Southwest Language Resource Centers

A federally funded, national network of Language Resource Centers (LRCs) promotes and improves the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States.

LRCs create language learning and teaching materials, offer professional development opportunities for language instructors, and conduct and disseminate research on foreign language learning.

Six of these centers are located in the southwest region. To visit the individual center websites, click on the logos below.

Learn more about these centers in the presentation from SWCOLT’s pre-conference social event.

The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy, CERCLL (pronounced “circle”) creates free resources and professional development opportunities that focus on incorporating cultural awareness and multiliteracies into language teaching in multiple languages. New resources and initiatives include materials on social justice and corpus-based approaches, the use of digital media, content-based lessons on current events and STEM, and Professional Learning Online Networks (PLONS). Recordings from two biennial conferences on Intercultural Competence (ICC) and Digital Literacies (L2DL), and professional development webinars are also available.

CERCLL’s free drawing for SWCOLT attendees: Winners could choose one of the following: a) a registration to the 8th Intercultural Competence conference in January 2022, on Decentering Mobility in Intercultural Education: Engagement, Equity, and Access (attending either in-person or online), OR b) a copy of A Multiliteracies Framework for Collegiate Foreign Language Teaching, by Kate Paesani, Heather Willis Allen, and Beatrice Dupuy (a product of CERCLL’s PeRCOLATE project).


L2TReC supports research on Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and works with L2 teachers at all levels of instruction. The Center hosts events and workshops on SLA research, curriculum development and assessment, and is a resource for the university and the community on foreign language education. Through its partnership with the Utah State Board of Education, the Center promotes a K-16 vision for Utah’s Dual Language Immersion Program. Current projects focus on the creation of video resources for DLI and the development of learner language corpora.

L2TREC’s free drawing for SWCOLT attendees: L2TREC offered a free registration for the 8th International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education, hosted by L2TReC in Salt Lake City (March 2-5, 2022).

The National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC), at the University of California, Los Angeles, is a federally funded language resource center whose mission is to develop effective pedagogical approaches to teaching heritage language(HL) learners, both by creating a research base and by pursuing curriculum design, materials development, and teacher education. Some of our current projects include the annual HL Research Institute, summer teacher workshop on HL pedagogy, and the Heritage Language Journal.

NHLRC’s free drawing for SWCOLT attendees: A drawing for a fee waiver good for any of the five modules of the NHLRC online workshop on teaching heritage languages.

Based at the University of Texas at Austin, the Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) collaborates with language educators and learners to produce and share Open Educational Resources (OER) such as videos, lesson plans, online language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, and corpora. The term OER refers to any educational material offered freely for anyone to use, typically involving some permission to re-mix, improve, and redistribute.

COERLL’s free drawing for SWCOLT attendees: Two (2) winners could choose one of the following prizes: a) a copy of Français interactif, an open beginner French textbook, b) a copy of Recorridos, an open textbook with activities for reading Don Quixote, c) registration to the summer 2021 online workshops: Games2Teach collaboratory workshop (June 29-July 2) OR Heritage Spanish workshop (June 24-25).

Established in 1990, the NFLRC is the oldest Title VI Language Resource Center. It engages in research and materials development projects and conducts workshops and conferences for language professionals among its many activities, often geared to the less commonly taught languages of Asia and the Pacific. Current projects focus on project-based language learning (PBLL), online language pedagogy, and the publication of four open access journals.

NFLRC’s free drawing for SWCOLT attendees: NFLRC offered a badge fee waiver, good for any of the NFLRC online professional learning courses offered from 2021-2025, such as their Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning MOOC. 5 digital badge fee waivers were awarded in total.

The National Resource Center for Asian Languages (NRCAL) was established in 2014 to improve the nation’s capacity for the teaching and learning of Asian languages including Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Khmer.