At the top of Tempel Green, professors and students create Chinese characters for others to see.
At the top of Tempel Green, professors and students create Chinese characters for others to see.

The accent is on cultural and colloquial fluency

Language is central to understanding a community’s history, values and hopes. To truly understand a culture, it’s imperative that you develop an ability to empathize, communicate and collaborate with the people in their own language.

We focus on cultural and colloquial fluency, so you develop a nuanced understanding of the intersections between language, culture and history. Classes are small and enhanced with technology. You might analyze YouTube videos, Skype with partners overseas or tune in to an iPod loaded with music, poetry and cartoons. Live in Knowlton Language House, our international residence hall, or drop by for lunch in Knowlton at one of the language tables. (No English allowed!) Practice your language skills by joining the language fellows for an intensive, but relaxed, one-on-one chat. Keep it going at an array of language events such as foreign film nights, French Scrabble and international meals with live music.

To learn more about language study at Conn, check out Language Study at Connecticut College brochure. 

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Always innovating

Two major grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have supported Conn’s efforts to create innovative programs.

The first, a three-year, $375,000 grant awarded in 2009, expanded language learning into new disciplines and enhanced traditional teaching methods with new technologies.

With the second, a $700,000 grant awarded in 2013, the College launched the Mellon Initiative on Global Education, which moved the role of foreign languages outside traditional literary study and into interdisciplinary areas. This new approach to foreign language learning promotes an international experience for all students in their coursework, in the residence halls and all across campus.