The Center for Second Language Reserach (CSLR) functions as a hub and catalyst for basic and applied research that falls in the interests of the Second Language Studies faculty. The primary goal is to enhance the ability of the department to secure extramural funding. Funding is sought in order to:
(a) carry out fundamental research that answers the most urgent and pertinent questions about learning, teaching, and reviving languages; (b) provide opportunities for students to train in basic and applied research; (c) extend the research facilities available in the department.
The notion of Center as ‘hub’ specifies its roles played within the department, the university, and outside.
CSLR and the Department
The Center is located in 246 Moore Hall, and can house research assistants funded by external grants. The various strands of research and interests of the faculty have the potential to be enhanced by extramural funding.
Research stimulation and training: To stimulate students and faculty to engage in research, the Center disseminates updated information on grant funding possibilities to faculty and students via an online database. It also provides other resources for research on language. Currently, the Center is in the process of organizing a workshop on grant writing for faculty and PhD students, and sponsors lectures by experts outside the university.
CSLR and the University
The Center strives to form connections with other research units and researchers interested in language and learning within the University. Given the multifaceted aspects of language learning and daily use, and its cognitive, social, and political dimensions, the Center seeks to promote collaborations outside the SLS Department.
CSLR and the World
The Center director has ongoing established collaborations across the US and Europe. Current collaborations include Cornell University, the University of California, Merced, the CNRS in Marseille, France, the University of Trento, Italy, the University of Lancaster, and University College London. Other faculty in the Department have active and intense collaborations. For details visit individual faculty homepages.