Lesser Taught Languages

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"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still." Chinese Proverb

Welcome to the Lesser Taught Languages Program! 

The Foreign Languages Department's  LTLs program offers instruction in several languages ( American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese). Students meet in small groups for three instructional hours ( 3 credit hours) per week with a native speaker tutor.  The program is a member of the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Program, (NASILP).  NASILP is "North America's only professional organization specifically devoted to fostering study of less commonly taught languages through self-instructional principles utilizing a "prochievement" modality developed for an academic setting."

Classes Offered 

LTLs offers Introductory and intermediate classes (the first two years) of ASL, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Modern Greek, Hindi, Italian, and Portuguese. Occasionally a third-year class in a language is offered based on student demand and availability of instructors.  All Self-Instructional courses are indicated by the LGS prefix. Completion of the second semester of an introductory LTLS course satisfies the Arts & Sciences language proficiency requirement.

There are no majors or minors available in any language offered under the LTls language. 


At the beginning the semester, enrolled students should report to the first organizational meeting as indicated in the schedule of classes. This is done to choose a class meeting time that best fits the schedules of the tutors and the students enrolled in the class. Although the LTLs classes  are listed under weekend and evening courses on the schedule of classes, weekday meetings have proved to be the most convenient for all involved. Final tutorial schedules will be determined and announced at the first Saturday meeting. They will also be posted on the website as soon as they are determined. (Second-semester classes will usually continue at the same time that they were offered first semester).


Interested students should fill out this form. A Student Study Guide is posted on the LTLS page for your benefit and will provide important information on the Program format.