What is LxC? — LxC stands for Languages Across the Curriculum, a curricular enrichment program unique to Binghamton University. LxC provides opportunities for you to employ your existing skills in a target language in courses outside of language departments. You will thereby obtain intercultural information and international perspectives on course subject matter. Please bear in mind, though, that LxC is not a language instruction program but rather a language-use program.
How does LxC work? — LxC enlists international graduate students as Language Resource Specialists. These LRSs will help you find and think critically about course-related documents. They’ve been trained especially for this task, and in addition, they are proficient in your target language.
What languages does LxC support? — Over the years, we’ve offered support to more than 14 languages including: Cantonese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. If we don’t have at least 5 students in a given course who request the same language (our minimum requirement) we may offer you the opportunity to participate in a “Global Language” group where you would work a little more independently as you research course-related question agreed upon by your study group in consultation with your course instructor.
Will LxC mean extra work for me? — LxC assignments replace assignments that you would otherwise perform using only materials in English. LxC isn’t an add-on . It substitutes for some portion of your class workload. Beginning in the 5th week of the semester, you will meet for 1-hour each week in a study group led by your Language Resource Specialist. These meetings do not replace any of the other class meetings you may have for the course. Also, you can expect a workload of 45 minutes to 1 hour as preparation for LxC meetings.
So I have to do more work than non-LxC participants in a course? — Possibly, but we think it is worth it! We work to ensure that the total time you will devote to LxC assignments will not exceed the time you would have devoted to the non-LxC assignments they replace. In addition, you’ll get an LxC notation on your transcript. So, the extra work does have its rewards.