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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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New Title VI Grant to CALPER


CALPER is pleased to announce that it received a new, four-year Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education and will continue its operation as a national Language Resource Center.

Announcing CLTNet of Pennsylvania


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. CLTNet will develop an extensive website which will feature multiples resources; workshops for teachers of Chinese; program directories; web-based projects; video clips, etc. An initial version of the site will be launched in Spring 2015.

This initiative is a partnership between CALPER, the Asian Studies Initiative at the Berks County Intermediate Unit, the Language in Motion Program at Juniata College, the World Language Program at the Bellefonte Area School District, and the Chinese Program at Mercyhurst University.

Interested teachers who want to join our mailing list are invited to send an email to Gabi Appel. More information will follow.

Recent Publications

Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative in L2 Education
by James P. Lantolf and Matthew E. Poehner, The Pennsylvania State University
New York: Routledge, 2014
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Discourse Analysis: Putting Our Worlds Into Words
by Susan Strauss, The Pennsylvania State University, and Parastou Feiz, California State University, San Bernardino
New York: Routledge, 2013.
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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.