• Why Study Languages?

    • The ability to use another language and effectively function in other cultures is key to being a global educated citizen in the 21st century.

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    • Our Students

    • Yale-NUS students are curious about the world and its many cultures. Learn why our students decided to pursue the study of another language.

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    • Our Language Exchange

    • Follow the Yale-NUS Language Exchange Facebook page to connect with others interested in language teaching and learning and share resources from cultures around the world.

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    • Our Language Experiences

    • Yale-NUS students continue their study of another language through internships, study abroad opportunities, and involvement in student organisations.

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  • 04 November 2019

    AIIS summer 2020 and academic year 2020-2021 language programs in India
    The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2020 and academic year 2020-2021 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Hyderabad), Gujarati (Ahmedabad), Kannada (Mysore), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram), Mughal Persian (Lucknow), Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request. For summer Hindi we require the equivalent of one year of prior Hindi study. For summer Urdu, we require the equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses at all levels, including beginning, in other Indian languages for the summer. Summer students should apply for FLAS or other funding if available at their institutions to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu is available through the U.S. State Department’s CLS program (see www.clscholarship.org). AIIS has some funding available for summer students who cannot procure their own funding. This funding is allocated on the basis of the language committee’s ranking of the applicants. AIIS will award language fellowships, on a competitive basis, to academic year and fall semester students, which would cover all expenses for the program. Those eligible for these fellowships are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will have had the equivalent of at least two years of prior language study by September 2020. AIIS offers Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Urdu and other languages at all levels for the fall and academic year although fellowships would only be available for students who will have had the equivalent of two years of prior language study by the beginning of the program. AIIS will offer funding to masters students to complete a capstone project of their choosing upon completion of the summer program. The application deadline is December 31, 2019. Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at www.indiastudies.org. For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email: aiis@uchicago.edu.

  • 31 October 2019

    Japanese Placement Test for Yale-NUS students
    The NUS Centre for Language Studies will run the Japanese Placement Exam on 9 Dec for Yale-NUS students interested in studying Japanese next semester. If you are interested, please register using the form attached here.

    Written test: 9th Dec 2019, Monday, 10am followed by oral interview in the afternoon.
    Venue: AS4/0206

    Email the completed form directly to clskita@nus.edu.sg. Additionally, you should print out a copy (front and back), sign it, and bring it with you on the test day.

    Things to keep in mind:

    This placement test is for students who wish to register for LAJ modules in AY2019-2020 Semester 2.

    There will be another placement test on 7th Jan 2020 (venue to be confirmed).

    If you are not planning to register for an LAJ module next semester, please take the placement test immediately before the semester you wish to register.

    If you have no prior knowledge of Japanese Language, you do not need sit for the placement test.

    After the placement exam:

    Once you get a recommended module after the placement test, please notify our Registry Office so that they can help you register for it.

    If adding a Japanese module leads to an overload – you will not be pre-allocated but rather will have to go to ModReg to select the course in Round 3. Alternatively, you can drop another allocated module in order to select this CLS module during Round 2. Students are to select tutorials via ModReg during Round 3 by default.

    If there’s a timetable clash with the Japanese module you intend to take, Registry will ask you to choose which module you want to keep.

  • 10 June 2019

    Beginning Bangla 1 to be offered via Teleconference, AY19-20 Semester 1

    In collaboration with AIIS Kolkata, we will offer Beginning Bangla 1 via teleconference in semester 1, AY 19-20. Contact languages@yale-nus.edu.sg with any questions.

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    • Malcolm Keating
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    Learning Classical Sanskrit gives students an entryway into one of the world’s oldest textual traditions. Not only can they read the भगवद्गीता (Bhagavad Gītā) and रामायण (Rāmāyaṇa) in their original language, along with other profound works of literature and philosophy, but in learning Sanskrit, students become acquainted with the phonetic and lexical underpinnings of the Indo-European language group. Many classical and modern languages are related to Sanskrit, and the skills involved in learning a complex grammar and system of representing sound changes are immensely helpful for other fields, including computer science, logic, and linguistics. But most of all, Sanskrit is sound and meaning beautifully constructed together, which is why the language is called संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), or “well-made”!

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    Teaching Chinese at Yale-NUS College has been a dream come true. Because of the high quality of the students, I constantly learn from them while teaching. In pre-modern China, people believed that “the mutual stimulation of teaching and Learning教學相長” was the ideal intellectual setting (Book of Rites 禮記). So do I. The pre-modern Chinese also developed a pedagogical model which parallels modern scholarly methods: “Read ten-thousand volumes and travel ten-thousand miles 讀萬卷書行萬里路” (Dong Qichang 董其昌: “Principles in Painting” 画旨). My students have benefited from opportunities provided by Yale-NUS College, allowing them to study Chinese in the language’s native land. 

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    In high school, I was excited about the literary devices English authors used to manipulate the sound of their voices, and spent my days attempting to replicate their styles. But I realized I could not really understand the way the English language works as I have never had to puzzle my head over subjunctives or verb-preposition conjugations. I wanted to figure out its rhythms, and the best way to do that is to relearn the language in working through another.

    • Senior Lecturer (Spanish) & Deputy Director of Language Studies
    • Eduardo Lage-Otero
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    One of the goals of a Liberal Arts education is to foster critical thinking and lifelong learning. Learning a new language provides students with the tools to do just that as they work on their majors and minors. Many students study a language as part of their major (e.g. Anthropology, Global Affairs, Literature), others need it to conduct research for their capstone projects (e.g., History, Philosophy), while others study a language as part of their personal development and to complement their goals in the major. Whatever the case may be, learning a new language is an adventure that will transform your life, much like a Liberal Arts education.