The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at The Pennsylvania State University is one of seventeen 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.


Thursday, November 19, 2015 9:00am - 12:00noon - CC Room 17B
How to Integrate Explicit Knowledge in the Second Language Classroom: Concept-Based Instruction
James P. Lantolf (Penn State, CALPER)

Friday, November 20, 2:30pm - 3:30pm - CC 30A
Natural Conversation and Chinese Language Teaching
Hongyin Tao (UCLA, CALPER) and others

Saturday, November 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Rethinking Research into Language Learning and Teaching in a Multilingual World
James P. Lantolf (Penn State, CALPER)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Exhibit Hall, Booth #1850
CALPER Materials and Resources

New Initiative

CLTNet of PA is an initiative, spearheaded by CALPER, that aims at supporting teachers of Chinese through establishing a network of educators in PA by connecting them to one another and functioning as a hub for resources. Interested teachers who want to join our mailing list are invited to send an email to Gabi Appel. More information to come soon.

Recent Publications

Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative in L2 Education
James P. Lantolf and Matthew E. Poehner
New York: Routledge 2014
Book Details
Discourse Analysis: Putting Our Worlds Into Words
Susan Strauss and Parastou Feiz
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.