Michigan State University leading language learning effort

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State University is leading a multi-university research project to improve the teaching of less commonly taught languages.

The effort is supported by a recently-announced 3-year, $1.2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Faculty from the East Lansing school’s Center for Language Teaching Advancement, or CeLTA, housed in the College of Arts and Letters, will direct the initiative on behalf of the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

The project builds upon CourseShare, developed to boost access to less commonly taught languages. Those involved will develop templates for the online teaching of less common languages, which will be shared among Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions.

Collectively, Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions offer an average of 30 less commonly taught languages.

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