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Students Check Out Foreign Language Films, Thanks to a Little Help from Some Friends

March 26, 2008 by Mary Prochniak

Thanks to a series of grants from Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries, the LSS Learning Lab in 259 Van Hise offers a growing collection of world language DVDs for check-out by students.

The DVD collection features more than 250 titles, most of which are recent releases, representing twenty languages from Arabic to Swedish.

The original grant in 2003 purchased foreign language DVDs to support classes studying French Cinema, Italian and Italian/American Culture, and Spanish Literature and Film. In 2005, a second grant allowed LSS to collect foreign language DVDs that were attractive as entertainment and useful in the classroom. In 2008, a third grant will focus on adding foreign cinema classics such as La Dolce Vita and Carmen.

Before the first Friends grant in 2003, the LSS video collection was limited to 24-hour use by instructional staff, and students could only view materials while in the LSS Learning Lab. The new collection offers students the opportunity to view cinema that will enhance their appreciation for languages and cultures of other countries and provide enrichment beyond the classroom.

The new collection has been surprisingly popular with both students and instructors. Various foreign film clubs, foreign language instructors, and graduate and undergraduate students have made suggestions for new titles to add.

DVDs in the new collection are listed at http://imp.lss.wisc.edu/lss/mediacat/3day.pdf and in MadCat and are available to the entire campus community.

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