Center for the Study of Critical Languages

The study of languages is an essential component to achieving excellence in all technological areas in the 21st Century. In 2009, the School of Arts & Communication established its Center for the Study of Critical Languages (CSCL). The CSCL is the department's hub for the study and instruction of:

(a) critical languages, including Chinese, Russian, and Arabic; 

(b) traditional modern languages, including Spanish, French, German and Italian;

(c) English as a Second / New Language

The CSCL will utilize the most up-to-date technological equipment and methodologies to deliver language instruction at Florida Tech.

Majors in technological, scientific, business, communication areas, among others, can avail themselves of the opportunity to increase their job market desirability by adding linguistic and cultural competence in critical languages. 

The CSCL began its offerings in earnest when the School of Arts and Communication received a grant from the National Security Education Program, Institute of International Education, ROTC Language and Culture Project - " Project GO". The program focused on the study of Chinese language and culture led by Dr. Robert Taylor, Department Head; Dr. Alan Rosiene, Director, ESL; and Dr. JoAnn Parla - Palumbo, Director, CSCL.  Dr.Wanfa Zhang offered courses in Beginning Chinese, and Dr. Gordon Patterson offered a course in Chinese History and Culture. The highlight of the summer 2010 CSCL session was the Intensive Summer Institute in Chinese Language and Culture, which was open to Florida Tech ROTC cadets and other cadets from colleges throughout the nation.

No longer restricted to offering its programs to ROTC cadets, courses offered through the CSCL are open to all students at the University as well as dual enrolled students, qualified high school students, and members of the community. Usual procedures and costs/fees apply to the programs and courses offered by the CSCL.

Courses to increase students’ cultural knowledge and awaremeness of globaization are offered every summer. These courses are offered in an “intensive model,” affording participants the opportunity to acquire compentency in language and culture in their chosen area of study.

We encourage all interested persons to contact the School of Arts and Communication at (321) 674-8082 or e-mail Dr. Palumbo


News

  • Florida Tech Offers Intensive Summer Institute in Chinese May 10-June 18; One Scholarship Available
    MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology will offer its first Intensive Summer Institute in Chinese May 10-June 18. The institute was made possible through a grant from Project GO, funded by the Department of Defense and the ROTC Language & Culture Project. The lead instructor is Florida Tech faculty member Wanfa Zhang. The grant provides funding […]
  • $100,000 Grant Funds Center for Critical Language Studies
    MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Florida Institute of Technology Department of Humanities and Communication received a $100,000 two-year grant from the National Security Education Program, ROTC Language and Culture Project, Institute of International Education to support a Center for the Study of Critical Languages (CSCL). The new center will focus on the study of Chinese language […]