Less Commonly Taught Languages Collaboration

In the Fall 2013 semester, Duke University began partnering with other universities to increase the number of less commonly taught languages available on campus. The first partner, the University of Virginia, offered a Tibetan course;  Jacques Pierre taught Creole for Duke. Vanderbilt University will join the collaboration in Fall 2015 with a K’iche’ Mayan course.

Students at all three universities attend a course synchronously through high-definition video conferencing tools. In addition, native speaker teaching assistants help in the classroom and with grading at each of the partner institutions. The classroom configuration, as well as online activities used during class, are set up to encourage maximum interaction across the campuses and foster a sense of community.

Media and Publications:

Duke, UVA Join Forces to Offer Creole, Tibetan Language CoursesDuke Today (2013)


Jacques Pierre

Jacques Pierre


  • Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

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Launch Date:

  • September 2013