Language and Culture Center

The Language and Culture Center, located in 102 Blaustein, is a state-of-the-art media center promoting language and cultural learning. It supports the foreign language departments and the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA).

The Language and Culture Center provides language students with a space to practice their language acquisition and comprehension skills and to improve cross-cultural knowledge. Additionally, it serves as a space for foreign students to share their experiences and collaborate with other students, and a place for students returning from study abroad with the resources and support needed to develop related multimedia projects.

At the Language and Culture Center, students are able to immerse themselves in the study of language while viewing foreign films and cable TV programming, and meeting and studying together. Language and Culture Center Staff work closely with other College resources and programs to advance the integration of new learning technologies into the liberal arts curriculum.

The collection of audio media includes materials in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Kiswahili, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Students may use audio recordings in correlation with departmental courses or for independent work on listening comprehension and speaking skills. DVDs and videotapes in the collection include instructional programs that correspond to course textbooks as well as feature films (with and without subtitles).

In addition, televised news from over two dozen countries is available. Computer-aided instruction in all the languages offered at the College is also supported (Mac and PC available).

Contact the Language and Culture Center 860-439-2180 for more information.

The Center contains the following areas: Media Viewing Lounges, Lounge Area, Collaborative Study Area, Digital Audio Stations, Media Creation Booth and an Audio Booth.

Media Viewing Lounges

Students, individually or in small groups, can view foreign films, international news or educational programming provided through multiregional DVD players and an extensive set of satellite TV channels. Students and faculty can also use the area for informal in-person meetings and discussion.

Lounge Area

This technology-free zone provides students and faculty with the opportunity to relax alone or in groups and take advantage of many resources such as newspapers and popular foreign magazines.

Collaborative Study Area

The Collaborative Study Area is available for students to meet and work together on building language and culture knowledge for their courses.

Digital Audio Stations

Students can access listening and recording capabilities and complete assignments on the computers at the Digital Audio Stations. The area will have panels for privacy. The computers will be available for students to complete assignments.

Media Creation Booth

In the Media Creation Booth, students can create projects related to language courses or based on their experiences studying or doing an internship abroad.

Audio Booth

Here students can practice their language skills individually or in pairs by developing audio materials to support the multi-media projects they are creating. The booth is also quiet space for students increasing their listening comprehension skills and for personal pronunciation practice.

The Language and Culture Center is open when classes are in session.

Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Language and Culture Center
Blaustein Humanities Room 102

Phone: 860-439-2180