Innovation in World Language Teaching and Learning

The Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon fosters innovation in world language teaching and learning by providing research-based solutions to materials creation, program implementation, and evaluation and assessment. CASLS is one of sixteen National Foreign Language Resource Centers that work to increase the nation’s capacity for language teaching and learning.

Our staff represents a diverse group of multilingual people working together toward the mission of improving the teaching and learning of world languages. Our staff’s expertise has helped the center become nationally recognized in the intersection of technology and language learning.

Our Values

  • Everyone has the ability to learn a second language and should be provided with that opportunity.
  • Meaningful communication is the purpose of language learning.
  • Teachers and learners play a vital role in language learning.

Language Resource Centers

CASLS is one of sixteen Language Resource Centers across the country that create a national network of resources to promote and improve the teaching and learning of world languages. LRCs create language learning and teaching materials, offer professional development opportunities, and conduct and disseminate research on language learning. 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 across campus and the national language learning community. Convened by the Vice Provost for International Affairs Dennis Galvan, the Advisory Board provides guidance, advice, and support. Advisory Board members serve three-year terms and meet at least once during each academic term. The 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 program to improve Japanese language instruction. Today, CASLS supports all world language teachers across the country so that they can best serve their students.

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

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

2003: CAJLS receives a Title VI Language Resource Center grant to become the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS).

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.

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

2013: CASLS establishes an Advisory Board consisting of key stakeholders in the language learning community.

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

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