What is an LRC?

In 1990 the the Language Resource Center program was created under Title VI of the Higher Education Act to fund centers focused on improving the nation's capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages.  While each center has a unique focus, their work falls into the following general areas:

  • Research and dissemination of new and improved teaching methods, including educational technology;
  • Development and dissemination of new teaching materials;
  • Development, application, and dissemination of performance testing;
  • Training of teachers in the administration and interpretation of performance tests, the use of effective teaching strategies, and the use of new technologies;
  • Significant focus on the needs of those who are teaching and learning the less commonly taught languages;
  • Development and dissemination of materials designed to serve as a resource for foreign language teachers at the elementary school and secondary school levels;
  • Operation of intensive summer language institutes.

There are currently 16 Language Resource Centers in the United States, each working under a four-year grant that runs from August 2018 - August 2022.

The contents of the OLRC website were developed under grant P229A180008 from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.