The Language and Culture Center, located in 102 Blaustein, is a 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 students with a space to practice their language 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 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, reading magazines and newspapers, attending cultural events, and studying together. Our staff also works closely with other College resources and programs to advance the integration of new learning technologies into the curriculum.
The LCC's media collection includes materials in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, and many others. Students may use audio materials 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.
Computers + Printing
Five Macintosh and two PC workstations are available for students to work on coursework and to access resources such as Mango Languages, an online language learning website to which all Connecticut College faculty and staff have access, both on and off campus.
Students, individually or in small groups, can view foreign films, international news or educational programming provided through multiregional VHS or DVD players and cable TV channels. Students and faculty can also use the area for informal in-person meetings and discussion.
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. The Collaborative Study Area is available for students to meet and work together on building language and culture knowledge for their courses.
Media Creation Booth
In the Media Creation Booth, students can create projects related to language courses or based on their experiences abroad, practice their language skills individually or in pairs, and connect with conversation partners or other campuses via Skype. The booth is also quiet space for increasing listening comprehension skills and for uninhibited pronunciation practice.