CARLA's Language Resource Center Funding

LRC Brochure CoverThe Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota was awarded four years of grant funding (2022–2026) by theU.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Centers (LRC) programto improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively.

卡拉是一个十六岁的语言资源中心based at universities across the United States. 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. This is the eighth round of LRC funding awarded to the center since it began in 1993.

Learn more about the LRCs bydownloading our joint brochureand visiting thejoint LRC website.

CARLA’s LRC Initiatives (2022–2026)

As a federally-funded Title VI Language Resource Center, the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota is carrying out seven initiatives and ongoing dissemination in two focal areas:Language-Content IntegrationandTeacher Education and Advocacy.

Language-Content Integration

These three CARLA initiatives are designed to enhance language learning through cultural and academic content:

Literacies in Language Educationwill strengthen language teachers’ understanding and use of multiliteracies pedagogy by creating a database of instructional activities and enactment videos; organizing cohort-model workshops and lesson plan development for less commonly taught language (LCTL) teachers; and disseminating templates, tools, and teaching materials.

Secondary Dual Language Immersion (DLI): Materials Development & Research将支持增加二级DLI计划s by developing a repository of content-and-language integrated teaching materials; conducting design-based research on the creation of these materials; and offering workshops for immersion teacher educators at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI).

Social Justice in Language Educationwill improve understanding and application of critical pedagogies by researching student and teacher learning in social justice-oriented language classrooms and offering a suite of professional development activities.

Teacher Education & Advocacy

These four CARLA initiatives are designed to enhance teachers’ instructional capacity, support for their students, and communication with stakeholders:

Equity & Access to State Seals of Biliteracywill provide more equitable access to seals of biliteracy by conducting a national needs analysis; creating customizable toolkits for students, parents, and employers in ten LCTLs; developing assessment supports in six LCTLs; and disseminating materials through social media, the CARLA website, and national partnerships.

International Language Teacher Education Conference (ILTE)will provide a forum for language teacher educators to share research and practice by hosting the 12th ILTE; organizing symposia for LCTL, MSI, community college (CC) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) educators; and publishing a conference proceedings.

Language Program Direction (LPD)will support novice and aspiring LPDs by publishing interactive, web-based learning modules; facilitating a professional learning community; and supporting the publication ofSecond Language Research & Practice.

Practical Program Evaluation, in collaboration with ACTFL, will improve understanding and implementation of program evaluation by offering summer institutes and workshops for teachers in LCTL, CC, HBCU, MSI, and heritage language programs; creating Open Educational Resources to support program evaluation; and disseminating materials through the CARLA and ACTFL websites and CARLA presentation series.

Past LRC Projects

CARLA was funded through the LRC program from 1993–2018 for the periods between1993–1996 and 1996–1999,1999–2002,2002–2006,2006–2010,2010–2014and2014–2018. LRC projects have included:

Content-Based Language Teaching with Technology

Culture and Language Learning

Immersion Education and Research

Language Teacher Education Conference
(1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

Less Commonly Taught Language
(1993-2012 with continuation funding for 2013-4 from National Security Ed Program)

Pragmatics/Speech Acts

Second Language Assessment

Second Language Learning Strategies
(1993-1996, 1999-2002)

Technology and Teaching Languages Online

Web-Based Grammar Strategy Instruction for Spanish

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