Office of Postsecondary Education
International and Foreign Language Education
Washington, DC 20006
CFDA 84.229A Language Resource Centers –
George Washington University, Georgetown University, Center for Applied Linguistics April 2010
The George Washington University (GWU), in collaboration with Georgetown University (GU) and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), seeks funding for four years (2010-2014) to operate a national language resource center. The proposed National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) will address the needs of foreign language teachers in grades K-16 through (1) the development and dissemination of training and materials to strengthen teacher expertise; (2) strengthening teacher expertise in the uses of assessment; (3) providing resources, materials, and training that focus on the needs of teachers of specific less commonly taught languages (LCTLs), including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian; and finally, (4) providing professional development opportunities for foreign language teachers and teacher educators through summer institutes, conference presentations, and conference hosting.
The proposed NCLRC will build upon the successes of the GU/CAL National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), founded in 1990, and its successor, the GU/GWU/CAL NCLRC, established in 1996 (www.nclrc.org). Through the program of activities set forth in this proposal, the proposed NCLRC will realize its mission of strengthening the competencies and skills of K-16 foreign language educators nationwide and thus supporting the achievement of higher levels of language proficiency in their students.