Introducing L2TReC!

Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC)

Sep 18, 2012

The University of Utah has established a Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC) in the College of Humanities under the joint direction of Professors Jane Hacking and Fernando Rubio. The Center will profile the university's unique strengths in foreign language education, coordinate with Utah State Office of Education (USOE) foreign language initiatives, and provide a focal point for research in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). It will work collaboratively with many other units on campus (e.g., Department of Languages and Literature, Department of Linguistics, Asia Center, Latin American Studies, Middle East Center, College of Education, etc.), with institutions of higher education around the state, and with K-12 via the USOE.

The University of Utah has established a Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC) in the College of Humanities under the joint direction of Professors Jane Hacking and Fernando Rubio. The Center will profile the university's unique strengths in foreign language education, coordinate with Utah State Office of Education (USOE) foreign language initiatives, and provide a focal point for research in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). It will work collaboratively with many other units on campus (e.g., Department of Languages and Literature, Department of Linguistics, Asia Center, Latin American Studies, Middle East Center, College of Education, etc.), with institutions of higher education around the state, and with K-12 via the USOE.

The Center will deliver and coordinate foreign language instruction through the third year (language courses numbered up to and including 3070). It will provide advising and support for students deciding which language to take and at what level, guidance for undergraduate students seeking to fulfill the BA language requirement, and direction on language verification requirements for graduate students from programs across the university.

A dynamic cohort of faculty will be housed in the Center, where they will receive ongoing training and supervision. The Center will host events and workshops on SLA research, curriculum development and assessment, and be a resource for the university and the community on foreign language education.

The Center will bring together faculty researchers from across campus whose work shares a second language acquisition focus. It will also sponsor student research on language acquisition and language teaching. The Center will assume a prominent role in supporting the state-wide, legislatively funded dual immersion project in Utah, by promoting immersion research, educating pre- and in-service teachers, and assisting with immersion curriculum development.