Innovation in World Language Teaching and Learning

The Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon supports innovative world language teaching and learning. Our work takes place at the intersection of pedagogy, research, and technology. We develop research-based curricula, professional development resources, and assessments to support infrastructure and innovation. Our work includes an intentional focus on interlanguage pragmatics and social competencies.

Our staff is a multilingual, multinational team working together to support the teaching and learning of world languages.

We Believe:

  • Meaningful communication is the purpose of language learning.
  • Reflective teaching and learning facilitate lifelong discovery and growth.
  • Language learning transforms the lives of learners and those around them.
  • Language is a catalyst for change and enriches the communities in which we live.
  • It is our responsibility to support access to language learning for all.

Language Resource Centers

We are one of sixteen Title VI National Foreign Language Resource Centers across the country. These centers form a national network to support world language education. CASLS and our sister centers create curriculum, offer professional development opportunities, and conduct research on approaches to teaching languages. Download the LRC informational brochure or visit the LRC website to find resources and materials.

Our Advisory Board

The CASLS Advisory Board brings together key stakeholders who provide guidance, advice, and support. Advisory Board members serve three-year terms and meet three times each year. Our Advisory Board members are:

  • Robert Davis, Professor of Spanish, University of Oregon
  • Dennis Galvan, Vice Provost for International Affairs, University of Oregon
  • Jeff Magoto, Director of the Yamada Language Center, University of Oregon
  • Chuck Williams, Associate Vice President for Innovation, University of Oregon

Our History

CASLS began as a group of Japanese teachers in Oregon working on a three-year grant  to support Japanese language instruction. Today, we support all world language teachers and learners.

2018: CASLS Director Dr. Julie Sykes receives the University of Oregon Innovation and Impact Award.

2016: CASLS transitions the Oregon Chinese Flagship Program to the University of Oregon Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

2014: CASLS Associate Director Mandy Gettler receives the University of Oregon Outstanding Officer of Administration Award.

2014: CASLS receives renewed funding to continue as a Title VI Language Resource Center.

2013: CASLS welcomes Dr. Julie Sykes as our director, catapulting us to the forefront of implementing technology in the language classroom.

2012: CASLS joins the University of Oregon Global Studies Institute, which fosters synergies across international projects and units.

2005: CASLS becomes home to the Oregon Chinese Flagship Program, in partnership with Portland Public Schools, through funding provided by the National Security Education Program.

2002: CAJLS receives a Title VI Language Resource Center grant to become the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS).

1997: The Japanese Language Program receives additional funding and becomes the Center for Japanese Language Studies (CAJLS).

1994: Founding Director Carl Falsgraf leads the Japanese Language Project at the Oregon University System, from which CASLS would emerge.