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Online Cafés: Creating language & culture learning communities


The virtual equivalent of the neighborhood coffee house, the online café is a place for people to gather for conversation and social interaction. In the Online Cafés project, language educators have worked together to design online cafés in which language learners in different locations can engage in intercultural exchange and language practice. Explore this site to find out more about online cafés for intercultural exchange.

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Assessment in Online Language Courses


Designed for in-service online language teachers, this course, offered in Fall 2017, focuses on issues of assessment in online language courses. Course content is available as open educational resources (OERs) for self-study and reference.

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Materials Development for Online Language Courses


The purpose of this series is to introduce instructors to principles and best practices for designing or adapting materials for online language courses. The series consists of five sessions focusing on various scenarios in which an online instructor would need to adapt existing materials or create new materials to meet students' learning needs. Course content is available as open educational resources (OERs) for self-study and reference.

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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.

LRCs create language learning and teaching materials, offer professional development opportunities for language instructors, and conduct and disseminate research on foreign language learning. All LRCs engage in efforts that enable U.S. citizens to better work, serve, and lead.

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Each LRC has a unique story and mission, but all LRC work is organized around eight basic areas:
  • Research
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  • Digital tools and resources
  • Assessment
  • Professional development
  • Less commonly taught languages initiatives
  • K-12 initiatives
  • Outreach and dissemination

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