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LCTL Mission Statement

LCTL offers instruction in Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, Modern Greek, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Uzbek, and Wolof - languages that set students apart in the global job market for language professionals.The goal of the LCTL Program is to advance the teaching and learning of the Less Commonly Taught Languages by increasing awareness of the importance of these languages and implementing curricular changes to improve the overall quality of these language programs.

The LCTL Program actively partners with langauge instructors to provide students with fun, proficiency-based instruction as well as extra-curricular activities, cultural conversation tables, film series, and potlucks. See our calendar for updates on LCTL Program activities.

LCTL Minors

LCTL minors are designed for students who are interested in the cultural and linguistc aspects of a language and want to further their knowledge of one of our LCTLs. These minors are excellent a complement to many disciplinary majors.

Arabic Studies Minor

The minor in Arabic Studies is designed for students interested in developing an expertise in Arabic language and one or more aspects of the Arab World. Courses on language, linguistics and interdisciplinary approaches to the Arab world all satisfy requirements for this minor. Completion of the minor requires at least 18 hours in applicable courses. Learn more about doing a minor in Arabic Studies here.

Hindi Studies Minor

The minor in Hindi Studies is designed for students interested in receiving training on using Hindi in a wide range of authentic contexts. Students will read Hindi material from multiple genres including print media, and will learn to use the language in both informal and institutional contexts. Completion of the minor requires at least 19 hours in applicable courses. Learn more about doing a minor in Hindi here.

Minor in Sub-Saharan African Languages

The minor in Sub-Saharan African Languages is designed for students who are interested in developing proficiency in any one of the languages for which there is faculty expertise, as a complement to their disciplinary major. Available African Languages include: Bamana, Lingala, Swahili, Wolof and Zulu. Completion of the minor requires at least 18 hours. Learn more about doing a minor in Sub-Saharan African languages here.

Independent Studies with LCTL

Students can register for Independent Study courses with the LCTL faculty to study topics related to their LCTL, linguistics, or various aspects of the cultures of the regions where LCTL languages is spoken. For more information, contact the language coordinator for the language you are interested in. The contact information for our language coordinators can be found under the People tab.

LCTL Study Abroad

These short-term study abroad courses take place over the winter break and are meant to be offer students a cultural education of the countries in which some of our LCTLs are spoken. The classes for these study abroad classes are in English, and there is not language prerequisite for these programs. The study abroad programs are led by experts in the countries and languages:

Immigration and Integration, Amman, Jordan - Dr. Eman Saadah

Contact Dr. Saadah at esaadah2@illinois.edu for more information.

Conflict and Post-Conflict Resolution, Cyprus - Dr. Stefanos Katsikas

Contact Dr. Katsikas at skatsika@illinois.edu for more information.

LCTL Partnerships