Language tables are informal weekly meetings over lunch or dinner where students can practice speaking in the target language in a casual context with their language assistant(s) and faculty members. They normally take place in the Dining Commons or via Zoom. To check language table timings, you can contact your Language Department or the Language Assistant program website.
Most languages taught at MHC have mentors who offer weekly Language Q&A sessions in the LCC or via Zoom. During Q&A sessions students can drop by to ask questions or review aspects of the target language, such as grammatical concepts, pronunciation, or sentence structure. Faculty also encourage students to attend Q&A sessions to practice presentations, prepare for oral exams, or just practice casually conversing in the language.
To learn more about your Language Q&A mentor and times, you can contact your Language Department or check on the Language Mentor Q&A website.
The Language Living-Learning Community is a residential option designed to foster community among students who seek to improve their language skills and explore culture through events and activities. There are several options and in particular, the following are geared towards language and culture learners.
Cultural Centers at Mount Holyoke operate with the purposes of support, education, networking and sanctuary. They host programming and provide resources to increase cultural awareness and inter-connectedness. There are currently 6 cultural centers on campus which work with affiliated student organizations to offer support a diverse set of identities.
To check out the resources and support these centers may be able to provide you with, consider attending one of their open houses or events.
In addition to academic offerings and support, there are various student organizations on campus that strive to promote language acquisition and expose students to a variety of cultures.
Directory of Student Organizations: This is a complete list of all Recognized Student Organizations for the academic year. Individual organization websites may not be up to date as they are linked as available and up to the student organization to update.
Cultural & ethnic groups provide a way for students to connect with those of similar backgrounds while also sharing their cultural heritage with the larger Mount Holyoke community through numerous events held on campus each semester.
If you are having trouble finding information on a specific organization, you may also wish to contact the Office of Student Involvement.