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Frequently Asked Questions about LAC-embedded Courses

What is a LAC-embedded Course?
A course with a LAC component covers the same context as a regular course, but offers students with the specified ability in the designated language the option of
improving their understanding of the course content by reading, writing, or speaking about the subject matter in the designated foreign language; and practicing their foreign language skills in a non-language course

What are the language pre-requisites for a LAC-embedded Course?
Each course is different, and LAC assignments can be structured around each student's revel of language proficiency. Some students will be able to consider participating in a LAC option based on their high school language background, others will need to have taken one or more college language courses.

Does everyone who signs up for a course with a LAC component need to speak a foreign language?
NO! Only those choosing to do so.

Does everyone who takes a course with a language component have to participate in the language option?
NO! A LAC-embedded course is exactly that - an option. Some professors offer a LAC component as an alternative to other course assignments, and some offer it as an extra credit option. In some cases, the LAC component is offered as an extra hour of course credit. Some professors set up additional meeting times for those interested to discuss readings in a foreign language. In all cases, students choose whether or not they wish to take the LAC option in the class.

What is the advantage to students of taking a LAC-embedded course?
Students will benefit in a number of ways including:
  • the opportunity to develop their language skills in an applied setting;
  • the chance to more fully understand course material by reading it, writing about it, or discussing it in the language in which it was originally written or in which the subject matter is often applied;
  • gaining a more global perspective as part of their liberal arts education;
  • improving their ability to apply language skills in work setting both while in school and after graduation.


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