Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Digital partnership expands student language opportunities at Vanderbilt and across country

“Vanderbilt students have the opportunity to learn Haitian Creole and Tibetan via a distance-learning collaboration among Vanderbilt University, Duke University and the University of Virginia. In return, students at those schools can now learn K’iche’ Mayan alongside Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students.

The universities’ Partnership for Less Commonly Taught Languages initiative allows the institutions to share specialized language expertise with students at peer schools.

Each school has a videoconference classroom set up with multiple video screens, cameras and microphones. Instructors teach those students in the room with them as well as those in the two long-distance locations.”

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