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.


This year the ESL Program celebrates 25 years of offering quality programming to the Greater Hartford community. We have the largest academic, ESL Program in the area serving approximately 200 students from 40 different countries. Our program features day and evening courses; quality instruction; experienced faculty, free tutoring and other support services.

The mission of Capital’s English-as-a-Second Language Program is to enable non-native English speaking students to develop and synthesize the core English language proficiency skills necessary for success in diploma and certificate programs at the College.

The integrated five-level ESL curriculum includes courses in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Initial placement is based on computerized and written test results. Each level consists of two courses taught by the same instructor. Online computer-assisted language learning, which can be accessed anytime and anywhere, has been integrated into each level to facilitate student learning.

The first two levels are no credit and start at the intermediate to advanced beginner level. The third, fourth and fifth levels are credit-bearing, language courses and continue to the intermediate and advanced levels of language proficiency. While these courses are credit-bearing, a total of only six credits can be applied toward a two-year degree.

ESL – Pronunciation Workshop

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

For more information about the ESL Program, visit our website or click here.

  • Beginning ESL Conversation
  • Beginning English-As-A-Second-Language
  • Professional Communication for Non-Native Speakers of English
  • Professional Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English
  • ESL Grammar Refresher
  • Intermediate ESL Conversation
  • English and American History for Au Pairs

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.

Feed the Latin Lover in you!

  • 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

ESL Program

Mary Romney-Schaab_51A8454
Mary Romney-Schaab
ESL Administrator
(860) 906-5203