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Why Cultures and Language Across the Curriculum?

The purpose of Cultures and Language Across the Curriculum sections is to provide students with opportunities for cross-cultural engagement experiences through the use of their language skills in various disciplines. Depending on the proficiency level required by the professor, the goals of C-LAC sections will vary. These may include improving oral communication, reading or writing competencies, or for students with native or near-native fluency, expanding the depth and range of their engagement with a particular culture. While C-LAC students will use the target language to discuss and investigate subjects of particular interest to them, they should also be improving their grasp of the primary course material.

Cultures and Language Across the Curriculum can be especially useful for students planning to study abroad or who want to maintain their proficiency after returning from a semester or year abroad. Native-speakers can also benefit from this program. International students who study subjects in English at UR may find they have trouble discussing what they’ve learned in their own languages when they return home. C-LAC provides them with opportunities to investigate and discuss in their native languages what they’re learning in English.

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum

"The question is not whether to engage in a Languages Across the Curriculum effort, but rather how to do so. Those institutions that do not will fall behind in the race to prepare students for informed and effective citizenship in the global information age." 

- Fichera & Straight, 1997

Contact Information

Questions about the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Program (C-LAC) should be directed to Ellen Sayles.