Welcome to the Shared Course Initiative

Columbia, Cornell and Yale are pleased to announce an exciting new collaborative arrangement to share Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) among our institutions. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the fall of 2012, we offered several languages, not otherwise taught on our campuses, via videoconferencing from a partner institution. Having successfully piloted this project the year before with Dutch and Romanian, we offered eight languages in 2012-2013. In the coming academic year we are planning to offer twelve languages.

These are not “online” computer-based courses.  The courses are 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 outfitted with videoconferencing technology.  At the receiving site students will be able to see and interact with the teacher and students at the sending site.  There will be technology support available and in some cases a special language facilitator – a native speaker of the language – will also be present in the classroom.

Students interested in registering for one of the shared initiative language courses need to register at their home institution through the regular registration process.