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Less Commonly Taught Languages


In Fall 2019, the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures launched an experimental new division called Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTL).

The LCTL Program is staffed exclusively by temporary teaching personnel who enable the department to offer, on a temporary or experimental basis, instruction in an array of languages that are not supported by the full academic weight and ambition of its regular language programs. This instruction will be offered during normal semesters and summer sessions, as needed.

Mission and Concept

The mission of the Program is to meet the needs of students and academic initiatives beyond what the Department's regular language programs can provide, in an effort to complement the diverse global aspirations of the University of South Carolina.

The LCTL Program has no permanent or full-time faculty. While the courses offered by the existing language programs in the Department are all recognized as satisfying Carolina Core FL requirements, the languages offered in LCTL are not. Contingent staffing and the flexible nature of specific language offerings cannot guarantee either the attainment of proficiency standards or the continuity of scheduling that is required of all Carolina Core subjects. LCTL support, programming and scheduling will be managed by the Department Chair in close consultation and coordination with the Dean’s office. LCTL courses are solely dependent on enrollment. If enrollment minimums are not met by the first day of classes, the affected course(s) will be cancelled.

Current Plans

The LCLT division started Fall 2019 by offering American Sign Language (ASLG) and plans to start offering Korean (KORE) and Hebrew (HEBR) in Fall 2020. Additional languages will be offered depending on expressed need and interest.

For questions or more information, please contact:
Nicholas Vazsonyi, Department Chair
Francisco Sanchez, Assistant Chair

In Fall 2019, the Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTL) Division of the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures began offering first-year American Sign Language on a trial basis. Please visit the Division webpage for more information about the concept and mission of LCTL.

The Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTL) Division of the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures is planning to start offering Korean 121 and 122 on a trial basis starting Fall 2020. Languages offered through the LCTL Division do not satisfy the Carolina Core FL requirements. Please visit the Division webpage for more information about the concept and mission of LCTL.

The Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTL) Division of the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures is planning to start offering Hebrew 121 and 122 on a trial basis starting Fall 2020. Languages offered through the LCTL Division do not satisfy the Carolina Core FL requirements. Please visit the Division webpage for more information about the concept and mission of LCTL.

 


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