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 contact the CSLC and sign up for our LCTL listserv: LCTL-list@nd.edu



  • CSLC 10102 Beginning Swahili II (CRN 27933) 
  • CSLC 20202 Intermediate Swahili II (CRN 27939) 
  • CSLC 40001 Adv. Conversational Swahili (CRN 29829) 
  • CSLC 10111 Beginning Bangla I (CRN 27934) 
  • CSLC 10112 Beginning Bangla II (CRN 27935) 
  • CSLC 10153 Beginning Hausa I (CRN 29823) 
  • CSLC 30103 Hausa: Ways of Knowing (CRN 29828) 
  • CSLC 17001 Beginning Hindi I (CRN 29825) 
  • CSLC 10154 Beginning Hindi II (CRN 29831) 

Quechua is offered through the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. 


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Bangla is the seventh most spoken language in the world with over 250 million speakers. It is spoken in the Indian subcontinent and is the national and official language of Bangladesh as well as the official language of some eastern and north-eastern states of India. For the Academic Year 2018-2019, Bangla will be taught by a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Bangladesh. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the language and culture of Bangladesh from a native speaker. 


Hindi is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world after English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. It is the preferred official language of India although much national business is also done in English and the other languages recognized in the Indian constitution. Hindi is spoken in India as a first language by nearly 425 million people and as a second language by 120 million more. For the Academic Year 2018-2019, Hindi will be taught by a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from 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. 


Hausa is the most widely spoken language in West Africa, spoken by an estimated 22 million people and 17 million more as a second language. It belongs to the Western branch of the Chadic language superfamily within the Afro-Asiatic language phylum. The main Hausa-speaking area is northern Nigeria and Niger. Hausa is also widely spoken in northern Ghana, Cameroon, Chad, Sudanese Hausa in Sudan and the Ivory Coast among Fulani, Tuareg, Kanuri, Gur, Shuwa Arab, and other Afro-Asiatic speaking groups. For the Academic Year 2018-2019, Hausa will be taught by a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Nigeria.


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 with an instructor from one of the Swahili speaking countries, Tanzania. Knowledge in Swahili is a valuable skill for researchers, summer program students, and even tourists.


Quechua is a Quechuan language with about 8 million people in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina. Quechua was the language of the Inca empire which was destroyed by the Spanish in the 16th century. Its speakers know it as Runa Simi (the language of the people). It is the most widely spoken language family of indigenous people of America. This year, 2018-2019, Quechua will be taught by a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Peru.


Past Courses

AY 2017-2018

CSLC 10101/60001 Beginning Swahili I

CSLC 10111/60111 Beginning Bengali I

CSLC 10121/60121 Beginning Vietnamese I

CSLC 10131/60131 Beginning Turkish I

CSLC 20201/60201 Intermediate Swahili I

AY 2016-2017

CSLC 17010 Swahili (3 credits)

CSLC 17012 Swahili II (3 credits)

AY 2015-2016

CSLC 17001 Beginning Hindi (3 credits)