Shared Course Initiative
Columbia, Cornell, and Yale, through a collaborative arrangement to share less commonly taught languages, offer several languages that are not otherwise taught on our campuses, via videoconferencing from a partner institution. This academic year, we will offer a total of eight 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 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.
To give you an idea of what the class looks like, you can access some images of last year’s Dutch class, which was taught at Yale and attended via videoconferencing by Cornell students, here.
For general information or further details about the project, feel free to contact the following people who are coordinating the project at your institution:
Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl, Director, Center for Language Study, 203-432-6456
Minjin Hashbat, Program Administrator, Center for Language Study, 203-432-8504
David Malinowski, Language Technology and Research Specialist, Center for Language Study, 203-432-5797
Courses offered Spring 2016
(Please note that these courses require permission of the instructor or a placement exam for students who were not enrolled in the prerequisite courses in the spring semester.)
Elementary Bengali (BNGL 120)
M 8:30-10:00 a.m.
T 2:30-4:20 p.m.
Dow Hall 420
|Advanced Bengali (BNGL 160)||MW 3:30-4:45||Dow Hall B15|
|MWF 10:10-11:25 a.m.||Luce Hall 013|
|Intermediate Dutch (DUTC 140)||MW 4:10-6:00 p.m.||Dow Hall 420|
|Elementary Modern Greek (MGRK 120)||MTWThF 9:25-10:15||Dow Hall B07|
|Elementary Khmer (KHMR 120)||W 10:45-12:00/F 1:30-2:45||Dow Hall 420|
|Advanced Polish (PLSH 160)||TTh 1:00-2:15||Dow Hall B07|
|Elementary Punjabi (PNJB 120)||MW 6:10-8:00 p.m.||Dow Hall 420|
|Romanian Beginning (ROMN 110)||TTh 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.||Luce 013|
Elementary Tamil (TAML 120)
|MW 2:10-4:00 p.m.||Luce 013|
Elementary Classical Tibetan
|Intermediate Classical Tibetan
|MW 4:10-6:00||Dow Hall B07|
|Intermediate Modern Tibetan
|MW 2:40-3:45 p.m.||Dow Hall B07|
|Advanced Ukrainian (UKRN 160)||MW 1:10-2:25||Dow Hall 420|
|Intermediate Wolof (WLOF 140)||MW 2:10-4:10||Dow Hall B11|
|Elementary Zulu (ZULU 120)||MTWThF 11:35-12:25||Dow Hall B07|
|Intermediate Zulu (ZULU 140)||MTWThF 10:30-11:20||Dow Hall B07|
Advanced Zulu (Zulu 160)
|TTh 2:40-3:55||Dow Hall B15|
Please note the following important information regarding the academic calendars* of the three institutions:
|First day of classes||January 19|
|Last day of classes||May 2|
|No classes||March 14-18|
|Study period||May 3-5|
|Exam period||May 6-18|
|First day of classes||January 27|
|Last day of classes||May 11|
|No classes||Feb. 15-16
March 28-April 1
|Study period||May 12-15|
|Exam period||May 21-24|
|First day of classes||January 19|
|Last day of classes||April 29|
|No classes||March 14-25|
|Study period||April 30-May 5|
|Exam period||May 6-11|
*For the days that the institutional calendars are not in sync, the instructors will offer alternative class meeting times and supplementary online activities.
To view an archive of Fall 2015 course offerings, click here.
To view an archive of Spring 2015 course offerings, click here.
To view an archive of Spring 2014 course offerings, click here.
To view an archive of Fall 2013 course offerings, click here.
To view an archive of Spring 2013 course offerings, click here.
To view an archive of Fall 2012 course offerings, click here.