Lesser Taught Languages

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The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature Lesser Taught Languages program offers instruction in the following languages:

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Modern Greek
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese 

Students meet with a native speaker tutor in small groups for three instructional hours (3 credit hours) per week.  

The program is affiliated with 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 

The Lesser Taught Languages program offers introductory and intermediate classes (the first two years) of American Sign Language, Arabic, Japanese, Modern Greek, Italian and Portuguese. Occasionally a third-year class in a language is offered based on student demand and availability of instructors. All "self-instruction" courses are indicated by the LGS prefix. Completion of the second semester of an introductory Lesser Taught Languages course satisfies the Arts & Sciences language proficiency requirement.


Lesser Taught Languages Director: Jenny Faile 
Email: jfaile@southalabama.edu


Applications for Fall 2021 will be accepted starting in March 2021. A Student Study Guide is posted on the Lesser Taught Languages page for your benefit and will provide important information on the Program format.