Project Overview

In a time of national and international need for an enlarged pool of learners of key languages around the globe, a strategic effort has been needed to enlarge the number and depth of offerings of the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and their availability to learners across the nation, especially at the post-secondary levels. This requires greater collaborative effort among the nation’s universities in deciding among themselves, with attention to broad national needs, which languages to offer, at what levels, when and where, and what new learning materials are required. These emergent plans then will require the support of funding agencies to achieve those goals. Planning will focus on courses and language-learning materials for on-campus academic year, summer, and distance learning. Without planning and coordination among institutions, we will be left with the small number of LCTL offerings, dictated largely by the market of graduate and heritage student demand and other short-term needs.