For students interested in learning the rudiments of a new language. Such exposure to ancient and modern foreign languages expands students’ awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity. In some cases, students from a FLAC section of this type subsequently enroll in language courses, as when Core 151 FLAC has motivated students to continue with Greek 121.
For students with other language competencies interested in keeping up their language skills and expanding their ability to use a wider repertoire of resources in that language. Faculty have offered a FLAC section as part of a stand-alone course (e.g., Spanish for Core: Mexico; Chinese for CHIN 222: Chinese Cinema). This option is also available for students enrolled in an upper-level course interested in guided study of relevant research materials in that language. Students returning from study abroad might also welcome this opportunity to keep up the language skills they honed while off-campus.
This type of FLAC focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to preparing students for off-campus service learning projects with a foreign-language component (e.g., teaching a foreign language in the local schools, serving in a multi-lingual setting, etc.). The level of proficiency expected will depend on the context, as some service learning contexts may lend themselves well to a FLAC course focused on rudiments of a new language to benefit Colgate students and those they serve.
Members of the Colgate teaching staff who are interested in offering a supplemental FLAC section are encouraged to consult first with their department chair, and when appropriate, the Core component/program chair. The director of the Keck Center may also coordinate the formation of FLAC sections.
The faculty member sends a request to the Associate Dean of Faculty (ADOF) overseeing FLAC. The request should include for zero-credit sections: a one-page syllabus and schedule of meetings. Credit-bearing FLAC sections require approval of the Curriculum Committee.
Once the instructor has permission from the Associate Dean, the instructor forwards names of students who have signed up for FLAC to the Registrar, who enrolls them, with a copy to the ADoF. Zero-credit courses may be enrolled shortly after the drop/add period. Zero-credit courses may also be dropped at any time without penalty and without trace on the transcript. To drop zero-credit FLAC, students notify faculty, who then notify the Registrar.
Once the roster is set the ADOF authorizes payment of stipends. Faculty teaching zero-credit sections receive stipends currently paid at the rates of $800 for 1-4 students, $1,000 for 5-10 students, and $1,500 for more than 10. Faculty teaching fractional-credit sections are compensated according to the same criteria. Normally, FLAC sections do not count towards faculty teaching load credit.