Spencer W. Kimball says, "BYU should become the acknowledged language capital of the world."
October 10, 1975
The BYU College of Humanities gets approval to establish the Center for Language Studies
Mel Luthy is appointed to be the first director. He says the mission of CLS is "to help BYU achieve its full potential as a superb language and linguistic center, to give added expertise to graduates in any field and to bring the blessings of the Gospel to the people of the world."
Summer Language Program begins
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Ray Clifford becomes the new CLS director
“We will not have lasting peace without mutual understanding. You can’t have mutual understanding without accurate communication.”
CLS begins testing language proficiency of BYU students
Ray Clifford: “That will allow us to compare on a factual basis the accomplishments of our student body versus other universities.”
CLS receives generous donation from Ira and Mary Lou Fulton
Ira Fulton says, “I want our university to be recognized worldwide as the language university—and I’m going to help get it there.”
Van Gessel says, “The Mary Lou Fulton Chair of World Languages is going to help us teach advanced courses in many less commonly taught languages, including Tagalog, Cebuano, and Vietnamese. These are important languages in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but advanced training in them is virtually unavailable anywhere outside of BYU. Thanks to this chair, we’re going to be able to provide many more language-learning opportunities to meet the growing needs of our nation and the Church.”
CLS starts offering Language Certificates
ACTFL says, “BYU and ACTFL have enjoyed a long and prolific history of collaboration due to mutual commitment and focus on world language instruction and assessment. No better is that evidenced than in BYU's innovative Language Certificate Program (available in ten languages) the only university-wide, competency-based language certification program in the nation which provides students in all disciplines the opportunity to obtain an official ACTFL proficiency certificate to document their language capabilities.”
CLS holds ceremony to award 1,000th language certificate