Previous Research

For over twenty years, CASLS has supported world language teaching and learning. Our projects span curriculum, assessment, research, and direct student instruction. Although our funding doesn’t always provide us with the opportunity to maintain the projects, we continue to allow access to the materials created and information discovered.

Chinese Immersion
CASLS’ ethnography study examines the historical development of the K-16 Chinese dual immersion program at Portland Public Schools (PPS), sets forth key components of the PPS model that other districts may replicate, and examines catalysts and disruptors to the language immersion model.

Community College Connection
CASLS, the University of Oregon Department of Romance Languages, and Lane Community College (LCC) worked together to align language curriculum across the two colleges. The articulation project helps ensure students can seamlessly transfer from one institution to another.

Roadmap to Language Excellence
 CASLS convened a forum of leaders in education, business, and government to determine the skills language learners need to become successful. Members of these sectors shared their perspectives and identified ways to work together to shape world language learning.

Elements of Successful Programs
CASLS partnered with the New Jersey Department of Education to document how to most efficiently achieve optimal student outcomes and thus create successful language programs. CASLS’ research explored how program model and student factors such as socioeconomic status and race impact language learning. With this data, New Jersey policy makers formulated concrete plans for improving world language education across the state.