Spring 2021 at the Center for World Languages

last updated October 29, 2020

This page serves as a portal for information about the Center's plans for the spring semester. Please note that all plans are subject to change as we continue to monitor new campus, state, and federal guidance and determine how to provide the best possible education in the face of our changing and challenging times.  

In spring 2021, all Five College Center for World Language courses will be available remotely. 

As always, we encourage you to consult your advisor, home campus policies, and Center staff to determine how best to fit our courses into your program of study. 

Learn more about our spring:

What languages are being offered in spring 2021? 

We anticipate being able to offer most of our wide range of languages in spring 2021. However, we may have limited capacity in some languages. Please contact us as soon as possible about your desire to register to ensure you get a spot. 

How/where will spring 2021 courses be held? 

The Center follows and supports the policies laid out by our member campuses to promote student and instructor safety and offer the highest quality education. The campuses have not yet announced official plans for the upcoming semester. In any scenario, the Center will make all of its courses available remotely in spring 2021, and it is likely that most, if not all, of our courses will be offered exclusively in a remote format, to ensure equity of access and maximize the number of available languages.

I am in a different time zone. Can I participate asynchronously?

Our courses emphasize dialogue and real-world communication, which requires each student to be present and practicing active engagement, speaking, and listening. Students cannot participate in Center classes asynchronously and sessions will not be recorded. 

However, our flexible scheduling model will allow students in most time zones to attend class at a time that works for them. If you can fit a Center class into your courseload, we will work to fit it into your schedule. 

If you are unable to enroll in a class this semester but want to informally continue your language study, you can still follow along with our course materials. (If your language/syllabus of interest isn't on LangMedia, email us at fclang@fivecolleges.edu to get a copy.)

When do classes start?

Courses will begin on the following schedule:

  • Week of February 1: Afrikaans, Amharic, ASL, Bangla, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Yoruba 
  • Week of February 8: Arabic dialects, Danish, Filipino, Haitian Creole, Irish, Norwegian, Thai, Vietnamese, Wolof 

Mount Holyoke College students should take note that Center classes begin 2-3 weeks after the start of Mount Holyoke classes, and Smith College students should note that Center classes begin 1-2 weeks before the start of Smith classes. To register, be sure to follow both home campus and internal Center registration deadlines. Questions may be directed to your registrar or to fclang@fivecolleges.edu.

What is the attendance policy? How will I be graded? 

Regular attendance is key to getting the most out of your course, is expected of all students, and is reflected in your grade. Students who become ill or experience other extenuating circumstances should contact their course organizer or the program director to discuss accommodations. Always, and even more so this year, the key is communication: the sooner you let us know what's going on, the more we can do to provide assistance and accommodations. 

Center classes are typically letter-grade only. In spring and fall 2020, in line with campus policies and in acknowledgement of the continued and substantial stresses of the current environment, students were permitted to opt for alternative grading (pass/fail or S/U) as permitted by their home campus policies. Students who opt for pass/fail or S/U grading are expected to fulfill major course expectations, including regular attendance and completion of assignments and final evaluations. Center courses do not allow auditors. Spring 2021 grading options will align with campus policies, once announced. 

Refer to your syllabus, learning contract, or course organizer for other policy information.

How will evaluations be held? 

Oral evaluations will take place via Zoom between April 26 and May 12, depending on the language. 

Mentored students will complete their writing skills assessments between May 3 and May 12.

Please note that due to our evaluators' schedules and our adherence to the UMass academic calendar, we do not have any flexibility in evaluation scheduling and cannot accommodate requests to reschedule evaluations for outside of these dates. Students should make note of their home campus academic calendars, and in particular whether classes may still be in session when Center evaluations are being held, and plan accordingly. 

How do I register? 

  • New students: Choose your language of interest and follow the links to submit an application.
  • Continuing/returning students: Contact your course organizer or email fclang@fivecolleges.edu to add your name to the spring course roster. 

What are the registratration deadlines? 

Application review for spring 2021 begins on November 2. The Center's internal registration deadlines are: 

  • Monday, February 8: Afrikaans, Amharic, ASL, Bangla, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Yoruba 
  • Friday, February 12: Arabic dialects, Danish, Filipino, Haitian Creole, Irish, Norwegian, Thai, Vietnamese, Wolof 

Keep in mind that students need to adhere to both Center and campus deadlines and campus deadlines may fall before the Center's internal deadline. 

Course seats may be limited; contact us early to ensure you get a spot and meet all relevant deadlines.

I have a question not addressed here.

Email fclang@fivecolleges.edu if you have any other questions at this stage.

We look forward to hearing from you and to having you in the program this spring.

Staff of the Five College Center for World Languages on Zoom