Center for Language & Culture (CLC)

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC) offers the opportunity for supervised self-directed language study. Depending on student enrollment and the availability of resources, offerings may include American Sign Language (ASL) or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Students contemplating such study must submit an application to the Instructor as early as possible during registration.

American Sign Language (ASL)

Applications for ASL are available HERE or in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, 104 Ruter Hall.

In Fall 2018, CLC is offering  American Sign Language, Level I (CLC 100).

In Spring 2019, CLC will offer American Sign Language, Level II (CLC 200).

Please read the information below before deciding whether to apply to take ASL.

How Does Self-Directed Study Work?

  • Allegheny’s ASL courses are not regular classroom courses. They are language courses offered under a self-instructional format that involves the extensive use of recorded media.

What Are The Criteria For Success In This Type Of Study?

  • Very high motivation — a burning desire to learn the language.
  • Self-discipline and good study habits: be able to spend at least two hours per day (12-15 hours per week) in concentrated study.
  • A high threshold of boredom: the ability to stick to mechanical, repetitive drill and memorization for extended periods.
  • An academic average of B (3.0) or better.
  • Evidence of language-learning aptitude (usually shown by successful study of other languages, or high score on the Modern Language Aptitude Test).

What Is Required To Participate In The Program?

  • Submit an application and obtain permission to enroll from instructor Jill Lewis.
  • Attend an orientation session.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Students interested in taking ESOL should contact instructor Jennifer Franz  for more information.