Louis E. Janus
LCTL Project Director
Louis Janus was the director of
the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)
Project from 1993-2014.
In that role, he managed the mailing
lists the LCTL project sponsors, oversaw the database
listing where LCTLs are taught in North American schools from elementary
to universities and distance education settings, and promoted good teaching
and learning opportunities for LCTLs. He also developed material for the
Virtual Picture Album.
Janus co-taught the CARLA summer institute on LCTL material development from 1999-2013,
and contributed a chapter to the CARLA-sponsored book on the subject.
Janus holds the Ph.D. degree in Germanic Philology from the University of
Minnesota. In addition to his work at CARLA, Janus has been an active teacher
of Norwegian and Scandinavian linguistics, having taught at both St. Olaf
College and the University of Minnesota. He developed and taught a graduate
course in Reading the Scandinavian Languages. This course was taught in
Summer 2003 as an online course. He is the past-President of
NORTANA (the Norwegian Researchers and
Teachers Association of North America) and was the Norwegian Teachers Newsletter
founder and editor as well as the editor of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study's "News & Notes." Janus has authored a grammar book, tapes,
software for learning Norwegian, and was co-author of the lesson-a-day
NorWord mailing list.
Louis Janus retired from CARLA in 2014.
- A.B. 1970. Linguistics, University of Chicago
- M.A. 1972. Scandinavian Linguistics, University of Wisconsin- Madison
- Ph.D. 1994. Germanic Philology, University of Minnesota.
Johnston, B., & Janus, L. (2003, April). Teacher professional development for the Less Commonly Taught Languages[Research Report]. The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Aarsvold, N., Janus, L., & O'Leary, M. H. (2003). KlikkNorsk. CD, Skandisk, Bloomington,
Janus, L. (1999). "An Overview of Less Commonly Taught Languages in
North America." National Association of Secondary School Principals
Bulletin, 84 (1) 25-27.
Janus, L. (1999). Norwegian Verbs and Essentials of Grammar. National
Textbook Company, Lincolnwood, Ill.
Stenson, N. J., Janus, L. E. & Mulkern, A. E. (1998). Report of the
Less Commonly Taught Languages Summit September 20-21, 1996. Minneapolis,
MN: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota.
Janus, L. (1981). Arbeidshefte til Norsk, nordmenn og Norge. The
University of Wisconsin Press [Language workbook and twelve audio tapes, MP3 files].