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World Language Enrichment and Acquisition

The World Language Enrichment and Acquisition Program at Hampshire College, established through the Andrew W. Mellon grant, operates mainly to manage grant-related activities. The goal of the Mellon grant is to make Hampshire College a “language learning community.”

Through various grant programs, including the hiring of post-doctoral fellows, it is our hope that faculty will work to incorporate the use of non-English sources into the courses they teach and work they do with their advisees. As a result, students will be motivated to integrate the exploration of a world language into their individualized studies, and are guided in their access of resources on and off campus so that they attain levels of linguistic competence that will enrich every aspect of their academic experience, coursework, concentrations, independent study, and external study as well as their co-curricular activities.

The WLEA office

  • manages Mellon language learning and Mellon course development grants
  • runs post-doctoral searches and supports the post-doctoral fellows while they are on campus
  • coordinates with other offices at Hampshire College
  • facilitates "Language Learning across the Curriculum" discussion sessions
  • collaborates with the other institutions in the Five College Consortium to develop new programmatic ideas that support a language-rich curriculum
  • works with the IT department to support the use of the Moodle LMS for language learning
  • supports the creation of a World Language Resource Corner at the Hampshire College library
  • helps connect faculty and students to language learning resources on and off campus
  Multilinguality in Hampshire Films
  These short videos are excerpts from works produced by students in several of Professor Baba Hillman’s courses including, “Writing for Film: Text and Memory in Transnational Cinema,” and “Writing for Film: Geographies of Identity.” These students are often working with languages other than English or across multiple languages in their film and video work.
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Highlights from Division III projects that incorporate language and culture

  • Producing Reality TV for Social Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan
  • Bricando El Charco y Alzando la Voz: Genero, Raza, y Privilegio en la Produccion del Rap Cubano Underground
  • Cochlear Implants and the Future of Deaf Culture
  • Connecting Second Language Acquisition Research and Second Language Teaching Through Teachers’ Critical Reflection
  • Translating Virginia Woolf ’s On Being Ill from English to Chinese
  • Parts of Speech: Towards Another Translation of Brodsky
  • The Magic Mirror: Avrom Goldfaden’s ‘Di Kishefmakherin’ and the Creation of a Yiddish Literary Canon
  • Orfeliant--Romanian Stories
  • Giving Voice Through Written Word: An ESOL Poetry Workshop
  • Hebrew Music, Language, and Literature

Please contact the director of WLEA by email to make an appointment.


Contact Us

Pamela A. Shea, Director of World Language Enrichment and Acquisition & Mellon Grant Project Officer
Cole Science Center 203B
Mail Code DO
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

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