Tips for efficient searching
Keep in mind that we list only LCTLs (Less Commonly Taught Languages) that are taught in North America. We define LCTL as all human languages other than English, French, German, and Spanish. If you search for English, you will get Old English and Middle English courses.
To search for a specific language you can either type it in or pick one from a list (there's a link above the search field). Sometimes we specify varieties of a language (e.g., "Arabic (Modern)" or "Chinese (Mandarin)") but in many cases it's better to search by the general name. Most Chinese courses are indeed Mandarin, although that is not always specified by the teaching institution. In a linguistic sense, it is 'unmarked.' (Fewer words in the search find more hits, generally.)
If you get a notice that there are no matching records, you might have asked for a language for which we have no listing (it's probably not taught in North America), or you have misspelled the language's name. You can look at our list of covered languages. Or simply try using the first few letters only, for example "Swa" if you are searching for Swahili courses. Or "Az" for Azerbaijani / Azeri.
When you are searching for a study abroad program or distance education courses, you will get more results if you do not specify state or institution.
To look up a K-12 school or district it is usually sufficient to enter its name. For example, to search for Denmark High School you can enter:
"Denmark High" or
"Denmark High School"
in the 'institution' field.
Click the K-12 button to restrict hits to pre-post-secondary schools
Specifying the state is a good way to exclude unwanted results or to find language courses within your area.
Some examples of searching for a college/university:
Each listing has a link on the top "submit a correction" that leads to a form. If you have more current / correct information on any course offerings in our database, feel free to submit an update. As soon as the LCTL staff verifies the listing, it will appear on the database. We appreciate all updates and corrections.
We update the database on an ongoing basis. You can see when our last update of a particular language / institution was.
To submit a new course to be included in the LCTL database, follow the link here or on the search page. As soon as the LCTL staff verifies the listing, it will appear on the database.
We value your comments and questions. Please contact the LCTL project by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 612/624-9016.