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Less Commonly Taught Languages - Big Ten Academic Alliance CourseShare

Do you want to learn Norwegian, Quechua, Urdu, Vietnamese, or another less commonly taught language at UMD?

They are all offered as part of the Big Ten Academic Alliance's CourseShare program, which allows you to participate virtually in courses that are not offered here at UMD. Courses are taught either asynchronously online or synchronously using videoconferencing software (e.g., Zoom).

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) is an academic consortium of 14 top-tier research universities that are also members of the Big Ten Conference. Through this academic alliance over 500 Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL) courses have been offered by means of CourseShare. This is a sample of courses taught in Fall 2020.

Learn more about the program below.

CourseShare FAQ

How does CourseShare work?

CourseShare is a Big Ten Academic Alliance initiative that allows you to take courses that may not be offered at your university, thus broadening course offerings.

Courses are taught either asynchronously online or synchronously using videoconferencing software (e.g., Zoom). For courses with synchronous instruction, you will either join the class individually or meet in a classroom with your UMD classmates to join as a group.

All course materials for BTAA CourseShares are accessed through the host institution's course management platform (e.g., Canvas or Blackboard).

When is each language offered?

UMD strives to offer Norwegian, Quechua, Urdu, and Vietnamese each semester through CourseShare if possible. Note that these offerings are not taught by UMD professors, but rather by other BTAA institution faculty.

The course offerings change each semester. They depend on scheduling, student interest, and the availability of qualified instructors at the host institutions. You can check which languages are being offered for a given semester on TestudoIn most cases, the elementary level is offered in the Fall (with the course prefix and number SLLC108) and the following level is offered in the Spring (with the course prefix and number SLLC109). Letter suffixes change depending on the language being offered. We also now offer some intermediate courses; these begin with the prefix/number SLLC208 (Fall) and SLLC209 (Spring). Availability of advanced level courses is more limited; these typically begin with prefix/number SLLC318 (Fall) and SLLC319 (Spring).

How do I find the courses on Testudo?

Courses are usually under the SLLC (School of Languages Literatures and Cultures) course prefix.

Do I need permission?

Normally you can enroll on your own, but check instructions for a particular course on Testudo. If you have previous experience in one of the languages offered and are interested in taking the intermediate or advanced level, please contact the instructor indicated in the course listing for placement information.

What language courses have been offered in the past through CourseShare?

The list below represents a cumulative compilation of languages not normally offered at UMD that have been offered in a previous semester via BTAA CourseShare. In any given semester, the SLLC is able to offer about 10 courses at various levels, depending upon the instructional modality and availability at BTAA host institutions.

  • Aramaic
  • Armecian
  • Basque
  • Catalan
  • Czech
  • Dakota
  • Danish
  • Ecuadorian Kichwa
  • Finnish
  • Greek (Modern)
  • Haitian Creole
  • Indonesian
  • Middle Egyptian & Hieroglyphics
  • Norwegian
  • Ojibwe
  • Polish
  • Quechua
  • Romanian
  • Swedish
  • Tibetan (Modern)
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • Yiddish
  • Yucatec Maya

What culture courses have been offered in the past through CourseShare?

The list below represents a cumulative compilation of culture courses that have been offered at some point in a previous semester via BTAA CourseShare. In any given semester, the SLLC is able to offer a few courses, depending upon the instructional modality and availability at BTAA host institutions. Examples include courses offered through the University of Michigan’s Korean e-School program, and courses through the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, or DISC.

  • Catalan Literature
  • History of Iran in the Islamic Period
  • Islam in/and America
  • Muslim Ethics in the Global Age
  • Seminar on Rumi, Sufi Poet
  • Women in the Qur'an
  • Cold War Cultures in Korea
  • Controversies in Contemporary Korea
  • Film Culture in Korea
  • Global Korean Diasporas
  • Korean History, 1945-Present
  • Korean Language in Culture & Society
  • Language and Society of the Two Koreas
  • The Koreas: Korean War to the 21st Century

I would like to take a language that is not offered. Can I ask for it?

The courses offered depend on scheduling, available instructors, and student demand, so if you are interested in a language not currently taught through CourseShare, please contact sllccourseshare@umd.edu or one of the coordinators listed in the Contact Us section below.

Course Details Past and Present

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Contact Us

Ralph Bauer

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Humanities

1102 B Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5646

Lindsay Yotsukura

Associate Director for Academic Affairs, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Associate Professor, Japanese

(301) 405-8902