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Welcome to the Language Research Centre!


The LRC speaker series are back. We have two very engaging and stimulating series: “Language of Literature” focused on the ties between language and literature, and “Language Acquisition and Learning” focused on methodological issues in language acquisition research.  Lectures are held on Fridays from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. in the Language Research Centre (CHD 420). We look forward to another great year of talks! 


Language of Literature Series

September 30             Christopher Rea, Asian Studies,     University of British Columbia The Art of Ingenuity: A Brief History of the Chinese Swindle Story CHC105

* Please note that the talk on September 30th has been moved to CHC 105.


Language Acquisition and Learning Series

October 28                                 Peter Wood, University of Saskatchewan                                                                           The effects of computer-assisted extensive reading on L2 vocabulary acquisition.  A meta analysis        
November 4         Michael Dabrowski, University of Calgary               From Creator to Curator: Teaching Language in the 21st Century


The LRC "I'd Like to Know More About ..." Workshop

November 10, 2016 from 9 am to 2:30 pm

Please plan to join the LRC on Thursday, November 10th between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for the 6th annual “I’d like to know more about …” workshop. The goal of the workshop is to provide students, established researchers, and members of the LRC community with an introduction to new areas and practical tools for enabling research. Please help spread the word by forwarding this invitation to anyone you know who might be interested!

9-10:30 Darin Flynn, University of Calgary 
Audio Killed Phonetic Transcription! Long Live Phonetic Transcription! 

Catherine Bowers, University of British Columbia 

Public Engagement and Student Learning through Social Media 
13:00-14:30 Lucas Czamecki, University of Calgary 
Computerized text analysis 

If you’d like to attend any of the workshops, please respond to Please let us know by November 4th which of the workshops you’d like to attend and whether or not you’d like to join us for lunch. Note - the workshop is free and open to the public.


CEFR Examinations

German CEFR examinations at the A2, B1, B2, and C1 levels are offered by the Language Research Centre. The exam dates are as follows: 

A2 exam:  TBA
B1 exam:  TBA
B2 exam: TBA
C1 exam: TBA

If you are interested in taking any of these exams, please fill in the registration form and submit it with payment to the Language Research Centre (address on form) .

More information on the exams is here:

Practice exercises for each exam level are available here:

French CEFR (DELF / DALF) examinations are offered by the French Centre. For more information see:

Chinese HSK examinations are offered by the Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures. For dates and other information, please visit:

Spanish CEFR (DELE) exams are offered by the Aula Cervantes. You can find more information here:


The LRC and the Calgary Persian Library: A New Partnership

We would like to welcome the Calgary Persian Library (CPL) to the LRC. An outgrowth of the Iranian Graduate Student Association, the CPL houses over 850 books, hosts regular readings, and welcome authors and scholars. The Library is in Craigie Hall D401A, and its office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 1:00 pm and from 6:00 until 7:00 pm. We look forward to collaborating with the CPL!

                  Our speaker series have concluded for the 2015-2016 year. You can read about our speaker series in the bi-annual newsletter
      'Language Matters'. Stay tuned for upcoming details on the 2016-2017 speaker series. 

                    Our research groups will not be meeting officially over the summer. Please check back here again in the fall for more information
about the groups.


Status of Languages in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary

We are pleased to report that the Faculty of Arts Council approved the Report of the Task Force on the Status of Languages entitled Learning Languages to Embrace, Comprehend and Contribute to Our World on April 8, 2015. We would like to thank the members of the Task Force as well as everyone who contributed to the Report.

[find the report here].