Global Language and Culture Center

Come to the Global Language and Culture Center, the workshop of St. John's College Department of Languages and Literatures, and practice the world languages you have been learning.

The GLCC is a state-of-the-art language resource center where students, registered or not in a language class, can come and start practicing one or several of the languages currently offered at St John’s University. Through immersion and interaction, with the help of trained language specialists, they will build on the language skills acquired in the classroom in a convivial and pressure-free atmosphere.

The Center offers large seating areas in a library-like setting for studying and group gathering. It is equipped with individual language pods, computers, large screen TVs and reference material.

Our Programs and Services

  • Language practice
  • Language tutoring
  • Accent reduction and pronunciation enhancement workshops
  • Grammar and writing workshops
  • Test preparation workshops
  • Round table conversations
  • Cultural orientations for the Discover The World and Semester Abroad Programs in Rome, Paris and Salamanca
  • Foreign movie nights with presentation and follow up discussions
  • Language club meetings and events
  • Induction ceremonies and events for Language Honor Societies
  • Lectures and cultural events
  • Video and audio language collections
  • Foreign magazines, periodicals and language reference material
  • Access to foreign language TV channels
  • Advisement on studying for languages
  • Advisement on language courses at St John’s
  • Language placement testing

A Weekly Hour of Practice at the Center
For all language classes offered by St. John’s College Department of Languages and Literatures the former language laboratory requirement has been replaced with a fourth hour spent at the Center to put into practice what has been learned during the three hours of weekly classroom instruction.

At the Center, students can join a variety of workshops, engage in group activities under the supervision of a tutor or graduate assistant, receive individual tutoring in Arabic, Chinese, ESL, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian or Spanish, to improve their grades, participate in round table conversations in the target language, attend language events, or simply watch foreign TV channels or videos and use the resource material put at their disposal to study.

Language placement testing for the Department of Languages & Literatures is adminstered at the Center.  This test is only required of students intending to major or minor in French, Italian or Spanish.  For other students please see placement policy guidelines.

Come for an individual or a group tutoring session. Come and study for your language classes on your own, or with a study partner.

Become a regular at the Center and increase your proficiency in one or several foreign languages to set the ground for future travel abroad and open windows on your world.

There are two ways of registering for language tutoring sessions:

1.  For group sessions: By signing up for group tutoring sessions for a set day and time throughout the semester.  This is done during th GLCC class orientation the first week of classes.  The groups are small - from 2 to 8 students of the same class level.  No need to make subsequent appointments.

2.  For individual sessions: Go to St. John's Central, click on the GLCC "Make an appointment" link and create your account to log in and make your appointment.

To learn more about our tutors, what they do, the events we host at the center, the letters of thanks we receive from students and faculty at the end of each semester and to get tips on language learning, you can access the GLCC e-portfolio with your Digication username and password: http://stjohns.digication.com/glcc.

Center Hours and Location:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

St. John Hall, Rooms 104, 105, 106
GLCC Help Desk: 718-990-6293

Center Administration:
Michele H. Jones, Ph.D., Director, St. John Hall, Room 106A, 718-990-6041
Katerina Trabazo, M.A., Administrative Assistant, St. John Hall, Room 104, 718-990-8352

We are also on Facebook under GLCC: Global Language and Culture Center, where we advertise our upcoming events.