Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)

The center strives to support all languages on campus, including those that do not have a home department or program.

Courses are taught at both undergraduate and graduate level by instructors who are native speakers of the language. These instructors offer linguistic knowledge as well as a cultural perspective on the language.

We also host conversation tables and celebrations of holidays and festivals. This way, students may apply their language skills while learning about the culture where the language is spoken.

See Spring Course Offerings

Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) courses have particular value for students who:

  • Plan to conduct research in a country or region where an LCTL is spoken

  • Wish to work abroad in a governmental agency or a nonprofit organization

  • Grew up speaking an LCTL at home and wish to further develop their proficiency in it

  • Intend to advance policies, education, or democracy in a country or region where an LCTL is spoken

  • Hope to expand their horizons by gaining proficiency in an LCTL

  • Plan to apply for the CSLC's Summer Language Abroad Grant to further your proficiency in an LCTL 

Did you know?

The U.S. government seeks speakers of less commonly taught languages—or critical languages. This is because these languages are important to U.S. national security.

Learning Swahili has not only been an intellectual highlight of my experience at Notre Dame, it has opened a world of possibilities for me. As an anthropology major, I now have the skills to undertake future fieldwork in East Africa. Swahili has been the launchpad to get me to Zanzibar where I am now, continuing to learn the language through the CSLC's SLA program. It has enabled me to conduct original research for my senior thesis, an important step for a future PhD program.
-Nyakeh Tuchscherer ‘21

LCTL Offerings 2022-2023

Spring 2023 Courses

Swahili

Swahili is a widely spoken language in Africa, and is the national language of Kenya, Tanzania, and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). There are between 50 and 100 million speakers spread across different countries in eastern and southeastern Africa where it is a lingua franca. The CSLC offers Swahili with an instructor from one of the Swahili-speaking countries, Kenya. Knowledge of Swahili is a valuable skill for researchers, summer program students, and tourists.

Title Course Number Section CRN

Beginning Swahili I

10101

01

31408

Beginning Swahili I

60001

01

31410

Beginning Swahili II

17012

01

31411

Beginning Swahili II

60002

01

31412

Intermediate Swahili I

20201

01

31413

Intermediate Swahili I

60201

01

31414

Quechua

Quechua is an indigenous language spoken by approximately eight to ten million speakers, living primarily in the Peruvian Andes. Quechua will be taught by our Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Ecuador. 

Title Course Number Section CRN

Beginning Quechua I

10151

01

27122

Beginning Quechua I

60151

01

28766

Beginning Quechua II

10152

01

27862

Beginning Quechua II

60152

01

28767

Hindi

Hindi is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world and is the preferred official language of India. It is spoken there as a first language by 425 million people and as a second language by 100 million more. For the 2019-2020 academic year, Hindi is taught by a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from India. As enterprise continues to expand into India, opportunities to live and work there increase.

Title Course Number Section CRN

Beginning Hindi I

17001

01

27119

Beginning Hindi I

60155

01

27120

Beginning Hindi II

10154

01

27861

Beginning Hindi II

60154

01

28765

Intermediate Hindi I

20223

01

28750

Intermediate Hindi I

60223

01

28754