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Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)

The goals of the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Project sponsored by CARLA are to help advance the teaching and learning of LCTLs by: encouraging people to study LCTLs, assisting LCTL teachers in developing high-quality teaching material, and helping LCTL teachers cooperate and communicate.

LCTL_database_mapLocations of Less Commonly Taught Language Programs

Where can you find classes in a less commonly taught language? Search for course offerings at colleges and universities, K-12 programs, distance education courses, study abroad programs, and summer language courses – includes contact information, proficiency levels, availability of courses, and much more. Map your search results by language and by state!

Developing Classroom Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages

Provides both principles and practical guidelines for LCTL teachers of all levels and languages to transform raw materials into activities for the language classroom. Includes a book, a website with videos, and a CARLA summer institute.

Instructional Materials

Sharable material (both raw material and exercises) for a number of languages – includes collections of royalty-free images and audio and video files with suggestions on ways to incorporate these resources into in-class and out-of-class activities.

LCTL Resources

Resources for learning and teaching LCTLs, including listservs for LCTL teachers, a list of LCTL Organizations and "Ask the Experts" – a list of volunteers willing to answer questions about their language(s) of expertise by e-mail.

CARLA Summer Institutes for Language Teachers

Each summer CARLA offers a wide array of professional development opportunities for K-16 language teachers.

CARLA Bibliography

The CARLA bibliography contains more information on publications and presentations by faculty and staff involved in the LCTL project.

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