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Language and Culture Resource Center

College of Arts & Sciences



Welcome to the Language and Culture Resource Center!

We offer opportunities for people within the ETSU and regional communities to share cultural experiences, to celebrate our diverse backgrounds, and to build connections between native English speakers and multilingual speakers. Our programs include translation and interpretation services in Spanish and Portuguese, language tables, and conversation partners for international students. We host special events such as Hispanic Student Day for high school students in the Latinx community and the Corazón Latino festival. Check out our mission statement, other services, partnerships, and virtual events!


The LCRC is physically closed due to COVID-19. We continue to provide interpretation and translation services, virtual events, and our Conversation Partner Program. We are available by phone at (423) 439-8342. In order to schedule an interpretation or to request a translation, please send an email to .

The Corazón Latino Festival will go virtual this year! 

The LCRC will host three live musical events 

Tuesday, February 23rd @7:00pm –  Dúo Andaluza from Ecuador

Monday, March 22nd @ 7pm – Trifilio Tango Trio from Washington, D.C.

Thursday, April 22 @ 7pm – Flori Rusiñol from Tennessee

All events will be shown live through Youtube:

Click here: Corazón Latino Festival

Spanish Lessons for the Community

ETSU’s Language and Culture Resource Center will be partnering with the Langston Centre of Johnson City to provide free Spanish lessons for anyone in the community. Classes will begin on Monday, March 15, 2021 and will meet every Monday night for six weeks through April 19, 2021. All classes will be held virtually through Zoom. 

Three types of classes will be offered: 

1) Introduction to Spanish: 4:00 – 4:55 pm (beginner level)
2) Spanish Conversation: 5:00 – 5:55 pm (intermediate level in speaking and understanding Spanish required)
3) Literature and Discussion Group: 6:00 – 6:55 pm (some reading ability in Spanish required)

Classes will be taught by ETSU students under the direction of Dr. Felipe Fiuza. All course materials will be provided. All classes are free. 

To register, send your name and choice of class(es) to

You will receive an email confirming your registration and Zoom links to the meetings. For more details about the program, contact Laura Kappel at the Language and Culture Resource Center at 


Presentation by Latinx Artist Gabby Rivera

from Marvel Comics

Rivera’s most well-known character is the hero America Chavez. 

Tuesday, March 30th @ 5:00 pm, Live through Zoom

Contact the LCRC for the Zoom link.

For more info on this event, contact  

This presentation is through a partnership between the Language and Culture Resource Center and the Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies, the Department of Philosophy and Humanities, the Patricia Robertson Pride Center, the Department of Art & Design, the Department of Communication & Performance, the Literature & Language Department, the Women’s Studies Program, the Women’s Resource Center, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.


Stories of Resilience: Life and Identity in East Tennessee

Competition in Three Categories: Written Story, Voice Recording, and Film
Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2021

The Language and Culture Resource Center, together with the Regional Diversity and Inclusion Alliance and ETSU Film and Media Studies, invites you to share your own stories of resilience with the people around you. Maybe you have something to tell about how you are dealing with the pandemic, for instance, or about your childhood. We understand resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, racism, threats, prejudice, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. Any story that deals with resilience will be considered. We are interested in stories that are inspirational. We want to hear stories of resilience that you believe have helped you to become you.

There are three categories for you to enter our competition. The first place of each category will receive a cash prize of $300, and each second place $200, and each third place $100. The three categories are:
1) written stories; 2) storytelling; and 3) film. 

For more information and submission guidelines, go to the Scholarships page at the LCRC website or click Scholarships at the LCRC.

Reading through the Pandemic 

Students who need books about language and culture for their spring 2021 courses but who need financial assistance may take advantage of a new program called “Reading Through the Pandemic” offered by ETSU’s Language and Culture Resource Center. Students can apply for assistance in covering the cost of books about language and culture that are required by course syllabi, or other such books that will help them succeed in their courses. To request books not specifically listed on syllabi, students must obtain letters from their instructors explaining how the desired books would help them.

After using the books purchased in the “Reading Through the Pandemic” program, students may turn the books in to the LCRC to be made available for other students to use in the future for classes or research through a specialized library established with the materials. Or, they may elect to keep the books. 

To apply, contact the LCRC at 423-439-8342 or 

Swahili Language Table

Every Thursday from 4:00 - 5:00 pm on Zoom

Contact Lydia Githinji for more information: 

 English, Spanish, and Portuguese Language Table

Every Thursday at 5:00 pm on Zoom

Contact  for the Zoom link


Virtual Conversation Partner Program

International students and multilingual speakers in the community

Practice your English with us!

Individualized Zoom meetings available with LCRC students.


Call for Papers
Transverse: Poetry in Transit
1st Appalachian International Translation Conference

 The East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Literature and Language Department, ETSU Language and Culture Resource Center, and the ETSU Creative Writing Program is proud to announce our 1st International Translation Conference Transverse: Poetry in Transit. This event will happen on November 3rd and 4th, 2021, at the East Tennessee State University, located in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Dr. Guilherme Gontijo Flores will be our Keynote Speaker for the conference. Dr. Flores is a professor at the Federal University of Paraná. He is also a Brazilian poet, translator and editor. He has published, among other things, a Portuguese translation of Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy (1621) and another of Roman poet Sextus Propertius (55-43 BCE – 16 BCE) Elegies. He has been nominated for the Jabuti, the major literary prize from Brazil, for both his translations and his poetry, and he won it in 2014 in the translation category.
Proposals for papers, panel discussions, workshops, resource sharing, posters/exhibits, original translations, and teaching ideas are expected to address the conference theme: Poetry Translation as a Tool for Bridging Cultures. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2021. Send your submissions to Any questions should be sent to



We Read:

El Nuevo Tennessean Golazo

Golazo is an Ecuadorian website that displays short stories, personal narratives, interviews, and discussions about soccer in the world from a Latin American perspective. 

We Listen:

Ritmo LatinoRitmo Latino

WETS-FM is a public radio station operated as a partnership between East Tennessee State University and the station's listeners.








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