CULTR and other LRCs push for world skills

What is an LRC?


In 1990, the United States Department of Education established the first National Foreign Language Resource Centers (LRCs) at U.S. universities in response to the growing national need for expertise and competence in world languages. The Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR) is one LRC of sixteen currently across the United States.

cultr_pics-01Supported by grants under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, the LRCs create a national network of resources to promote the teaching and learning of world languages. Led by nationally and internationally recognized language professionals, LRCs create language learning and teaching materials, offer professional development opportunities for teachers and instructors, and conduct research on foreign language learning.

While some centers concentrate on specific language areas and others on foreign languages in general, all share the common goal to develop resources that can be used broadly to improve foreign language education in the United States. Within this common goal, all LRC work is organized around eight basic areas:

    • Research
    • Teaching materials
    • Digital tools and resources
    • Assessment
    • Professional development
    • Less commonly taught languages initiatives
    • K-12 initiatives
    • Outreach and dissemination


The Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR) is one LRC of sixteen currently across the United States. To explore your region's LRC or keep up with the work of the others, please delve into the the present groups below.
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Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR)
Georgia State University

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CULTR Website

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Slavic and East European Language Research Center (SEELRC)
Duke University

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SEELRC Website

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Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC)
Georgetown University
Center for Applied Linguistics

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AELRC Website

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Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER)
Pennsylvania State University

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CALPER Website

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Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
University of Minnesota

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CARLA Website

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Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS)
University of Oregon

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CASLS Website

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Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language & Literacy (CERCLL)
University of Arizona

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CERCLL Website

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Center for Integrated Language Communities (CILC)
City University of New York - CUNY

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CILC Website

CeLCAR Logo

Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR)
Indiana University

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CeLCAR Website

CLEAR Logo

Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR)
Michigan State University

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CLEAR Website

COERLL Logo

Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL)
University of Texas at Austin

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COERLL Website

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National African Language Resource Center (NALRC)
Indiana University

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NALRC Website

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National East Asian Languages Resource Center (NEALRC)
Ohio State University

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NEALRC Website

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National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC)
University of Hawai'i

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NFLRC Website

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National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC)
University of California, Los Angeles
UC Consortium for Language Learning & Teaching

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NHLRC Website

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National Resource Center for Asian Languages (NRCAL)
California State University - Fullerton

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NRCAL Website


The following LRC portal and brochure each describe the mission and contributions of the current LRCs. With a purpose to better prepare world language educators and students for an interconnected world, all LRCs engage in efforts that enable U.S. citizens to better work, serve, and lead.

LRC Booklet

LRC Brochure

This booklet describes the scope of the LRCs' current endeavors, and gives overviews of the individual LRCs.

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LRC Portal

LRC portal

The National LRCs have a vast system of support for foreign language educators. To see what is available for your needs, click the LRC Portal logo to further explore these resources.