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.
Supported 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:
• Teaching materials
• Digital tools and resources
• 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.
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.
This booklet describes the scope of the LRCs' current endeavors, and gives overviews of the individual LRCs.
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