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.
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
Next LARC/CALPER Assessment Webinar #13
How Do We Assess Task-based Performance?
Thursday, April 3, 2014
3:30pm Eastern (check your time zone)
This webinar will be conducted by Dr. John Norris (Georgetown University). His recent books explore language teaching (Task-based Language Teaching: A Reader), evaluation (Toward Useful Program Evaluation in College Foreign Language Education), assessment (Validity Evaluation in Language Assessment), and research synthesis (Synthesizing Research on Language Learning and Teaching), and he has co-authored several volumes on the topic of Task-Based Assessment (Designing Second Language Performance Assessment, and An Investigation of Second-language Task-based Performance Assessments).
More Information and Link to Sign-up.
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.
Free Resources from the LRCs
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.
List of Free Resources [PDF] Visit the LRC Portal for more information about our activities.