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Language Resource Centers

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education


To provide grants for establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources for improving the nation's capacity for teaching and learning foreign languages through teacher training, research, materials development, and dissemination projects.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $5,022,000; FY 10 est $5,022,000; FY 11 est $5,022,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Centers funded must carry out activities to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages. These activities must include effective dissemination efforts, whenever appropriate, and may include--(a) the conduct and dissemination of research on new and improved methods for teaching foreign languages, including the use of advanced educational technology; (b) the development and dissemination of new materials for teaching foreign languages, to reflect the results of research on effective teaching strategies; (c) the development, application, and dissemination of performance testing that is appropriate for use in an educational setting to be used as a standard and comparable measurement of skill levels in foreign languages; (d) the training of teachers in the administration and interpretation of foreign language performance tests, the use of effective teaching strategies, and the use of new technologies; (e) a significant focus on the teaching and learning needs of the less commonly taught languages, including an assessment of the strategic needs of the United States, the determination of ways to meet those needs nationally, and the publication and dissemination of instructional materials in the less commonly taught languages; (f) the development and dissemination of materials designed to serve as a resource for foreign language teachers at the elementary and secondary school levels; and (g) the operation of intensive summer language institutes to train advanced foreign language students, to provide professional development, and to improve language instruction through preservice and inservice language training for teachers. Equipment costs may not exceed 15 percent of the grant total.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

to be determined.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Grants are awarded for up to a 48-month period. Continuation awards are subject to the submission of satisfactory progress reports and are subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Applicant Eligibility:

An institution of higher education or a consortia of institutions of higher education is eligible to receive an award.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Institutions of higher education or combinations of such institutions and individuals will benefit.

Award Procedure:

Final recommendations are made to the Secretary following advice from a panel of consultants.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Cynthia Dudzinski, International Education Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20006 Email: Phone: (202) 502-7589.

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