Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) is a Global Learning Initiatives curricular enrichment program that provides students with the opportunity to meaningfully apply their existing language skills in courses outside of language departments.
Most university students lack curricular opportunities to develop foreign-language competencies in their areas of academic interest. At the same time, international students lack opportunities to employ their non-English language skills during the course of their education.
LxC addresses these problems by enlisting international and multi-lingual students as Language Resource Specialists (LRSs) to prepare target language materials for use in courses that would not usually include such materials. The long-term goal of LxC is to establish a campus-wide expectation that students will be able to make meaningful use of any language they know in any class at any level anywhere in the University curriculum.
When any course offered by the university "partners" with LxC, students can either explore themes and issues from that course in languages other than English, or investigate and compare issues from cross-cultural perspectives.
With LxC, students do not learn a language rather they learn how to engage their existing language abilities to enhance and deepen their knowledge about any topic. In short, it is about using language to learn about the world.
Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC)
LxC is part of a broader movement for Languages Across the Curriculum and Binghamton University is an active member of the CLAC Consortium. Visit the CLAC Consortium website for examples of how other universities and colleges have worked to integrate language and cultures into their curriculum.