The AELRC, founded in 2014, is directed collaboratively by researchers at Georgetown University, the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), and ACTFL. Dr. Meg Montee, Associate Research Professor at Georgetown, serves as the Director, and Dr. Alison Mackey is the Co-Principal Investigator. 

The AELRC supports innovative foreign language programming through the creation of effective assessment and evaluation tools. The center is currently focusing on the creation of new LCTL assessments in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Ukrainian, the creation of a digital resource library, and the development of robust professional development offerings and resources for world language teachers focused on strengthening their assessment and evaluation practices. Additionally, AELRC researchers plan to conduct a national study of K-16 language program articulation designed to overcome barriers to language study as students transition from high school to higher education. 

This work is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Centers Program.