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Welcome to the Language Research Centre!


Engaging language expertise to support multilingualism

Mary O’Brien’s dedication to second language acquisition and the Calgary multilingual community has been recognized. Congratulations! Read more on the bottom of the page of UToday.


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

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 9:00 am - 2:30 pm | CH D 420


CEFR Examinations

German CEFR examinations at the A2, B1, B2, and C1 levels are offered by the Language Research Centre. In 2016-2017 there will be no German CEFR exams. If you are interested in taking any of these exams in 2017-2018, 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 available here: For practice exercises for each exam level go to:

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:


Calgary Persian Library (CPL)

Since the beginning of 2016, the Calgary Persian Library (CPL), an outgrowth of the Iranian Graduate Student Association, has moved to the LRC. The CPL houses over 850 books, hosts regular readings, and welcomes 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.  


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.