Proudly serving as a Title VI language resource center, the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research actively promotes public awareness on the wide array of advantages associated with foreign language learning especially with underrepresented learners. Staying true to this approach, the CULTR website has provided a repository of resources for both teachers and students regarding language education in urban areas. Example resources include teaching materials, best practices in student engagement, statistics about languages spoken in major cities, links to research articles, bibliographies, heritage language centers, and much more. Below is a quick summary of the resource pages contributed by CULTR.
Language Organizations│ Separated by levels of national, regional, and state, these organizations or communities serve to encourage language learning in the United States. Consisting of both private and non-profit organizations, these groups provide specific resources geared to enhancing the outreach and impact of almost all facets of language education for both teachers and students.
Career│ A knowledge of one or more foreign languages can be advantageous in a wide range of careers. For some jobs, such as translating, interpreting and language teaching, language skills are one of the main requirements. For other jobs a combination of languages and other qualifications, knowledge or skills may be needed. This aspect of our site will provide links to relevant job lists and non-commercial career centers.
Media│ Knowledge is power and the resources covered in this section of the site will provide information across a variety of mediums and topics. Specific languages, language learning, and topics on education are provided across links to both online and print journals and associated blogs.
Technology│ As technology has become increasingly imbedded in our daily lives, the relevant knowledge and skills related to its use can be influential in the learning process. This part of the CULTR website covers applicable trends to the classroom, resources to become gradually tech-savvy, and useful tools geared to both teachers and students.
Funding Opportunities│ Regarding foreign language education, funding opportunities for both teachers and students can often be limited. CULTR strives to assist those interested in foreign languages with the opportunity to continue moving forward. This area of the site will focus upon connecting individuals and groups to vital grant, award, and scholarship opportunities.
Advocacy│ CULTR is constantly striving to improve the support and encouragement for foreign language education and its ability to help learners in urban areas. Here you’ll find hands-on information on how to become a foreign language advocate in your community. You can also link to your representatives in our country’s capital so you can let them know your stance on foreign language issues.
Calendar of Events│ Upcoming conferences, events, workshops, and seminars will be listed in our calendar. The CULTR calendar will cover important activities with our center, related groups at Georgia State University, and related national/state/local organizations.
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