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Director's Message

This is an exciting time for the Language Research Centre, a time of change and opportunity. On July 1, 2016 it became part of the newly formed School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.  

The history of the Language Research Centre since its inception fifteen years ago in 2001 has been one of expansion. Having started as a locus of interaction among education administrators, teachers of languages at different levels and researchers of second language acquisition and learning, the LRC has moved to a broader engagement with the study of language within a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary framework.

The LRC’s new role in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures will encompass all lines of activity established over the years with added new layers, addressing interests and research needs that have previously remained peripheral to it.

The LRC will thus continue to “conduct fundamental research exploring human language structure, processing and use, its relationship to acquisition, and how this research translates into practice,” as formulated in its 2011 mission statement. It will engage “in interdisciplinary research into language acquisition; training future researchers (undergraduate students, graduate and postdoctoral); professional development for language teachers in K-12 and the post-secondary system; policy development support for language teaching professionals, policy makers, etc.; and dissemination of research, best practices, and, more generally, information about language acquisition and learning in Canada and abroad.”

While striving to move beyond these perimeters, the LRC will continue to welcome among its members – in addition to the members of the School – interested parties from the greater University of Calgary community as well as stakeholders from Calgary and beyond.

The vision for the LRC in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures, included into the Blueprint for the Creation of the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures from 23 March 2016, will be guiding the LRC’s ongoing transformation during this transition period. Stay with us while this transformation unfolds. We want to hear about your questions, concerns or ideas for events. Your input will help shape the future of the Language Research Centre.

We look forward to seeing you in the Language Research Centre on the fourth floor of Craigie Hall D!