Center for Language and Culture


What is the Center for Language and Culture?
Our Mission

The mission of Capital Community College’s Center for Language and Culture is to expand educational and cultural opportunities for the Capital Community College and Greater Hartford communities by providing quality language, educational and cultural programs and services.

Our College

Embracing our community’s diversity, the college recently created the Center for Language and Culture to serve as an umbrella for our existing language and cultural programming with the intent of providing additional programming to reflect the needs and desires of our students and surrounding community. An emphasis will be on language in all its celebrated forms.

Located in downtown Hartford, Capital Community College is one of the most diverse colleges in New England. We have students from more than 50 different countries attending our college. We are also one of the area’s first Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), a designation granted to those institutions of higher education where more than 25 percent of its students are of Hispanic or Latino decent. Hartford is also home to a large and diverse West Indian population, adding to the community’s linguistic and cultural variety.

Language Courses Offered

Our language programming is divided into two categories. (ESL) English as a Second Language and World Languages.

  • English as a Second Language
  • World Languages: (Chinese, Italian, and Spanish)
Events For Our Students And Community

Concerts@Capital (Sponsored by the Music Department)

WORD! A celebration of words in all its glorious forms
         WORD! Words of Gratitude (November 6-18, 2017)
  • Graffiti Art
  • Storytelling
  • Writing Contest
Author Event  (April 2018) 
        WORD! Words of Unity (April 2017)  
These events are free and open to the public.

All our language classes have an online component; some can be taken totally online. In addition, some courses can be taken either for academic credit or non-credit.


Established in 1990, the ESL Program provides access to higher education through meeting the English language learning needs of the diverse residents of Greater Hartford. We have the largest academic ESL Program in the area, serving approximately 250 students from 40 different countries. Our program features day and evening courses; quality instruction; experienced faculty; free tutoring provided by the Academic Success Center, academic advising in collaboration with the Counseling Office, and many other Student Support Services.

ESL – Pronunciation Workshop

Improve your pronunciation and presentation skills through active participation and individualized instruction.

  • Do you want to communicate with 1/5 of our planet’s population?
  • Elementary Chinese I and II
  • Increase your employability! Learn Spanish!
  • Spanish for Medical Personnel
  • Elementary Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Spanish for Spanish Speakers, Heritage Spanish Course for those individuals who speak or spoke Spanish at home but were not formally educated in Spanish.
  • Elementary Italian

Don’t See It Offered?

Please contact Carl Guerriere, Language Coordinator, if you would like to see a new language course offered.


If you would like more information, consider contacting the following people:

Language Courses and Events

Carl Guerriere
Language Coordinator/Assistant Professor of Languages
(860) 906-5195

Hartford Heritage Project

Dr. Jeffrey Partridge
Humanities Department, Chair & Professor
(860) 906-5191