About the LRC

Our Mission

Our goal is to foster collaborative innovation in the teaching and learning of languages and cultures throughout the campus. We focus on creative and effective uses of technology to promote language learning both inside and outside the classroom. Our role ultimately extends beyond physical resources as we aim to foster community and support. 

In 1876, Mount Holyoke College became the first college in the nation to require the study of a foreign language. In the early 1950s, we were one of the first to build a language laboratory. Today we continue integrative approaches beyond the formal classroom, such as through the 5 Colleges World Languages Program for less-commonly studied languages.

What We Provide:

  • Extensive resources for 10 languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish (and a few others)

  • A variety of media/computer equipment, software, books, films and magazines to support language acquisition and immersion

  • Our staff members offer technical guidance for language students, faculty and classrooms

  • A multitude of collaborative and interactive study spaces for language learners

Where to Find Us:

The LRC is located in Room 6 on the lower level of the Ciruti Center for Foreign Languages (campus map). Driving directions to the LRC: From Route 116, turn on Park St. (right if coming from South, left If coming from North). Take a right onto Lower Laker Road, then first left over the bridge into Prospect Hall Parking Lot (Visitor parking). From there, walk back over the bridge, cross the street and turn left. The second building on your right is the lower entrance of Ciruti Center for Languages.