The Language Research Centre (LRC) provides leadership in research into language acquisition, learning and teaching, the effective use of technologies, and policy-making. It is a central point of contact on language research between the University of Calgary and the world.
The LRC is a hub of language activity created to optimize the intellectual resources available from numerous departments on campus and to build bridges to our community.
The LRC offers a world-class environment for language education. Effective language education means a better understanding of how we acquire and process language, but also how language functions as part of culture and literature. The University of Calgary experience provides this level of integration to our students, facilitated by the best technology, the most advanced language-learning materials, and taught by internationally recognized scholars.
The Language Research Centre (LRC) in the Faculty of Arts is
a joint initiative at the University of Calgary that includes
the Faculty of Arts (Department of French, Italian and
Spanish, Department of Germanic, Slavic and
East Asian Studies, Department of Linguistics) and the Faculty of Education.
Membership in the LRC is free and open to members of the academic and non-academic communities. Click here for a document that outlines membership.
The LRC's research-related activities include:
- Two speaker series that present current research by faculty and LRC members;
- A psycholinguistics lab group that discusses current research into language acquisition;
- Contract work for government agencies and school jurisdictions;
- Professional development workshops;
- Sponsorship and organization of conferences and roundtable discussions related to language and language teaching; and
- Promotion of second language education.
Conducting Research through the LRC
The LRC offers researchers who conduct their research
projects under the umbrella of the LRC:
- The use of observational "smart" classrooms;
- The use of the computer / multimedia lab;
- The use of technological and specialized equipment;
- Training and technical support for researchers and graduate students;
- Facilitation of interdisciplinary and / or international research collaborations.