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Welcome to the National Less Commonly Taught Languages Resource Center!

The Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at Michigan State University was awarded four years (2022-2026) of Title VI funding from the Department of Education to create the National Less Commonly Taught Languages Resource Center (National LCTL Resource Center; NLRC). The mission of the NLRC is to support and develop LCTL education by 1) offering high-quality opportunities for professional learning, 2) creating open and innovative instructional resources, and 3) forging strategic collaborations at the inter-institutional level. The NLRC will host eleven projects in three core areas that will make strong contributions to the instruction of LCTLs nationwide.

Who is leading the National LCTL Resource Center?

  • Felix Kronenberg, Director
  • Emily Heidrich Uebel, Associate Executive Director
  • Koen Van Gorp, Head of Research
  • Luca Giupponi, Head of Technology
  • Caitlin Cornell, Head of Outreach

More information will be posted on the National LCTL Resource Center personnel and its project leaders as the website is developed.


What are Language Resource Centers?

The Title VI Language Resource Centers program “provides grants for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources for improving the nation’s capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages through teacher training, research, materials development, and dissemination projects” (US Department of Education). There are now a total of sixteen LRCs. The LRCs funded for the 2022–2026 grant cycle are:

  • AELRC—Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center, Georgetown University
  • CALPER—Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research, The Pennsylvania State University
  • CARLA—Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota
  • CASLS—Center for Applied Second Language Studies, University of Oregon
  • CEDAR—Curricular Enhancement, Development, Access, and Research, University of Cincinnati
  • CeLCAR—Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region, Indiana University
  • CERCLL—Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy, University of Arizona
  • CILC–Center for Integrated Language Communities, City University of New York Graduate Center
  • CULTR—Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research, Georgia State University
  • NALRC—National African Language Resource Center, Indiana University
  • NFLRC—National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • NHLRC—National Heritage Language Resource Center, University of California, Los Angeles
  • NLRC—National Less Commonly Taught Languages Resource Center, Michigan State University
  • NRCAL—National Resource Center for Asian Languages, California State University, Fullerton
  • PEARLL–Professionals in Education Advancing Research and Language Learning, University of Maryland, College Park
  • SEELRC—Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center, Duke University