World Wide Webb
The Coleman-Lange International Center for the Study of World Languages and Cultures was dedicated in September 2008. The aim of the International Center is to help prepare enlightened and compassionate future leaders in a diverse and ever-shrinking world. Webb understands that students need to be able to successfully work, study, and thrive in a multicultural environment.
Webb School believes that proficiency in other languages and an appreciation of other cultures should be two characteristics of Webb graduates.
The International Center brings together Middle and Upper School language classrooms, language teachers, and a state-of-the-art language laboratory into one central location, creating an international environment where target languages are spoken in learning spaces that are designed and decorated specifically to reflect target cultures.
On the first floor, a large central common lounge/study space enables students and faculty to practice the various languages in a more relaxed context. A kitchen and eating space adjacent to the commons area allows for cooking demonstrations, hands-on preparation, and the tasting of international cuisines. These spaces also encourage socializing and collaboration in the target languages.
Webb’s Multicultural Coordinator, Elizabeth Gregor, is located in the International Center. To complement the curricula of the World Languages department and other departments on campus, she brings in guest speakers, artists, musicians, overseas-alumni, and international students. In addition, Webb helps create venues for student discussions on topics related to international and multicultural events.