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Since 1989, Penn Language Center (PLC) strengthens Penn’s language education and consistently supports the development of language professionals. In particular, PLC focuses on current trends in online instruction and teaching from within the National Standards.

The center remains committed to its structural flexibility enabling its staff to respond quickly to changing demands for language instruction in a variety of languages that are not offered within the typical programs of established departments.

PLC encourages dynamic and diversified language education with an emphasis on multilingual and transcultural competence that in turn imbue both the curriculum and the research effort of the academic community.


For Students:

  • Assessment of Language Proficiency
  • Language Direct Tutoring Services
  • Online Courses
  • American Sign Language Program
  • Languages for Specific Purposes: Business Chinese,
    Business Korean, Business Japanese, Medical ASL, Spanish for Health Professionals,
    MBA Pre-term Program
  • Graduate course in Second Language Acquisition
    and Teaching Methods

For Faculty:

  • Support the four National Resource Centers:
    African Studies Center, Center for East Asian Studies, Middle East Center,
    South Asia Center
  • SAS Innovation in Language Education Grant
  • Language Educator Symposium
  • Training with Technology
  • Certificate in Foreign Language Online Education
    and Teaching with Technology
  • Pre-semester orientation for incoming lecturers
    and teaching fellows
  • Pre-Semester orientation for Fulbright Foreign
    Language Teaching Assistants
  • STARTALK Excellence in Leadership Summer