Course Code LANG
Co-ordinator(s) Assistant Director, Modern Languages
Languages Offered Anishinaabemowin, GreekHungarianKi-Swahili, Kurdish Full Course List
Minor Available No
Placement Test Required for students with previous knowledge More details

Which languages are offered?

Our Languages Less Commonly Taught vary from year to year.  Not all courses are offered every term.  Search the Carleton Central and/or the Public Class Schedule to find out which courses are being offered during the semester you are interested in.

“Languages Less Commonly Taught” are listed under the course code “LANG” on Carleton Central.  In order to find it, search for a category called “Language Studies”.  But when you register, make sure you choose the correct section because each section refers to a different language.  

This year we are offering:

See something you like?  If you have any further questions about the course(s), we invite you to contact our Assistant Director ( for more information.


Anishinaabemowin is a member of the Algonquian language family and is the third most commonly spoken Indigenous language in Canada after Cree and Inuktitut. Spoken with some variation by a number of tribes (Algonquin, Ojibwe, Chippewa, and Odawa), then language was used historically as a trade language throughout the Great Lakes and surrounding river systems.


While the country is known for its ancient history (and its beaches), modern Greece and the modern Greek language are still very much alive, well, and changing with the times. Join us this Fall/Winter for a beginner level (CEFR, A1) class in Modern Greek. Unlike Ancient Greek, which allows you to decipher texts dating back to before the Roman Empire, the language you will learn in our classes will give you the tools you need to communicate with today’s Greek speakers about topics from everyday life. In-class activities will include reading, listening, writing, and speaking and will explore the rich history of Greece, its role in current affairs, and many cultural aspects of modern Greek society.


Hungarian – the official language of Hungary situated in Central Europe – is spoken by about 15 million people worldwide, of whom 10 million live in Hungary, making it the most-widely spoken nonIndo-European language in Europe. Hungary has a rich and fascinating history, culture, literature, which can be better understood and appreciated, if one speaks Hungarian. The richness of the language makes translation of literary works challenging, or in certain cases almost impossible. Hungary has been undergoing numerous changes in the last 30 years and it is a goldmine for those who seek a better understanding of the political and cultural processes in the region.


Ki-Swahili is one of a number of Bantu languages spoken in areas of East and Central Africa.  The language is a national or official language of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo and an official working language of the African Union. While Ki-Swahili is African in origin, it has been influenced over centuries by contact with Arabic, Persian, German, Portuguese, English, and French.  Five to ten million people speak Ki-Swahili as their native language but many more – as many as 100 million – people speak it as a lingua franca. The 2006 Census reports 27,795 Ki-Swahili speakers living in Canada.  Of this group, 2,025 (7%) live in Ottawa.


Sorani Kurdish (Kurdi Sorani in Kurdish) is a member of the Indo-Iranian language family and the second largest Kurdish variety (after Kurmanji), spoken by about seven million people living predominantly in Iran and Iraq.  In Iraq, as the second most widely spoken language after Arabic, it enjoys both national and regional official status.  In addition, it is the prime language of media, public education, and public institutions in the Kurdistan Regional Government-Iraq. It is the third largest variety spoken in Iran, after Persian and Azeri. There are about 12,000 Kurds living in Canada and the majority of them are speakers of Sorani Kurdish.

How to register

If you are already a Carleton student, you can register as you would normally register in any course using Carleton Central.   

If are a returning Carleton student, you must complete this form and be approved before you can register.

And if you have never been a student at Carleton and want to take this course, you will need to first apply to become a “Special Student”.  This costs $52 and requires proof of English proficiency.  After you submit your application, if all is in order, approval usually takes approximately 3-5 business days.   After you have been approved, you can go ahead and register for the class on Carleton Central.