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Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
For teachers of foreign languages.
Grade Level: Professional

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) is made available through the funding of the United States Department of Education (USDE) Title VI Language Resource Center program. It was developed to improve the nations capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively and includes lesson plans, activities, and assessment information.
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The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition offers resources for teachers of foreign languages through a summer program, as well as information on programs and research. Second language teachers will find curriculum materials such as an overview of the National Standards for Foreign Language and a curriculum handbook designed to help teachers move students toward language proficiency. The Handbook includes classroom tasks and activities for teachers of French, German, and Spanish with suggestions for adapting them for different levels and languages. There is also a section for Content-Based Language Teaching with Technology that includes instructional strategies, assessment resources, and content-based lesson plans and units. The Less Commonly Taught Languages Project database contains information about where students can study hundreds of languages at colleges, universities, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. The Virtual Assessment Center offers information on developing integrated performance assessments as well as checklists and rubrics.


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