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LxC honored for intercultural program

BU’s Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) program received the 2003-04 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education for its work to improve the intercultural knowledge and content-focused multilingual skills of American college students.

The award, given by the Institute of International Education (IIE), recognizes success in removing barriers to international study and increasing participation in the international elements of teaching and learning. BU’s program received Honorable Mention in Internationalizing the Campus and was presented the award during a ceremony in late January.

“The Heiskell Award is a milestone in LxC’s history and an honor for the entire University community,” said Suronda Gonzalez, assistant director of Languages Across the Curriculum. “It reflects the administration’s long-term commitment to internationalization, the support of faculty looking for innovative ways to incorporate a variety of global perspectives, the hard work and dedication of the international students leading LxC study groups, and the growing demand from undergraduates to include cross-cultural perspectives on course content.”

LxC employs international graduate students as language resource specialists to prepare class assignments in their areas of study. Participating students keep their reading skills fresh, learn new vocabulary and acquire intercultural knowledge while courses are enriched by an influx of non-English learning materials.

The program was established 13 years ago by co-originators H. Stephen Straight, vice provost of Academic Affairs, and Ellen Badger, director of International Students and Scholar Services. Marilyn Gaddis Rose, distinguished service professor of comparative literature, also played an important role in implementing the program.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08