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Welcome to the Language Research Centre!


Alberta Open Educational Resources Summit

The Alberta Open Educational Resources Summit took place at the University of Alberta on May 11, 2017 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm and was live-streamed at the University of Calgary in Craigie Hall E 106 and 110.

LRC Annual Student Poster Symposium 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Craigie Hall D, fourth floor


Sarah Eaton reports on her participation in the English for All initiative of the White House. (see report)


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

January 13, 2017                               Martin Wagner and Anthony Wall, University of Calgary     Enlightened Aesthetic Theory in German and France: The Case of the Ancient Laocoon Statue


September 30, 2016                  Christopher Rea, University of British Columbia     The Art of Ingenuity: A Brief History of the Chinese Swindle Story


Language Acquisition and Learning Series

March 31, 2017                                             Katherine Mueller, University of Calgary                                                                           Intensive French in the classroom: An application of the Neurolinguistic Approach  
March 24, 2017                                                                                                                    Ana T. Pérez-Leroux, University of Toronto                                                                                                                                                                                                            Productivity, directionality and proficiency: Exploring L2 speakers' difficulties with recursive NPs                                                                                         
November 4, 2016                      Michael Dabrowski, University of Calgary                                    From Creator to Curator: Teaching Language in the 21st Century                     
October 28, 2016                                                 Peter Wood, University of Saskatchewan                                                                                       The effects of computer-assisted extensive reading on L2 vocabulary acquisition.  A meta analysis                                     


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 School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures 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.