Columbia, Cornell, Yale shared course initiative
Columbia, Cornell, and Yale are pleased to announce an exciting new collaborative arrangement to share less commonly taught languages among our institutions. Starting in the fall of 2012, we plan to offer several languages that are not otherwise taught on our campuses, via videoconferencing from a partner institution. We successfully piloted this project last year with Dutch and Romanian and plan to offer eight languages this coming academic year. These are not "online" computer-based courses. The courses will be taught 'live' by an instructor at the sending institution, and students at the receiving institution will be expected to attend a regular class in a designated classroom which is outfitted with videoconferencing technology. At the receiving end, students will see the teacher and be able to interact via videoconference with him/her and the other class of students. There will be technology support available and in some cases a special language assistant - a native speaker of the language - will also be present in the classroom. Please note that you will be registered at your home institution through the regular registration process and receive credit from your own institution.
For general information or further details about the project, feel free to contact the following people who are coordinating the project at your institution:
For information regarding specific courses, please contact individual instructors under course descriptions.
The following courses are offered in Spring 2013:
Elementary Romanian II
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 12:50 in room 352A-IAB
Instructor: Dr. M. Momescu. For more information, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intermediate Tamil II
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:10 to 4:00 in room 352A-IAB
Instructor: Dr. S. Sudanandha. For more information, please contact him at email@example.com.
Elementary Yoruba II
Mondays to Fridays from 10:10 to 11:00 in room 352A-IAB
Instructor: Dr. A. Aderinola Ademoyo. For more information, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:20 to 1:10 in room 352-IAB
Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:45 in room 352A-IAB
Instructor: Dr. Sandra Sanneh. For more information, please contact her at email@example.com.
Courses offered fall 2012
Please note the following important information regarding the academic calendars* of the three institutions:
Columbia: Classes start on Tuesday, September 4 and end on Monday, December 10.
No classes on: November 5 & 6 (academic holiday)
November 22-23 (Thanksgiving recess)
Study period: December 11-13
Exam period: December 14-21
Cornell: Classes start on Wednesday, August 22 and end on Saturday, December 1.
No classes on: September 3 (Labor Day)
October 8 & 9 (fall break)
November 21-23 (Thanksgiving recess)
Study period: December 2-5
Exam period: December 5-14
Yale: Classes start on Wednesday, August 29 (2-week shopping period) and end on Friday, December 7.
No Classes on: September 3 (Labor Day)
October 24-26 (October recess)
November 19-23 (November recess)
Reading period: December 7-12
Exam period: December 13-18
*For the days that the institutional calendars are not in synch, the instructors will offer alternative class meeting times and supplementary online activities.