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The Language Research Centre (LRC), established in 2001, and housed in the Faculty of Arts, is the University of Calgary’s interdisciplinary hub for research on Language. The LRC promotes and undertakes research on Language and languages broadly defined, is committed to applying research results to solutions for real-world problems, and is dedicated to engagement with the community. In addition to the members of the new School, the LRC welcomes among its members interested parties from the greater University of Calgary community as well as stakeholders from Calgary and beyond. As part of the new School of LLLC, the LRC will continue to facilitate, promote and disseminate research in all aspects of enquiry in languages, linguistics, literatures, cultures and related pedagogy.

In the large School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures, research and scholarship as well as teaching and learning will necessarily be heterogeneous. The LRC will serve as a community-building space for members of the new school. The collaborative and interdisciplinary model proposed will allow for a cross-pollination of ideas and contribute to unfolding and maximizing the interdisciplinary research and teaching potential of researchers and instructors within the new school. It will also offer a space for the wider community and language professionals in the Southern Alberta area for professional development and sharing of best practices.

Research: The LRC will lead, coordinate, promote and host the combined research activities and initiatives of the new school. Taking a leadership role in facilitating research collaborations and obtaining external (government), tri-council and internal grants that support and connect researchers around common projects, the LRC, through an appropriate committee structure, will

• Host the LLLC speaker series, local and visiting speakers, work-in-progress talks, professional colloquia, national and international conferences.

• Lead and support individual and collaborative grant writing groups by researchers within the school around the different research specialties.

• Lead and support the formation of informal group meetings and research groups.

• Support and build relationships among researchers in transcultural studies, literary and cultural theory, applied linguistics, and theoretical linguistics through appropriate activities.

• Support and promote its members’ research activities including book launches, brochures, and profiles.

• Provide a forum for graduate student research (e.g. graduate student poster presentations, research colloquia, conference practice, workshops, graduate students grant writing groups) organized around the research specialties in the graduate programs.

• Encourage collaboration with researchers and research institutes, and other units across campus.

Language Pedagogy: The LRC will be the hub for language pedagogy training within the School and will

• Continue to offer pedagogical training for graduate students through a suite of multi-disciplinary LANG courses (http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/language.html).

• Offer regular workshops for graduate students, educators and administrators on second language pedagogy and teaching. Page 18 of 30

• Continue to offer support for and expertise in internationally recognized language proficiency (CEFR) assessment, with the French Centre and the AULA Cervantes.

Community Engagement: The LRC will provide a forum for community members to learn about and discuss issues related to Language and languages. It will

• Continue to lead knowledge engagement and mobilization activities including research projects and public forums with community partners including the school boards, heritage language communities, Alberta Health Services and the Calgary Public Library.

• Continue to offer policy development support for school boards and other jurisdictions.

• Offer professional development opportunities to language instructors in the wider community.

• Initiate activities that promote languages within the broader community including WordFest and CEFR examinations.

Recommendation 1: The LRC will continue to maintain its own budget within the School. Staffing will include the director, who will receive course release, and adequate administrative support.

Recommendation 2: The LRC will take a leadership role in facilitating research collaborations and obtaining external (government), tri-council and internal grants that support and connect researchers around common projects.

Recommendation 3: The LRC will maintain its current space and will be given the budget to support the new School’s research, pedagogy training and community outreach initiatives.

Recommendation 4: The LRC will offer at least two LANG courses annually.

Recommendation 5: The LRC, the French Centre and other partners will be jointly responsible for activities such as WordFest in languages other than English and CEFR examinations within the School of LLLC.

Extract from Blueprint for the Creation of the

School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures (23 March 2016)