About the Critical Languages Program

CLP is a unit of the College of Humanities and is affiliated with the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP). The national professional and accrediting association is headquartered at the University of Arizona. Standards and procedures for the design and administration of self-instructional language acquisition have been established by NASILP.

CLP's Mission

The mission of CLP is to promote and teach less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) by:

1. Increasing the offerings of LCTLs and making instruction readily available for all.
2. Growing language offerings and enrollments with the goal of transitioning languages to UA departments.
3. Teaching and promoting intercultural understanding.
4. Supporting instruction and assessment practices of LCTLs by enhancing the expertise of tutors and examiners.

"[My tutor] made learning Swedish very fun and easy! She went above and beyond to provide the students with resources to become better Swedish speakers."

Swedish 102 CLP Student