Welcome to the page of Less Commonly Taught Languages!
Being an avid language learner I have studied over a dozen of the world’s most widely spoken languages and I must say that the less commonly taught languages are a special interest to me. I’m not saying that I don’t like the most widely spoken languages but there are many untold histories of the people who speak the less commonly taught languages.
Approximately ninety-one percent of Americans who study foreign languages in elementary schools, colleges, and universities are offered French, German, Italian, or Spanish; while only nine percent are offered languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese,Yoruba, Russian, Swahili and the other languages spoken by the overwhelming majority of people around the world. Students are only limited to these few choices of languages and should at least have a choice from a small list of the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL).
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) are world languages that are less frequently studied by Americans.