Language study is the core component of the major and there are a range of language resources and peer mentors to help students. Our students are expected to incorporate the humanities and the social sciences fully into their studies with classes at Mount Holyoke and the other colleges in the Five College Consortium. Less commonly taught languages can also be studied through the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages, such as, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Indonesian and spoken dialects of Arabic. Students can also see quicker improvement in their language proficiency and fluency through intensive language and study abroad programs, and international programs.
The Arabic program at Mount Holyoke is a part of the Five College Arabic Language Initiative. The coursework focuses on developing skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Arabic as well as culture. We offer two full years of Arabic instruction and sometimes a third year at Mount Holyoke. Students are able to pursue advanced studies of Arabic in the Five College Consortium.
The Chinese program offering four levels of courses. In addition to intensive training of four skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, we emphasize the connection between curriculum and career and try to create opportunities for students using their acquired language skills in daily life and to learn other subjects. The fourth level Chinese courses are all designed with the concept of “using Chinese to learn” and a specific subject (such as film, journalism, and business) to be studied in Chinese. MHC Chinese Facebook page.
Placement Test - contact Lisha Xu
The Japanese program offers three levels of instruction and students will build their language skills and cultural knowledge with various activities such as visiting Wa-Shin-An (the Japanese tea room at MHC), reading short stories (多読 “Extended Reading”), writing blogs, and interviewing a group of students from Japan who visit us in March. The progress of students will be monitored by the J-CAT (Japanese Computerized Adoptive Test). A number of past students won prizes in Five College Japanese speech contests and New England Japanese speech and essay contests. Check our activities at the MHC Japanese Facebook page.
The Korean program at Mount Holyoke College is part of the Five College Korean Language Initiative. We offer First-Year Korean and Second-Year Korean at Mount Holyoke College, each of which consists of two semesters. Students can continue onto Third-Year Korean through video-conferencing, either at Mount Holyoke College or the hosting Smith College. All courses include one-on-one tutoring with native speakers of Korean to let students practice their Korean language skills and become familiar with Korean culture. Check out our activities and events at the 5-College Korean class Facebook page. Contact Kyae-Sung Park for the placement test.