The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages offers courses in less-commonly taught languages not available through regular Five College classroom courses. The Center also offers courses in Spoken Arabic dialects for students who have learned Modern Standard Arabic in the classroom. The Center encourages students to embark on language study during their first year of college so that they can achieve the fluency needed to use the language for work in their major field.
Each language offered by the Center is available in one of two course formats depending upon the resources available for that language. Mentored courses provide the highest level of structured support for learning and cover all four primary language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Supervised Independent courses focus only on oral skills and rely on more independently organized learning than the other course formats.
All courses emphasize development of oral proficiency through weekly conversation practice sessions. Conversation sessions focus on using the language in the types of situations one might encounter in everyday life. Students commonly engage in role plays, question and answer activities, description, narration, and problem-solving exercises. More advanced students practice expressing opinions, giving reasons in arguments, and discussing current events and cultural issues.
Supervised Independent courses offer students with excellent language skills an opportunity to study a variety of less commonly taught languages independently. Students approved for Supervised Independent language study are highly motivated, have a record of past success in language learning, and demonstrate readiness to undertake independent work. Courses emphasize development of oral skills. 2b1af7f3a8