The Critical Languages Program at Georgia Perimeter College

The Critical Languages Program at Georgia Perimeter College offers eight less commonly taught languages to GPC students.

Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili  

The Critical Languages at GPC are taught in a self-instructed format.

·         Students enrolled in this program are responsible for their own learning and are required to be highly self-motivated and disciplined.

·         In addition to rigorous daily work with texts, audiotapes/CDs and other instructional materials, the students meet with a native-speaker of the language in regularly scheduled tutorial sessions. These sessions are devoted to language use and reinforcement (practice, practice, practice!).

·         The tutor in this program is not a "teacher" in the usual sense. The tutor, a native speaker of language being studied, presents opportunities for the students to interact in the language and corrects grammar and pronunciation but is not expected to teach the material in the traditional sense.

·         Each student is responsible for reviewing the material prior to class.

·         At the end of the semester, students will take a final exam, with an oral and written component, which is administered by a professor of the language. 

·         The final exam grade is the entire grade for the course.


Please note: Courses are not open to native speakers of the language.

Please note: Any students with background knowledge (including heritage students) of the selected language must contact the Critical Language Coordinator before registering.


The U.S. Department of State sponsors The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program that offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students.

Please, go to the following link to receive more detailed information.

The Critical Languages Program at Georgia Perimeter College is affiliated with

the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP) 

Contact Us:

Clarkston Campus

Ann Sarnat 678-891-3544

Dunwoody Campus

Lisa Davie 770-274-5188