The ERC’s Language Link program offers BU students, faculty, staff, and alumni an opportunity to engage in language conversation groups in many languages including English, French, and Arabic.
These small, informal weekly discussions often become cultural exchanges rather than just conversation. Through Language Link, individuals expand their vocabulary and cultural experiences and knowledge in addition to improving their pronunciation. While Language Link can complement related coursework or study abroad, the goal of Language Link is to have fun in conjunction with increasing language proficiency, confidence, and social interaction in another language.
Please note that leaders are not teachers or tutors; they are facilitators of conversation. Language Link is not a class (though a lot of learning takes place), it’s an opportunity to embrace the speaking of languages. Students do not need to be enrolled in a language course at BU in order to participate in Language Link.
Participants experience the greatest gains when they meet with their group consistently throughout the semester, and are also encouraged to participate in activities that each leader designates (e.g. games, films, trips off-campus, etc.) Participants make an appointment to join their group each week they plan on attending.
The ERC offers the following languages at the novice, intermediate, and advanced level (unless otherwise specified):
Use our Group Selection Guide to determine which group level would be best for you – Novice, Intermediate or Advanced.
Language Link will be offering an English pilot program for non-native speakers of English in the fall on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. If there is further interest in English conversation groups, Language Link will consider adding additional levels and availability. Please contact Megan Clough Groshek for inquiries, email@example.com.
New for Fall 2014, the CAS Center for Writing is launching a pilot program offering small-group tutorials for ESL pronunciation. Students for whom English is not a first language, and who are currently taking any WR class or are CAS students, are eligible at this time.
Students will be matched with a tutor who has received special training in working with ESL pronunciation needs into groups of 3-4. Tutorials will take place once a week (time to be determined according to scheduling constraints) for 50 minutes, for a total of six weeks in the semester.
Tutorials generally take place in the Center for Student Services (100 Bay State Road).
If you are interested, please contact:
Participants interested in American Sign Language (ASL) conversation groups should contact the Deaf Studies department directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is located at 621 Commonwealth Avenue.
If you are interested in participating in a language group that you do not see offered (such as Portuguese or German) please fill out a Special Request form which is located on the FAQ page.
Visit the Howard Thurman Center on the Lower Level of George Sherman Union to learn more about the free access to the Rosetta Stone software. Please note that you should bring your own laptop and you must go to the center; no remote access is available.
The 200 Word Project is a visual and audio tool comprised of a database of specialized words with pictures and video clips that allow students to hear native speakers pronounce each word. More information is available on the African Studies Center website.