Less Commonly Taught Languages







Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)

The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures strives to service all languages on campus, including those that do not have a home department or program. If you have an interest in learning or teaching a language not currently offered at Notre Dame, please contactDr. Denise Ayo and sign up for our LCTL listserv: LCTL-list@nd.edu



  • Bengali
  • Swahili
  • Vietnamese

Interested?!?! Sign up for our listserv for annoucements: LCTL-list@nd.edu



Beginning in AY 2013-2014, the CSLC in collaboration with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers Beginning Catalan, which will be taught by Leonardo Francalanci. For more information, please visit the Romance Languages and Literatures website.


Second only to Arabic, Swahili is the most spoken language in Africa. Its speakers range between 50 and 100 million, spreading across different countries in East, Central, and Southern Africa where it is a lingua franca. Swahili is the official language in Kenya and Tanzania, but it is a national language in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The CSLC offers Swahili I and II (and potentially III, if interest is shown) with an instructor from one of the Swahili speaking countries. Knowledge in Swahili is a valuable skill for researchers, summer program students, and even tourists.


Hindi is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world after English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, and for Academic Year 2015-2016 the CSLC is bringing to Notre Dame the exciting opportunity to learn about a language and culture that are swiftly growing in importance on the world scale. We have a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant who is coming to Notre Dame all the way from Delhi, India to teach a class in beginning Hindi. She will not only teach the language, but also give students the special opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of India through lectures and events about India. As more companies grow and expand into India, there will be multiple opportunities for university graduates to live and work in India. Hindi will be a very useful tool for adjusting and adapting to a globalizing world with India as one of its centers. This course is perfect for students interested in studying on the ground in Mumbai, India, during Notre Dame’s India Studies summer program, or for students who want to open their eyes to a unique language and culture that will make them an asset today and in the future.


Past Courses

AY 2016-2017

CSLC 17010 Swahili (3 credits)

CSLC 17012 Swahili II (3 credits)

AY 2015-2016

CSLC 17001 Beginning Hindi (3 credits)