The Center has stayed true to its commitment to initiate, develop, and publish African language pedagogical materials. The latest of our publications are Dusome Ikinyarwanda, Elementary Kirundi, and Tigrinya. Other titles in progress include, Let's Speak Luganda, Intermediate Bamanankan, Standards-Based (Furahiya Kiswahili Pre K-5 &Yoruba Pre K-5). We host an annual summer institute for language instructors. The lectures, discussions, and micro-teaching immerse participants in the backward curriculum design approach to language instruction and learning.
LinguaFolio Online is an e-portfolio evaluation tool that allows students to collect evidence demonstrating their communicative abilities in any language. The portfolio, developed by the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) in consultation with the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), allows students to upload evidence of their proficiency according to the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements.
The NHLRC provides professional development and publishes research to help K-16 language instructors face the challenge of teaching heritage language students. The Center’s core offerings include an annual research institute, a summer teacher workshop, an online certificate program, a peer-reviewed journal, and quadrennial international conferences. The upcoming Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, February 16-17, 2018, will focus on heritage/community language studies as a multidisciplinary field, impacting a variety of educational contexts.
Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages
Meet the LRCs
In 1990, the Department of Education established the first Language Resource Centers (LRCs) at U.S. universities in response to the growing national need for expertise and competence in foreign languages. Now, twenty-five years later, Title VI of the Higher Education Act supports sixteen LRCs, creating a national network of resources to promote and improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages.
The U.S. Department of Education Title VI provides funding for Language Resource Centers. The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education nor imply endorsement by the federal government.
8 Areas of Focus
Each LRC has a unique story and mission, but all LRC work is organized around eight basic areas: