Less Commonly Taught Languages

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

The Center for Global Studies (CGS), administers academic year and summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships under a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, National Resource Centers.  For more information on FLAS Fellowships click here.

The Less Commonly Taught Languages Program (LCTL) at Illinois

The Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTL) Program is housed in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and offers instruction in Arabic, Hindi, Modern Greek, Persian, Swahili, Turkish and Wolof and supports communicative proficiency-based language teaching as a way for our students to obtain the most from their language-learning experiences. We emphasize the acquisition of grammar and vocabulary as necessary tools for spontaneous, creative, and meaningful communication and as a part of the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. In the classroom, we encourage conversation, small-group problem solving, and other tasks that simulate real-life uses of language. Outside the classroom, we offer extra-curricular activities like conversation tables, films series, social hours, potlucks, and picnics, in order to practice the target language by learning about the culture where it is spoken.

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is pleased to host the Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW). SILMW offers intensive courses in a variety of Muslim world languages, including Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Uzbek, and Wolof.