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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been awarded a $625,000 grant to establish the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (LFTIC) within the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature. The funding marks the beginning of an unprecedented effort to improve technology integration in The Language Flagship Program.

“This award recognizes the global stature of UH Mānoa and provides more evidence of the success of Hawaiʻi’s research university in competing for federal support to advance national and local priorities” said UH President David Lassner. “More personally, as someone who started my career working with what was then the leading networked information system for education, I couldn’t be prouder of our LFTIC team for their commitment to leverage today’s advanced information technologies to serve our students and our nation.”

LFTIC will identify and develop best practices for effective language teaching and learning and create a comprehensive plan to integrate technology through The Language Flagship, a national program for undergraduates. Students of The Language Flagship program develop linguistic proficiency and cultural literacy, becoming the next generation of global professionals, which is critical to U.S. competitiveness and national security.

LFTIC will better foreign language education and technology initiatives at all levels, expanding beyond those at universities or those impacted by The Language Flagship program, by convening relevant expertise from the private and public sectors. Chief among its goals is to improve teaching and enhance learning.

Languages, Linguistics and Literature (LLL) Dean Jeffrey Carroll notes that this milestone award acknowledges the breadth and depth of expertise the college has within its faculty and staff. “I am pleased that LLL is playing a major role in these important efforts,” he said.

Julio C Rodríguez and Madeline K. Spring will lead the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center. The award is provided by the U.S. Department of Defense. To schedule an interview with them, please contact Leon Potter at (808) 956-5121 or