Center for Language Studies

We are CLS and WLC

The Center for Language Studies encompasses two unique units - the Center for Languages Studies (CLS) and World Languages and Cultures (WLC). CLS supports and promotes the work done by all language faculty and students at Brown. WLC is the home department for Arabic, ASL, English for International Graduate Students, Hindi, Nahuatl, Persian, Turkish, Swahili, Urdu, and Yoruba.

Brown’s Center for Language Studies (CLS) was established in 1987 to support the teaching and learning of modern languages by Brown's lecture-track faculty. In 2019, the Center became central to the University's initiative to renew and strengthen language departments at Brown. Nowadays, you will find all ranks of faculty collaborating and innovating side-by-side with graduate students.
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World Languages and Cultures (WLC) offers a variety of languages including American Sign Language, Arabic, English for International Teaching Assistants, Hindi, Nahuatl, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu and Yoruba.
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Giving is a great way of thanking former faculty who were instrumental during your time at Brown and who helped to make you the person you are today! By making a donation, you will support Languages@Brown. Choose a tribute gift in order to support a specific group such as a programming, study abroad, internships, faculty, students, or where needed most). We thank you in advance!

“ Languages are the key to cultural understanding. While proficiency in English is essential in many facets of life in the 21st century, at home and abroad, knowledge of English alone is insufficient to meet the nation’s needs in a global society. ”

Bridging America's Language Gap American Academy of Arts and Sciences