The Polyglot or World Languages Floor is a community for students who are eager toexplore languages other than English, to speak them as much as possible, and to share their passion for multicultural and multilingual experiences with other students and faculty mentors. The Polyglot Floor is one tree with many branches. It is a home for students who want to improve their linguistic skills in a specific language while also learning about cultural diversity in general, helping them to become more globally aware and engaged. It is also a space for students to learn more about their own cultural-situatedness, thinking in meaningful ways about culture. The Polyglot Floor is open to all students who wish to engage with world languages currently taught at Elon (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, and Spanish). Students residing on the floor are expected to engage in coursework in one of these languages.
Goals for the Polyglot Floor are to provide a warm and intellectually stimulating environment where students will:
- Improve their language fluency in a relaxed environment while developing their intercultural awareness and competencies
- Learn about various cultures (from each other, from guests, and through participation in cultural activities on campus and in the community)
- Prepare, maintain and further enhance their language skills if they plan to study abroad or upon return from a program abroad
plan and participate in activities that promote leadership, personal responsibility, teamwork and group identity
- Spread awareness on campus about the Polyglot Floor living-learning community
Typically, there are larger communities of students studying French, Spanish and Italian, but we are excited to build clusters of students learning all of the languages that Elon offers.
Explore the Polyglot Syllabus 2022-2023
Cultural Linguistic Mentors
The Polyglot Floor is also home to Cultural and Linguistic Mentors (CLMs)—native or near native speakers who serve as peer mentors in the different target languages. Living on the Polyglot Floor offers students the opportunity to speak the various target languages with friends and faculty mentors, to explore multicultural perspectives, and to take advantage of all of the exciting intellectual and community-building experiences of the Global Neighborhood. If you are interested in applying for this unique mentorship opportunity, please speak with the Polyglot LLC Advisors for more information.
Where is it located?
Global Neighborhood, 1st Floor of Global D, Zambezi House
What does the floor include?
- single and double bedrooms (stand-alone or suites)
- wireless internet
- cable TV
- laundry facilities
- common room with kitchenette
Who lives here?
All students who are committed to learning languages other than English are equally welcome! At least half of the rooms each year will be reserved for incoming first-year Elon students. Residents must have completed at least one year of study of their chosen language(s) in high school or be enrolled in the course at Elon.
Residents are expected to take pride in the Polyglot Floor. Students should have a positive attitude toward cross-cultural living and communication, contribute to the academic goals of the house, and maintain the cooperative spirit of the house.
How do I apply?
Visit this page for more information.
For more information, contact the Polyglot Floor LLC Faculty Advisor: Kristin Lange