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About World Languages and Cultures

Do you want to enhance your job prospects? Do you want to become a teacher or a translator? Apply to graduate school in the arts and sciences? Study abroad or travel for business or just for fun? Whatever your goal, whatever your passion, learning languages and studying cultures opens doors to the world. 

Student Resources

All language programs are supported by free foreign language tutors and state-of-the-art technology in our Language Resource Center. We also offer courses in English on world cultures, literatures, and translation.

Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center (LRC), supervised by professor Jon Aske, is a computer-based language lab, tutoring center, and study space for students in the world languages and cultures department. Students can complete workbook listening activities for their language courses, get extra help from tutors or by using online resources, listen to world music or watch foreign language films, take the Spanish placement test, or complete online homework assignments.

Visit the Language Resource Center in Sullivan Building, room 117 from 8 am-4:30 pm Mondays-Thursdays and 8 am-3 pm on Fridays.

Peer Tutoring

Year around, tutors from the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) (LIB 436) that have been approved by world languages and cultures will be working at the LRC helping foreign language students with their class work. Tutoring sessions are by appointment only. In the spring semester, Spanish tutors will be provided by world languages and cultures. 

Study Abroad

The department strongly encourages students in our language programs to study abroad. In collaboration with the Center for International Education, we offer short-term, faculty-led summer study abroad options in Canada, Costa Rica, Italy, and Spain. Through the Center for International Education’s study abroad office, students can find other programs to study abroad for a summer, semester, or a full year in many different countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

Lingua Franca

World languages and cultures publishes a biannual newsletter each semester to keep students and those in the larger Salem community informed of departmental events and current issues related to world languages. Students, faculty and administrators are invited to contribute articles or ideas for articles. Please send your contributions to professor Jon Aske.

Contact Us

Sullivan Building, room 203A

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