The Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR) understands that progressive developments in language education demands close collaboration with other organizations to be successful. To ensure a broad impact, CULTR embraces partnerships with entities across the United States. Operating on a national stage in these collaborations, CULTR effectively reaches a large audience by pooling diverse resources and talent to further its mission. Our LRC would like to thank these departments and associations for their collaboration:
The U.S. Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Created in 1980, The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has over 4,400 employees and a $68 billion budget dedicated to various initiatives including establishing policies on financial aid, gathering data on America’s schools, ensuring equal access to educational issues, and focusing national attention on key educational issues. Adhering to its mission, the U.S. Department of Education, in 1990, established the first Language Resource Centers (LRCs) at US universities in response to the growing national need for expertise and competence in foreign languages. CULTR, representing one of the sixteen LRCs across the U.S. today, is supported by grants under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, creating a national network of resources to promote the teaching and learning of foreign languages.
First established in 1990, the Department of Education’s Language Resource Centers (LRCs) were created to promote the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States. With support from grants under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, sixteen LRCs today aim to alleviate the increasing U.S. need for proficiency and expertise in foreign languages. Amongst the LRCs, some centers focus upon specific areas of language while others focus upon a broader scope of foreign languages overall. Regardless, nationally and internationally recognized language professionals lead these centers to create language learning and teaching materials, offer professional development opportunities for educators, and conduct research on foreign language learning. As one of the sixteen LRCs, CULTR often works with the other centers to complete various projects, implement widespread initiatives, and further the mission of improving foreign language learning in the United States. To learn more about the LRCs, please visit the LRC Portal and explore the individual LRCs below.
ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry. The ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, ACTFL’s largest event, is an annual international event bringing together more than 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels, and assignments. This stage represents one of CULTR’s key platforms to disseminate resources, advocate, and meet the people we serve. Meeting the changing needs of language educators and students across the country, CULTR and ACTFL also work in partnership on a variety of initiatives pushing the growth of the individual teacher and the profession as a whole.