Less Commonly Taught Languages

The Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Program is housed in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and offers instruction in Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof. The LCTL program supports communicative, proficiency-based language teaching as a way for our students to obtain the most from their language-learning experiences. We emphasize the acquisition of grammar and vocabulary as necessary tools for spontaneous, creative, and meaningful communication, as well as a part of the four crucial skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. In the classroom, we encourage conversation, small-group problem solving, and other tasks that simulate real-life uses of language. Outside the classroom, we offer extra-curricular activities like conversation tables, films series, social hours, potlucks, and picnics in order to practice the target language by learning about the culture where it is spoken.


In Fall 2020, the Department of Linguistics offers the following language classes as part of the LCTL program:



ARAB 150 Lang&Culture of Arab World
ARAB 201 Elementary Standard Arabic I
ARAB 210 Colloquial Arabic I
ARAB 403 Intermediate Stand Arabic I
ARAB 405 Advanced Standard Arabic I
ARAB 409 Adv Top Stand Arabic LangLit I
ARAB 412 Business Arabic
ARAB 490 Readings in Advanced Arabic



HNDI 115 Language and Culture in India
HNDI 201 Elementary Hindi-Urdu I
HNDI 403 Intermediate Hindi I
HNDI 405 Advanced Hindi I



PERS 201 Elementary Persian I
PERS 403 Intermediate Persian I
PERS 453 Advanced Persian I




TURK 201 Elementary Turkish I
TURK 270 Language and Culture in Turkey
TURK 403 Intermediate Turkish I
TURK 405 Advanced Turkish I
TURK 490 Special Topics in Turkish



SWAH 201 Elementary Swahili I
SWAH 403 Intermediate Swahili I
SWAH 405 Advanced Swahili I
SWAH 407 Topics Swahili Lang & Lit I




WLOF 201 Elementary Wolof I


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