 2019! Funding Available!”

September 24, 2018


Dr. Teresa Lobalsamo from the Department of Language Studies was selected as the recipient of the UTM Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching by a junior faculty member.
We are delighted and thrilled to announce that Prof. Teresa Lobalsamo is this year’s winner of the UTM Teaching Excellence Award for Junior Faculty.

Congratulations, Teresa, for this achievement and public recognition of your outstanding work!  Teresa has added her name to the long list of faculty in our Department who have been recognized as excellent teachers at UTM or the entire University: Charles Elkabas, Michael Lettieri, Katherine Rehner, the late Guido Pugliese, and David Trott.  Many of our Teaching Assistants, Lecturers and Sessionals have also recognized. Language Studies counts five (5) UTM Teaching Excellence Award winners, one (1) President’s Teaching Academy award winner (Michael Lettieri), and one UTM Service Excellence Award (Rosa Ciantar),  a record of which to be truly proud of.  

Our gratitude also goes to Dr. Adriana Grimaldi who coordinated and assembled the winning nomination package. This represents a tremendous amount of work and her dedication is to be commended. To all faculty and friends who contributed with letters and encouragement, thank you. Because of your support, Teresa’s recognition “makes all of us look good” (dixit Michael), as shown by the congratulatory message of the Vice-President and Principal.

Emmanuel Nikiema
Chair, Department of Language Studies

UTM students take home awards from Chinese language competition

March 23, 2017

Students from UTM demonstrated their skills and proved the strength of the campus’s language programs last weekend in a competition held at Brock University.

Both the downtown and Scarborough campuses, as well as Waterloo, York, Trent, Brock, and Seneca College competed in the Toronto final of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition on Saturday, March 18.

CHI100 students Joanne (Jiyang) Min, Gregory Chung Nyan Hing, Oluwaseun Cardoso, and Zineb Hamaimou carried off prizes and awards.

Dr. Ruhui Ni, who teaches Chinese language as well as Language Teaching and Learning courses at UTM’s Department of Language Studies, coached the students in their preparation for the competition and served as one of the judges.

“Other judges expressed to me how much they were amazed by the UTM students’ performance,” said Dr. Ni. “They were all very surprised that we sent four students to the competition, more than any other institution.”

This was also UTM’s first entry in the competition’s 16-year history. The performances included a 3-minute speech in Chinese and a public talent show related to Chinese culture for an audience and judges.

Chung Nyan Hing, Cardoso, and Hamaimou took home Awards of Excellence, while Min carried off third prize despite having only begun her Chinese studies this past September.  “Ms. Min has demonstrated excellent language proficiency and great potential for success in her studies,” noted Dr. Ni. 

The UTM Department of Language Studies has offered Chinese Language Courses since 2008. Six elective courses in Modern Standard Chinese were offered in 2016-17.

Arab Culture


UTM Chinese language competition teamFrom left to rigth: Gregory Chung Nyan Hing, Zineb Hamaimou, Dr. Ruhui Ni, Joanne (Jiyang) Min and Oluwaseun Cardoso.

Dr. Katherine Rehner from the Department of Language Studies was selected as the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching by a faculty member. She was recognized for her progressive approach to pedagogy. “Her passion for teaching and understanding the student learning process is evident and unparalled,” said department chair Emmanuel Nikiema, noting Rehner’s dedication to peer-based learning and encouragement of critical thinking in her classroom.


German Film Series

LINLeague event


Quebec Carnaval

French Cafe

Italian Conversation Hour

Ferreri poster


Danti lecture

We are happy to announce a lecture by the Department of Language Studies’ guest speaker, Professor Joseph Luzzi.
Since space for this lecture is limited, we ask if you could kindly RSVP with Belinda Grayburn at:

Luzzi poster

Global Art50: featuring Nicoletta Braschi

Happy Days/Giorni felici poster

A Conversation with Nicoletta Braschi poster

Mobbing/Giorni felici poster

UTM Semaine de la Francophonie poster

La Mandragola Italian Play poster

Cafe Rencontre winter 2017 poster

AABP Colloquium poster

MOTH Conference poster

Gastronomy Conference

French Talent Show

ASL LIN event

cafe rencontre

French Cinema

Marguerite Andersen lecture


Past Events

The Department of Language Studies (in conjunction with the Experiential Education Office) offers Internship courses to students in their final year of study at UTM.  If you are a student interested in doing an Internship in 2015-2016, want to learn more about it, meet students who have completed one, talk to potential employers, come out to the April 1st 6-8pm event (Faculty Club: DV3141; FREE)See poster attached.

That evening, student-interns will deliver their final academic-business presentation to their host supervisors, their peers, and members of the UTM community.

Following the presentations, there will be an open roundtable table discussion (in English) on the importance of obtaining a degree in the Humanities and the invaluable, transferable skills a graduate from that discipline possesses.

Mark your calendars!: Soirée de Talent - French Talent Show

You are all invited to the Soirée de Talent - French Talent Show, a variety show where participants display their talent(s) in French, on Thursday, March 26, 5:30pm, Erindale Theatre, organized by our colleague Sima Farsandaj.

Should it be to spend a couple of hours taking your mind off your busy schedule or supporting our students who will showcase their talents, you are all welcome to attend (and participate as well!).

Please click here for the poster.  We hope to see you all there!

We would like to share the great news that the 2015 March Break Open House event was a huge success. Our tables were very busy with inquiries from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. From 1-3:00 p.m., the department held presentations and activities in room 2060DH (which was almost filled capacity) to highlight our programs and disciplines. It was wonderful to see prospective students and their parents remain for the full two hours to view all the presentations as well as engage and participate in the interactive faculty and student led-activities. 

We would like to thank our colleagues and students who participated and contributed to the success of this event!

Thank you to our students who made us proud, who enchanted the parents and resonated with the newcomers:
-members of the LSAS: Edoardo Leone, Nicole Gaboury, Judy Ah-Fat
-members of Linguistics League: Sarah Quevedo, Rachel Novoselac, Tihmily Li, Anh Le
-Silvio Iionello from Italian Program
-Nevena Vasic and Nalini Harrichan from Teaching and Learning Program

Thank you to our colleagues for being there, supporting their students, showcasing our programs: Sunil Bhatt, Rosa Ciantar, Charles Elkabas, Adriana Grimaldi, Rosa Hong, Ruhui Ni, Katherine Rehner, John Smith and Jennifer Shields.

A very warm heartfelt thank you to all our colleagues in the department, we are very proud to be part of this wonderful community!

Prof. Emmanuel Nikiema, Chair

Group picture March Open House 2015

The Department of Language Studies and the Language Studies Academic Society (LSAS) cordially invite to the Chandeleur event:

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

1-2:30 p.m.

Student Centre Board Room

The event is organized for all language students - presentation and game sessions that follow crepe flipping are in diverse languages that we teach at the department. We hope to have presentations in Italian, Spanish and English as well as other languages such as Chinese and Arabic. Everyone is welcome for sharing crepes and snacks while playing games in different languages, meeting new LSAS committee members and networking with other students.

Please join us to socialize, flip crêpes to bring luck and eat them afterwards to celebrate le Chandeleur!

All are welcome!

The Department of Language Studies Speaker Series

The Department of Language Studies invites you to join us for the first talk in this academic year’s Speaker Series on:

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 11 AM at DV 2094D 
(University of Toronto Mississauga, Davis Building)

Tanja Kupisch, PhD, from the University of Konstanz, Germany, will be conducting a talk on phonological transfer in heritage speakers acquiring L3 English. 

For more information, please click here.  

~~Language Studies Reunion

UTM, the Department of Language Studies and the Office of Advancement invite you to a reunion and celebration of Professor Michael Lettieri's 20 years of service with the Department of Language Studies (formerly the Department of French, German and Italian). Come back to campus and catch up with your professors and fellow alumni!

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Place: University of Toronto Mississauga


Festival Italiano: A Journey of Italy through the Italian Song

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Room 1080, CCT Building

Featuring industry singers and musicians, the show will display a history of Italian music as performers sing hits from a wide range of genres and a wider range of artists including Pavarotti, Boccelli, Tozzi, Ramazzotti, and others! Light refreshment will be served prior to the concert in the Atrium outside of room 1080. Raffle prizes to be won! 

University of Toronto Mississauga, the Department of Language Studies,
in collaboration with The Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC),

invites you to an Active Learning Workshop:

Teaching Languages in a Changing World:
From Passive to Active Learners

Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts, PhD
Wilfrid Laurier University

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
UTM, Instructional Building, lecture hall 260

Please click here for the event poster.



Come discover two great French traditions while enjoying a hearty meal and playing some hands-on games and activities.


OÙ: Dean’s Lounge NB 262
11am-1pm (11-13h)

We would like to cordially invite you to the Arab Culture Day at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).  The event will take place on Friday, March 21st 2014, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in the MiST Theatre at CCIT Building, UTM.  

This evening of celebration of Arab culture and identity is brought to you by the Department of Languages Studies.  The event will showcase the talent, culture and identity of the students and instructors of the Arabic language courses at UTM.

The evening will be a compilation of entertaining and culturally relevant performances, including a musical performance by Wutar Band, a poetry reading, and a short play titled “Courage: A Monologue of Nonsense" (written and performed by our Arabic courses sessional lecturer, Dr. Amir Al-Azraki).

Light refreshments will be provided.

The admission fee is $2 for students and $5 for adults.  

We hope to see you all there!  Please click here for the event poster.

Event organized by the UTM Catholic Students’ Club in collaboration with the Department of Language Studies:

Lecture by his Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins on "Dante's Divine Comedy"

Date:                 Monday 3rd February 2014
Time:                12:00 noon
Location:         Faculty Club, Davis Building, UTM

Please click here for the event poster.

Please click here to watch the event slideshow.

3rd International Conference on Second Language Pedagogies:

Improving Learners’ Proficiency and Accuracy

Troisième colloque international sur la didactique des langues secondes:
Améliorer la précision et les compétences linguistiques des apprenants

Dates:  February 1 and 2, 2014
Conference location:  University of Toronto Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Official conference languages:  English and French

Dates:  1-2 février 2014
Lieu:  Université de Toronto à Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Langues officielles du colloque:  français et anglais

Please click on this link to visit the conference website. 

Please click here to watch the event slideshow.

You are cordially invited to:

Translation Into and Out of the Original:  A Poetry Reading by Peter Cole

Wednesday 30 October 2013, 3:00 p.m.
UTM North Building Room 262 (Dean’s Lounge)

The event is free.  Light refreshment will be provided.

Please click here for event's poster

Fellini Conference - Fellini: A Disorderly and Passionate Genius of Italian Cinema.

Please click here for the conference poster

Venue:       Fr. Madden Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto
Dates:        October 17 – 19, 2013

The conference is organized by: the Department of Language Studies University of Toronto Mississauga / Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies University of Toronto / Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Toronto.

Year 2013 marked the 26th anniversary of the UTM Italian Play - a celebration we could enjoy thanks to your continued attendance and passion for Italian Studies. This year, we presented one of the first (and best) Italian Renaissance comedies by Ludovico Ariosto, La Lena

Show dates:  
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2:00pm
Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 2:00pm

University of Toronto Mississauga
CCIT Building, Lecture Hall 1080 (CCT)

Department of Language Studies invites you to a lecture in linguistics:

Exploring Earlier African American English:
Diversity and Identity in 19th-Century Letters

Gerard Van Herk
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Friday, November 16, 2012
2 p.m.
IB 377

Gerard Van Herk is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Language and Oral Text, and director of the Memorial University Sociolinguistics Laboratory (
His research interests include creoles, African American English, gender, identity, and the Englishes of Quebec and Newfoundland.  He is the author of ”What is Sociolinguistics?” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

Please see the event's poster for more details.  We hope to see you there!

We would like to cordially invite you to the first Arab Culture Day at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).  The event will take place on Friday, November 2nd 2012, 5 p.m. -10 p.m., in the CCIT Building (Atrium of CCIT, CCT 1080 and MiST Theatre).

The evening will be a compilation of entertaining and culturally relevant performances, including a Dabke performance, a poetry reading, a discussion with Palestinian author and scholar Mr. Naji Farah, traditional Arabic music performances, and a fashion show showcasing traditional costumes of the Arab countries.  The event will conclude with a short play titled “Stuck."

Catered refreshments will be provided.  Please see the event's poster for the highlights of the program.

Thursday March 8, 2012

Hindi Day at UTM
View YouTube Video

Group picture Hindi DayGroup picture Hindi Day

Tuesday March 6, 2012
Toronto Raptor - Andrea Bargnani visits UTM
View YouTube Video

Group picture with Andrea BargnaniPicture of Principal Deep, Andrea Bargnani, Professor Mollica and Professor Lettieri

February 23 - March 4, 2012
Maschere Duemondi presents "IO NON MI MARITO PER PROCURA"
View Italian Play Website