Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC)
Student Feature: Wilson Wosnjuk
Wilson Wosnjuk, a sophomore majoring in business and Latin American Studies, has already taken two CLAC courses in Spanish and is looking forward to taking more. Below, he answers some questions about the courses and how they have impacted his language acquisition and overall education.
Latin American World Music and Intro to Comparative Politics.
I enrolled in the music class to fulfill a fine arts credit. The professor mentioned the Spanish CLAC session on the first day of class and it peaked my interest as a good way to practice my Spanish. It proved to be that and so much more. Aside from the great benefit of expanding my Spanish vocabulary, CLAC also allowed me to more fully experience, understand and enjoy the course material.
Absolutely, I ask almost all of my professors if they have CLAC courses organized or if it'd be possible to set one up.
My favorite CLAC course has been Intro to Comparative Politics taught by Claudio Holzner. The class itself was great, but the CLAC session was what really made the material "real" to me. We had more time to discuss specific details, people, history, ideologies and politics of certain regions. In the section, we connected the principles we'd learned in class with historical and current events in Latin America in more specific and enlightening ways.
The students who sign up for CLAC come from varied backgrounds and bring new perspectives to the topics addressed in class, especially as they apply to certain regions. One of my favorite parts of CLAC is learning from my peers and getting to understand their experiences. Because the courses are usually pretty small, we become great friends, too.
CLAC courses gave me experience reading, writing and presenting professional material in a foreign language. After taking CLAC, I feel much more confident in my vocabulary and general ability to carry a professional conversation in Spanish.
I especially enjoyed getting to learn from the CLAC instructors because they are passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the material. The instructors were also readily available and very inspiring. I like that in CLAC, the focus is not only on learning and memorizing the material but learning how to think critically, connecting complex concepts and expressing yourself effectively in a foreign language.