Foreign Language Residence Program - NIU - Foreign Language and Literatures

Residence Program

FAQs about the Foreign Languages Residence Program

  • What are the program benefits?

    As a FLRP participant, you will …
    Improve or maintain your conversational skills in your target language.
    Live among other students who are open to other cultures.
    Be exposed to people from other countries and cultures.
    Have access to tutoring from the Native Speakers (you must schedule a time for tutoring).
    Participate in free excursions on behalf of International House.
    Go on a free Taft retreat.
    Receive academic credit for living on the floor.
  • What language groups does FLRP have?

    We currently have groups for French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Chinese. The groups are subject to change according to student enrollment.
  • Where is the FLRP floor?

    The FLRP floor is located on the second floor of the B-wing of Douglas Residential Hall. It is a part of the International House, a university recognized academic living and learning environment (Such as Honors House, Teach House, SET house, etc.).
  • How do I receive academic credit for participating in the Foreign Language Residence Program (FLRP)?

    In order to receive any academic credit for the FLRP a student must be a full participant. Each semester you can qualify to earn 1 elective credit from FLRP. All students need 12 elective credits for graduation. You can earn a total of 4 elective credits from FLRP.
  • What days and times are the daily dinners at?

    The daily dinners are on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 4:15 to 5:30 pm. We start the first day of classes observed by the university and we end the dinners the week before final exams.
  • Do I have to be a full participant in the program to participate at the daily dinners?

    You do not have to be a full participant to attend the daily dinners. We accept off-floor guests readily but we are not able to give you the elective credit. There are no exceptions to this rule.
  • What if I have a class schedule conflict and I cannot make it to the dinners or I will be late to the dinners?

    If you are considering joining the program, we ask you to keep the 4:15- 5:30 time slot open in your schedule. Most classes are not held at this time. If you have a conflict that interferes with FLRP you will not be able to get the credit. An exception can be made if the conflicting class is a foreign language class. You must discuss any dinner conflicts with the Coordinator in advance.
  • What do I have to do to be a full participant in the Foreign Language Residence Program?

    In order to be a full participant you have to do the following:
    Live on the FLRP floor
    Attend the daily dinners (no class conflicts)
    Be enrolled in a language class
    Attend the weekly language nights
    Attend the TAFT retreat once a semester
  • How can I be placed on the FLRP floor?

    If you DO NOT have a room assignment already, you may contact the FLRP coordinator and make arrangements to live on the FLRP floor. You need the coordinator's permission in order to live on the floor. On your Housing and Dining Application you need to indicate that you want to live on the FLRP floor. We do our best to place you with another student that is interested in the same language. If you have a friend that you want to live with, and your friend would also like to participate in the program then we will do our best to accommodate the both of you.
  • How do I get my room assignment changed from another dorm to the FLRP floor?

    The coordinator needs the student's permission to move them from their original room assignment to the FLRP floor. This can be done over email. The student needs to use their NIU official student email to send the program coordinator a message that states their wish to live on the FLRP floor.

    Example:

    Dear housing and dining representative,

    I, ________________, would like to switch my current room assignment from current room to a room assignment on the FLRP floor. I give the FLRP coordinator permission to move my room assignment.

    Sincerely,
    Your name

    You may use this template to email the Housing and Dining Department your room switch request.
  • I want to be on the FLRP floor but I have a person that I want to room with. Can they live on the floor too?

    Your friend can live on the floor ONLY if they also want to be a full participant in the FLRP program.
  • What are the language nights?

    Language Nights are held weekly. Each group has their own separate language night. Each student prepares an informal presentation and presents it in their target language. This may seem intimidating but no one is there to judge you! The natives will provide you with good feedback about your presentation. You can use your language night to prepare a presentation for another class. Think of it as a test run for a presentation that you will get a grade on in class. This is good practice and a great way to fine-tune your presentation. On the upside, since language night is informal, you are more than welcome to show up in your slippers and pajamas!
  • What are the Special Dinners?

    If you DO NOT have a room assignment already, you may contact the FLRP coordinator and make arrangements to live on the FLRP floor. You need the coordinator's permission in order to live on the floor. On your Housing and Dining Application you need to indicate that you want to live on the FLRP floor. We do our best to place you with another student that is interested in the same language. If you have a friend that you want to live with, and your friend would also like to participate in the program then we will do our best to accommodate the both of you.
  • What is the TAFT retreat about and where is it?

    The TAFT retreat is a great opportunity for all of the FLRP participants to get to know each other in a relaxed setting. The Taft Campus is a satellite campus in Oregon, Illinois. From Dekalb, Oregon is approximately 45 minutes away from the campus and the program supplies transportation. The Taft Campus is set up like as a summer camp. Students participate in team-building activities and presentations throughout the day. At night there is a night hike and activities, followed by a bonfire! Since TAFT campus is in the middle of the woods we ask that students keep the weather in mind when packing. Students do sleep in a barrack style, heated room. There are bathroom facilities in the dorms.
  • What are the other perks of the program?

    Personal study room/library
  • How is life on the floor?

    Tight-knit community
    International atmosphere
  • What are the rooms like on the FLRP floor?

    The rooms on the FLRP floor have the same room layout as the rest of the Douglas and Lincoln Hall rooms. The rooms are mainly double rooms but there is one room reserved as a triple.
  • Does it cost extra to life on the FLRP floor? What are the extra fees for?

    There is an extra fee of $50 to live in any Specialty House (International House, Honors House, TEACH House, etc). This extra fee goes to floor programming. International house offers excursions, at no extra cost to the student, throughout the semester. We have gone to internationally acclaimed operas, musicals, and other exciting cultural offerings in Chicago in the past. The $50 covers all transportation, ticket prices and meal vouchers (if there is a meal involved during the excursion).
  • If the University is closed do I have to come to dinner still?

    No. Since FLRP is recognized as a class by the university, you are not obligated to attend a daily dinner if there are no classes held at the university.
  • What is the grading based off of in the program? How can I keep track of my grade?

    Your grade will be based off of your attendance at the daily dinners, language nights and Taft Retreats. Each unexcused absence counts against your grade. After 5 unexcused absences your grade goes down a letter grade. Showing up late to the daily dinners or language nights also count against you. Keep track of your attendance because your grade is directly related to it.