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The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) is a Title VI Language Resource Center. We research culture, language and literacy within less commonly taught languages (LCTLs). We also provide educators with teaching resources and opportunities for meaningful professional development.

CERCLL serves as a unique local, regional, and national resource for scholars, academic professionals, teachers and others interested in improving our nation's capacity to deliver high-quality, pedagogically-sound, and cost-effective instruction in foreign languages. The majority of CERCLL's projects focus on the teaching and learning needs of the LCTLs. In accordance with the invitational priorities, we have several projects that have been developed and are in development with UA's Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), which are Title VI National Resource Centers (NRC). We are also collaborating with many other LRCs (CARLA, CALPER, CASLS, LARC, NCLRC, NFLRC, NHLRC, and NMELRC) on several projects.

In October 2014, CERCLL began its third funding cycle as one of 16 LRCs across the country. In the years ahead, CERCLL will continue to develop innovative pedagogies, create materials, conduct research on the teaching and learning of foreign languages, and provide professional development opportunities, in the form of institutes/workshops and conferences, for K-16 language educators.

CERCLL is located at The University of Arizona, and brings together faculty members and other UA academic professionals from such diverse areas as the College of Humanities (COH), the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), the College of Education (COE), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). We also work with the Critical Languages Program (CLP) and Partnership Across Languages (PAL), a program which brings together foreign language teachers at the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, and local high schools.

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Language Associations and Organizations


  • ALTA - African Language Teachers Association
  • AAAL - American Association of Applied Linguistics
  • AATA - American Association of Teachers of Arabic
  • AATF - American Association of Teachers of French
  • AATG - American Association of Teachers of German
  • AATI - American Association of Teachers of Italian
  • AATK - American Association of Teachers of Korean
  • AAATSEEL - American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
  • AATSP - American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • AATP - American Association of Teachers of Persian
  • AATT - American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages
  • AAUSC - American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators of Language Programs
  • ACTFL - American Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages
  • ACTFL - American Council of Teachers of Russian
  • ADFL - Association of Departments of Foreign Languages
  • AILDI - American Indian Language Development Institute
  • ATJ - The Association of Teachers of Japanese
  • CLTA - Chinese Language Teachers Association -
  • JNCL-NCLIS - Joint National Committee for Languages & the National Council for Languages and International Studies
  • MLA - Modern Language Association
  • NCJLT - National Council of Japanese Language Teachers
  • NCOLCTL - National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
  • NCSSFL - National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Languages
  • TESOL - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages


  • CSCTFL - Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • NECTFL - Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • PNCFL - Pacific Northwest Conference for Languages
  • SCOLT - Southern Conference on Language Teaching
  • SWCOLT - Southwest Conference on Language Teaching


  • AZLA - Arizona Language Association

Language Resource Centers

Click here to download a PDF listing free resources from the Language Resource Centers

lrc_broc_full.jpg Since 1990, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Title VI grants to institutions of higher education in order to establish Language Resource Centers (LRCs). The common goal of the LRCs is to promote the learning and teaching of foreign languages in the United States.

Download the Language Resource Centers brochure [PDF]

Go to the Joint Language Resource Center Website for a searchable database of resources and professional development opportunities available through the Centers.

aelrc.jpg The Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC) at the Center for Applied Linguistics and Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
calper.jpg The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
carla.jpg The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
casls.jpg The Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
celcar.jpg The Center for the Languages of the Central Asian Region (CELCAR) at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
cercll.jpg The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
blankpic.jpg The Center for Integrated Language Communities (CILC) at The City University of New York, New York City, NY
clear.jpg The Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
coerll.jpg Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
cultr.jpg The Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR) at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
nalrc.jpg The National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) at Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
osu.jpg The National East Asian Languages Resource Center (NEALRC) at Ohio State University, Colombus, OH
nflrc.jpg The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
nhlrc.jpg The National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) at the University of California - Los Angeles, CA
nrcal.jpg The National Resource Center for Asian Languages (NRCAL) at California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
seelrc.jpg The Slavic and East European Language Research Center (SEELRC) at Duke University, Durham, NC

Previously Funded Language Resource Centers

larc.jpg The Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
nclrc.jpg The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) at George Washington University, Washington D.C.
nk-12flrc.jpg The National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center (NK-12FLRC) at Iowa State University, Ames, IA
nmelrc.jpg The National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC) at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
salrc.jpg The South Asia Language Resource Center (SALRC) at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL