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Only English?

  • Does multilingualism matter?
  • Wouldn’t things be easier if we all spoke the same language?
  • What are language policies like in other countries? What can we learn from them?
  • What is the relationship between culture and language?

Given the widespread attitude that everyone speaks English, is there a need to maintain other languages?

This Lab will investigate these questions through workshops, hands-on activities and conducting interviews about something everyone has: language. These human language stories will also drive our action. Based on our investigations, students will collaborate to generate new strategies that address the challenges of language use by potentially creating advertising campaigns that will influence political representatives, university administrators, and the general public.


  • Librarians, educators, language lobbyists, and representatives of heritage communities will have guest appearances in the lab. Students will collect language stories from a range of community members at ASU and beyond. 

Impact Outcomes

Students will share their findings with the general public in a format of their choosing. Examples for that outcome include: proposal to AZ political representatives or ASU administration, op-ed article in the Washington Post, or a training manual for cross-cultural sensitivity in educational, workplace, or community settings.  View their final impact outcomes here

Multilingualism in the News

At the Humanities Lab, we strive to ensure our Labs are relevant and current. Here is a recent article about English language abroad in today’s news!

Enrollment Information

Fall 2020

Course time/location: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:45am via ASU Sync

Lab time/location: Tuesdays 9:00-10:15am through ASU Sync*

  • Humanities Lab HUL 494 and 598
  • Political Science POS 494
  • School of International Letters and Cultures SLC 494 and SLC 598
  • School of Global Studies  SGS 494
*Lab time is for students to work on activities and assignments, especially skill-building and collaborative Lab projects. Contact faculty about required Lab times.   Sign up today!

Instructional Team

Faculty: Danko Sipka Slavic Studies School of International Letters and Cultures Only English? Fall 2020
Faculty: Katie Bernstein Education Mary Lou Fulton Teacher's College Only English? Fall 2020
Librarian: Alexandra Humphreys Associate Liaison Librarian Humanities Division Only English? Fall 2020