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Professional Development

The Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR) firmly believes teachers are the heart and soul of education. Focused on schools in urban areas, CULTR offers foreign language teachers the necessary backing they need to properly give their students the skills and support that leads to proficiency in foreign languages. In particular, CULTR offers a variety of immersive professional development workshops and a research-focused seminar on teacher retention. CULTR’s summer workshops focus on innovative uses of technology in language teaching, classroom assessment practices, and methodologies for teaching heritage language students, and its Language Teacher Retention Seminar identifies strategies for effective teacher support and retention, motivation, and coping strategies. Please visit each section of the website through the following portals to learn more today.

Moreover, our LRC provides renowned professional development opportunities due, in part, to the place we call home. CULTR, nestled in metropolitan Atlanta at Georgia State University, continually assists teachers by capitalizing on our academic resources, professional networks, and track record of successful projects.

An Education and Transportation Center

Atlanta represents a center for schooling both in terms of k-12 and higher education. Located in the city alone, Atlanta boasts more than 30 colleges and universities. Atlanta Public Schools, alternatively, operates over 100 schools that includes 17 charter schools. The teachers from these local institutions and from the schools in the surrounding regions have utilized the opportunities from CULTR to grow in their profession. Working closely with the Department of Education, district coordinators, and teachers regularly, CULTR remains tuned into the obstacles facing educators and works tirelessly to provide resources to move forward.

Furthermore, CULTR’s location in Atlanta provides access to professional development opportunities for many teachers in the US who may not be able to travel long distances to other LRCs for summer workshops. Atlanta is a transportation hub, easily accessible by car or plane and within a day’s drive from 15 states. Atlanta’s centrality makes it possible for teachers in major cities in this region, many of whom have been underserved by LRCs in the past, to attend conferences and workshops in Atlanta.

Talent and Resources from Georgia’s Largest University

Located at the largest university in the state of Georgia, the Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) at Georgia State University houses one of the most active and successful foreign language teacher education programs in the nation and also provides instruction in Ancient and Modern Greek, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish; Arabic, Turkish, and Hebrew are currently offered through the Middle East Institute, but will be taught through WLC as of Fall 2015. GSU offers an undergraduate degree in International Economics and Modern Languages with concentrations in Spanish, German, and French; a new concentration in Chinese will begin in Fall 2014.

WLC also staffs and supports a state-of-the-art language technology center called the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC). Providing academic support to the more than 10,000 students enrolled in language courses each year, the computer resources of the LARC includes 52 student workstations with language-learning software installations and audio/voice recording capabilities. Each workstation includes international keyboard sets for multi-lingual compositions, multi-media viewing and production software, and networked access to the LARC media server, where audio and video resources can be found to accompany language study programs in more than 15 languages. In addition, the new International Media Room includes an extensive collection of international DVD’s and videos, as well as international satellite broadcast television.