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The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at the Pennsylvania State University is one of fifteen Title VI Language Resource Centers (LRCs) in the United States which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

CALPER's particular focus is to improve the environment of advanced-level foreign language teaching and learning, and assessment.

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2014 Summer Workshop Registration is Open

2014 Workshop Series
Vocabulary Teaching and Learning - June 9-10, 2014
Discourse Analysis and the Teaching of L2 Writing - June 11-12, 2014
Designing Projects for the Chinese Classroom - June 13, 2014
Google Apps for Teaching Chinese - June 14, 2014
Concept-based Language Instruction - June 16-17, 2014
Badges and Language e-Portfolios - June 18-19, 2014

For detailed information go to our Workshop Pages


Recent Publication

Discourse Analysis: Putting Our Worlds Into Words
by Susan Strauss, The Pennsylvania State University, & Parastou Feiz, California State University, San Bernardino
New York: Routledge, 2013.
Book Details


Free Resources from the LRCs

Access the LRC Portal Materials, Websites, Newsletters
The national Language Resource Centers have developed a wealth of resources for foreign language educators. A substantial number of those are available free of charge. To see what is available for your needs, download a list of the free resources with hotlinks. Download a list of free resources [PDF]



Penn State Language Teaching Workshops

The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research and the Center for Language Acquisition at Penn State conducts the Penn State Language Teaching Workshop Series during the academic year and holds a number of in-service workshops for Penn State instructors and local and regional world language teachers.