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Center for Second Language Research (CSLR)

The Center for Second Language Research was established in 1983 as a research unit (then-named the Center for Second Language Classroom Research) of the Department. Since its establishment, CSLR’s work has included research on the learning and use of second and foreign languages in formal and informal settings, curriculum development, and teacher training projects in all areas of second language studies. The Center is administered by the CSLR Director, who is graduate faculty of the Department. Past directors have included, in chronological sequence, Richard Day, Mike Long, Craig Chaudron, Charlene Sato, Karen Watson-Gegeo, Graham Crookes, Kathy Davis, Luca Onnis, and Theres Grüter.

Dr. Nicole Ziegler has been Center Director since Fall 2017.

In the past, the Center has employed degree-seeking graduate students in SLS as research assistants.

National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC)

Under a grant from the U. S. Department of Education that began in 1990, the National Foreign Language Resource Center at UH is the oldest of 15 Language Resource Centers established to improve and enrich foreign language education nationwide. The Center engages in research and materials development projects and conducts summer institutes for language professionals. The Center’s publications division distributes teaching materials, as well as a series of technical and research reports.

The NFLRC usually employs one PhD in SLS student as the managing editor for Language Learning & Technology, an online refereed journal sponsored collaboratively by the NFLRC and the Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University.

Charlene Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole and Dialect Studies (Sato Center)

The Sato Center was established in January 2002. Its aim is to conduct research on pidgin and creole languages as well as stigmatized dialects, with a focus on research that can benefit speakers of such varieties. Co-directed by Dr. Christina Higgins of SLS and Dr. Katie Drager of Linguistics, and with Outreach Cooperator Dr. Kent Sakoda, the Sato Center welcomes local students, faculty, community members, and visiting researchers to use the resources available at the Center, located at TP 101 (temporary portables) behind the Center for Korean Studies. Resources for students can be found at this link: