About Us

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The Excel Languages Center (LC) is one of five Excel Centers at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). We are located in Dwire Hall 270 and available to all UCCS students, faculty, staff, and community members. Our space, skills, and services are here to best support academic excellence at UCCS through community-building, cultural exchange, leadership development, and student success. We provide academic support through tutoring and other services focused around foreign languages, English for international students, American Sign Language (ASL), and campus-wide enhancement of cultural competencies. In collaboration with the Kraemer Family Library, the Languages Center also provides free access to the Mango Languages learning software (via pc or mobile application) offering support for 71 languages and English for non-native users.

Phone: (719)255-3690
E-Mail: langsctr@uccs.edu

All students are encouraged to utilize ALL FIVE Excel Centers (services, technology, space, and resources) regardless of enrollment in associated courses.

The mission of the Excel Languages Center is to empower student success through collaborative learning, individualized tutoring, leadership development, and meaningful dialogues.

The LC has multiple spaces, including a technology classroom (Dwire Hall 272) that has 15 networked computers running Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2016 with Language Packs. Each computer has a headset with a microphone available. The LC also has a dedicated study session room (Dwire Hall 266) for student collaborative learning, recording ASL video assignments, conversation tables, and proctoring of language proficiency or make-up exams. 

In addition, we offer the following FREE services and resources:   

  • Direct, individualized, drop-in, group tutoring (in-center and online)

  • Foreign language proficiency testing (instructor assigned, MAPS, or skipping in sequence) 

    • Make a Starfish appointment (student must detail (in the comment box) why they need a proficiency test) 

  • Make-up testing (with instructor approval)

  • Technology (computers w/Blu-ray players and headsets, cameras, DVD player, scanner, printer, projector, studio equipment for ASL videos)

  • Foreign language films and resources

  • Study or group activity space

  • Conversation tables to practice foreign languages, English, and American Sign Language (ASL)

  • FREE COFFEE

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