Welcome to The University of Alabama Critical Languages Center

The University of Alabama’s Critical Languages Center (CLC) offers various less commonly taught languages, which are not available at many universities in the USA . These languages are offered through our membership in the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP). Please feel free to explore the languages offered by the CLC.

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Words from Our Director


Dr. Koji Arizumi

Email Address: karizumi@ua.edu



If you are interested in an interactive way of learning a critical language, we strongly encourage you to enroll. It will be a good compliment to your career, providing you opportunities to enrich your university experience. We have many successful graduates receiving job offers from outside the United States. We actively assist our students and take pride in their academic excellence!

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Critical Language courses are for enthusiastic students seeking practical language skills. Native /near native speakers are NOT allowed to take CLC courses in their native languages. Any students with background knowledge (including heritage students) of the selected language must contact the CLC director for permission before registering. Students cannot skip course numbers (102 requires passing 101 and so on) without the consent of the CLC director.


Some small classes [designated TBA] can be scheduled according to the students’ and language trainer’s schedule. For more information about classes and prerequisites, please contact the Critical Languages Center at clc@ua.edu.

Welcome to the CLC