PULP’s overarching mission is to foster enthusiasm for language learning, and we understand translation, and interlingual communication more broadly, as central to that goal. To that end, we have two core initiatives: our Translation program, which provides free translations in Spanish and French, and our Language Fellows program, an initiative we are hoping to develop over the coming semesters that will pair language-learners with native and experienced speakers to help bring language education out of the classroom.
Our translation teams meet each week for an hour to work on their translations. Our principal languages are Spanish and French, though we do have students handling individual projects in other languages, such as Arabic and Portuguese. If you require translations in another language, don’t hesitate to reach out and we will see if there are translators who can help you.
Language Fellows Program
Language Fellows is an opportunity for language-lovers to meet and interact on a regular basis. Our hope is that the Language Fellows program will be the “sweet spot” for language-sharing: less formal and instructional than a language class, but more personalized and intimate than a language table. In the spirit of PULP, Language Fellows are aware of the privilege of multilingualism when it comes to community development. They actively seek out ways to contribute their language skills to community stewardship, in their studies on campus and in their future careers. There are two ways to participate in the program:
- A Language-Speaking Fellow pair meets with someone in a language that they both know equally well to engage in dialogue. The goal for a Language-Speaking Fellow is to meet their Fellow at their current level of proficiency to enjoy the pleasure of conversation. Less proficient Language-Speaking Fellow pairs provide mutual support for improving their competence and confidence in the language; more proficient Language-Speaking Fellow pairs enjoy the natural flow of dialogue and converse fluently in the language to discuss any multitude of culturally-relevant topics.
- A Language-Learning Fellow pair meets with someone in a language that they have a greater or lesser proficiency in than their partner, to work towards improving proficiency. The goal for LanguageLearning Fellows is to use the proficiency of one Fellow as a platform for the other to take linguistic and cultural risks in conversation, and to feel comfortable discussing topics with vocabulary that may be limited or unfamiliar. Language-Learning Fellows experiment and explore with a variety of sentence structures and idiomatic phrases. They practice implementing constructions learned in language classes.
Language Fellows converse in a dozen different world languages, including: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.