Do you teach (fill in name of language)?
If the language that you wish to learn is not listed on our language
list, we are not teaching it at the present. However, the language
you seek may still be taught in another department of the University
of Pittsburgh. Many languages often considered “less-commonly-taught”
are in fact offered in the degree programs of other departments
in the University. You can consult any of the following University
of Pittsburgh departments for further information.
I have an interest in studying the (fill in name) language. Is there any way you can offer this course in the future?
In order to offer instruction in a particular language, several
things must come together. We need to see interest from several
students, we need to locate an instructor who is qualified to teach
that language, and we need to secure financial support for that
instructor’s salary, course materials, and training. Please
contact us, if you would like
to express interest in learning a particular language that we do
am fluent in the (fill in name) language. I would like to know if there
is any way I could teach the (fill in name) language at the LCTL Center
if such a course might become available.
Thank you for your interest in teaching at the LCTL Center. However,
it may be the case that all instructor positions for the languages
we teach are filled, or there might currently be no demand for that
language. In any case, please feel free to send us your résumé
in the event that a position becomes available. Our address and
further contact information appears below. Please contact Claude
Mauk for more information.
would like to take a test to show that I have proficiency in one of
your less-commonly-taught languages in order to fulfill my foreign
language requirement at Pitt (or at another university). Can I be
tested at the LCTL Center?
Yes, we offer proficiency testing in the languages that we teach.
Please contact us for more information.
What is the Language Acquisition Institute?
LCTL Center was called the Language Acquisition Institute until 2001,
when we changed our name to the Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center.
Academic units with this name exist in many colleges and universities
throughout the country. You can visit www.councilnet.org for more information.
Is LCTL part of the Language Media Center?
The Robert Henderson Language
Media Center and the LCTL Center are both parts of the Department
of Linguistics. The LMC can be found in room G-17 in the Cathedral
Can I take your language classes if I am not currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh?
Yes! Please see this page for more information on how to enroll.
Can I audit your classes?
You can audit our classes officially through the instructor.
How can I contact you?
You can contact us directly at:
or U.S. mail at:
University of Pittsburgh
Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center
2816 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Our Main Office in CL 2816 is staffed by a part-time administrative assistant. View our office schedule for hours of operation.