Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Language Resources in the Five Colleges

"A Different Language is a Different Vision of Life"

-Federico Fellini

Students of Mount Holyoke college or any of the Five Colleges in the Pioneer Valley that are part of the consortium (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College or University of Massachusetts, Amherst) have access to the language resources that are provided by all of these colleges. The resources accommodate varying student interests, from those who are pursuing an academic degree in a language to students who want to learn basic conversational skills that can be employed during their visit to a foreign country. Below are some of the resources that are offered by the Five Colleges:

Amherst College
Amherst College offers formal courses in the following language areas: Asian Languages, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Spanish. At Amherst College, the resources for these language courses are provided by the respective language departments.

Hampshire College
Hampshire college offers courses in different languages and about different cultures including: American Sign Language, Chinese, Spanish, and Sound, Image and Narrative: A Multidimensional Approach to Japanese Culture. In addition, Hampshire College offers language courses during J-term so students can learn a new language or improve on the language they are currently learning.

Mount Holyoke College
Mount Holyoke College offers formal courses in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Sanskrit, and Spanish.
In addition to the resources provided by each department for their respective languages; The Language Resource Center at MHC has abundant resources for those looking to improve their language skills. The LRC hosts various events like language breaks and Question & Answer (Q&A) sessions. The language breaks are held regularly throughout the year and each language break showcases the culture, traditions, festivals, and cuisine of a specific country. Not only do these events let you immerse yourself in the culture of the country, you also get to try delicious food!

Delicacies at the Afghan Language Break!

The Language Resource Center has various online learning resources available, so students can learn in their own time and at their own pace. If you are a student of Mount Holyoke College, then you will need to login with your username and password in order to use most of the resources. If you are taking a language course in MHC but are not a student here, then you will need to activate your guest account in order to use the resources. More information about this can be found at this link.

Smith College
Smith College offers formal courses in the following: Asian Languages, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. At Smith College the language resources are offered by the respective language department.
University of Massachusetts
Some of the language courses that University of Massachusetts offers are:Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese. All the resources for  these languages are offered by a single department, Department of Language, Literature and Cultures.
The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages offers resources for the study of languages that are less-commonly taught. Some of the language courses that are offered are: Swahili, Turkish, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Urdu and Persian. In addition to these the center also offers supervised independent study courses in the less commonly taught languages. Some of these languages are: Afrikaans, Amharic, Shona, Twi, Wolof, Zulu, Albanian, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Georgian, Modern Greek, Hungarian, Modern Irish, Norwegian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Bangla/Bengali, Burmese, Dari, Filipino, Malay, Mongolian, Nepali, Pashto , Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese, and Haitian Creole.

Lang Media
More resources for the less commonly taught languages is provided by Lang Media. You can find more information here about planning tools, study abroad, internships, volunteer opportunities and career information. Click on the links below to find out more!