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Language Learning Opportunities

In the Consortium

Between the Five Colleges' language departments and the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages, students can choose from nearly 40 different world languages.

Beginning to advanced level language classes are offered throughout Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and are open to all students in the consortium.

In addition, the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages coordinates the Five College Supervised Independent Languages Program (FCSILP), which offers independent study courses in the least commonly taught languages. Students have weekly conversation practice sessions led by a native-speaking conversation partner.

The languages offered through this program include Bulgarian, Czech, Georgian, Modern Greek, Hausa, Hungarian, Norwegian, Persian/Farsi, Romanian, Serbo-Croation, Slovak, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof, and Zulu.

Arabic, Hindi, Pashto, Persian, Turkish, Swahili, and Urdu are available through the Five College Mentored Language Program. The mentored format, like FCSILP courses, involves independent study and weekly conversation sessions, but adds a weekly thirty-minute individual tutorial with study guides and written homework assignments. The mentored format allows for more feedback and individualized help during the semester than with standard FCSILP courses.

In the Valley

The Pioneer Valley is home to many cultural and linguistic opportunities, including the International Language Institute of Northampton.

The International Language Institute offers certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This two-semester curriculum exposes students to a variety of approaches to language learning before immersing them in the classroom experience through observation and, in the second semester, teaching ESOL classes at the International Language Institute in Northampton under the supervision of a TESOL trainer.

Located on the Hampshire campus, the National Yiddish Book Center houses the world's largest collection of books written in Yiddish. The center creates innovative programs to inspire readers and students who want to learn more about the Yiddish language, Jewish history, and Jewish culture. Yiddish book scholarships have supported undergraduates, graduates, readers, and teachers in their ongoing study of Yiddish literature. The center offers events and conferences for college students, focusing on Jewish literature and culture, and an eight-week summer immersion internship in Yiddish language and culture that has given dozens of students a valuable foundation for notable careers in the fields of Jewish Studies and education.

Beyond the Valley

The value of learning another language translates far beyond western Massachusetts.

Many students learn a language in preparation for study abroad. The global education office (GEO) at Hampshire coordinates international study opportunities.

Through the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs gives information about the Fulbright Program, exchange opportunities, and English language programs.

Language Study Abroad/General Site 

AmeriSpan Study Abroad was created in 1993 for lovers of language immersion, study abroad, and cultures 

CETLALIC is a progressive Spanish immersion school in Mexico:

Learn Italian in Florence, Italy

Dave's ESL Cafe offers resourses for teaching ESL and EFL abroad, including information on jobs all across the world.

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Languages in the Consortium

American Sign Language (HC)
Arabic (AC, MHC, UMass)
Chinese (AC, HC, MHC, SC, UMass)
French (AC, MHC, SC, UMass)
German (AC, MHC, SC, UMass)
Greek (AC, MHC, SC, UMass)
Hebrew (MHC, SC, UMass)
Italian (MHC, SC, UMass)
Japanese (AC, MHC, SC, UMass)
Korean (SC)
Latin (AC, MHC, SC, UMass)
Polish (UMass)
Portuguese (SC, UMass)
Russian (AC, MHC, SC, UMass)
Sanskrit (MHC)
Spanish (AC, HC, MHC, SC, UMass)
Swedish (UMass)
Yiddish (UMass)
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