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The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC)

From 1996-2014, The George Washington University (GW) collaborated with Georgetown University (GU) and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), to create the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC), one of fourteen Language Resource Centers (LRCs) in the United States funded by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI. Our LRC combined the strengths of the three institutions:

  • GW, which houses a highly-ranked Graduate School of Education and Human Development with an internationally reputed teacher preparation and doctoral program in language education;
  • GU, a nationally recognized university with an undergraduate college and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences unparalleled in languages and linguistics; and
  • CAL, a non-profit organization uniquely designed to conduct research, training, and assessment in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs).

Each institution has contributed an extensive network of foreign language educators combined with rich institutional resources and staff. The NCLRC built on expertise gained from twenty-five years of operation, refining its impact as a nationally recognized organization for improving the teaching and learning of foreign languages through development of resources for all world languages and professional development for teachers and teacher educators. We have conducted activities across four major areas:

  1. Materials Development and Dissemination to Strengthen Teacher Expertise. These activities built on the NCLRC's effective dissemination network by electronically disseminating the bi-monthly e-newsletter to world language educators in the U.S.; supporting the needs of teachers of Commonly Taught Languages; maintaining and revising the Essentials, a highly popular online resource on methodology; developing articles on research and classroom implications; expanding the NCLRC website resources and materials; and updating online learning strategies guides.

  2. Strengthening Teacher Expertise in the Uses of Assessment. The NCLRC trained in-service teachers on the basics of assessment with an emphasis on LCTLs; conducted and disseminated an online course on oral proficiency assessment; provided training to teachers on how to use and rate the Simulated Oral Proficiency Inventory (SOPI); supported the East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT); revised CAL's 1996 Oral Performance and Proficiency Task Handbook; and updated the Foreign Language Assessment Directory biannually.

  3. Focus on Less Commonly Taught Languages. The NCLRC disseminated the Arabic K-12 schools survey and maintained the Arabic K-12 Teachers' Network website and e-newsletter; it developed a network for teachers of K-12 and heritage South Asian language programs; it produced webcasts in Chinese and Russian; and revised the Arabic Essentials and developed adaptations for teachers of Chinese. These activities directly addressed critical needs in seventeen of the priority languages.

  4. Teacher and Teacher Educator Professional Development. The NCLRC hosted the 8th International Language Teacher Education Conference in 2013; and continued to offer the annual Summer Institutes in 2014; presented at major regional, national, and international conferences; and developed a language-specific credit-bearing graduate course on Arabic language teaching methodology for pre-service and in-service Arabic teachers.

From August 2014 to July 2015, the NCLRC has been operating a no-cost extension at the George Washington University. During this period we have completed the following activities: Six issues of our e-newsletter, The Language Resource and twenty issues of the Arabic K-12 Bulletin; four new webcasts in each of three LCTLs - Russian, Arabic, and Chinese; and the online publication of Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide - in English, Arabic, and Chinese (both traditional and modern characters). Our resources for foreign language educators will continue to be available on our website, which is now housed at the George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development (www.nclrc.org).

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