House Life

Modern Languages Program

The Modern Languages Program (MLP), based in Class of 1925, is made up of five language groups: Arabic House, Casa Hispanica, Chinese House, Deutsches Haus and Maison Française. These programs are staffed by resident Program Directors who are accomplished graduate students (often native speakers) chosen to promote the goals of language immersion and cultural exposure. Each group meets 2-4 times a week for meals, chats, media screenings and excursions, consisting of everything from language Pictionary to cooking instruction to opera and dance. These close-knit communities have members from all four class years, with some veterans taking on a guiding role; many participants are interested in international business, law, or careers in diplomacy, and often plan to study abroad while at Penn. Both beginners and those with considerable language fluency are welcome; dedicated residents often show great improvement in their speaking skills, and have the option of receiving course credit in French, German, Spanish or Arabic (Chinese does not offer the credit option).

Program Goals: The program aims to provide students with regular language practice and diverse cultural experiences. 

Requirements: Although specific requirements vary across the different language groups, students who choose to enroll in the for-credit option for Arabic, Spanish, German, or French can expect to participate in 2-3 events each week held entirely in the target language.  There is no required written component.  Enrollment is a half credit per semester for a maximum of two semesters.  Chinese House meets on the same schedule, though of course regular participation is optional.

Dr. Christopher Donovan, Gregory College House Dean

Program Members: 81