You just read yet another efficacy study suggesting that a new technology can fit into pedagogical paradigms created for a last-century foreign language class. But in your own research, you want to try a different approach. You'd like to produce a study that would define your field of study and put you and your students at the forefront of that field.
The Language Resource Center will help you discover the resources that will help you research language both in and out of the classroom. Then, we will help you to take research in new directions using the emerging tools and paradigms we employ. Whether it's with qualitative, quantitative, or emerging methods, we can help you find and/or create the research tools you need.
The LRC is able to support (in concert with OIT Research Support) data collection with collection hardware and software, consultation, design, implementation and data management / secure storage.
The LRC supports MFLL researchers using qualitative or quantitative data (in concert with OIT Research Support) with consulting in the use of data analysis software. Currently, we support Atlas.ti , NVivo 9, Transana and a number of transcription packages and accessories. We also provide links to campus resources and services for both qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Computer-Assisted Language Learning
Language learning technology is a primary charge of the LRC and consequently comprises a significant emphasis for our research activities. The LRC is particularly interested in the role of emerging technologies as a means of enhancing language pedagogy through new, nonlinear and post-cognitive frameworks and approaches.
The LRC is especially interested in working with faculty who are engaged in exploring how fields such as ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, discursive psychology, activity theory, and others inform praxis in the physical and virtual realms where language and culture learning are taking place.
The LRC actively pursues both internal and external grants in conjunction with faculty and institutional partners to satisfy a variety of research initiatives.
The LRC attends and hosts a number of important scholarly gatherings and conferences in order to advance work in these areas as well as provide professional development opportunities to MFLL faculty.