Sarah Boutin and Ellen Hart

Sarah Boutin and Ellen Hart

In 1990, the Department of Education established the first Language Resource Centers (LRCs) at universities in response to the growing national need for expertise and competence in foreign languages. Today, Title VI of the Higher Education Act supports sixteen National Foreign Language Recourse Centers (NFLRCs), creating a network of resources to promote and support the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

Two NCVirtual educators have been instrumental in the program. Ellen Hart, our world language instructional director, has served as the Project Advisor to the NFLRC Online Language Pedagogy Webinar Series since 2015. “NCVirtual world language teachers have been able to promote our best practices for how to teach a world language in an online environment,” Hart said.

Sarah Boutin, a conversation coaches instructional leader and Japanese language instructor, has worked on webinar post-production and hosted watch parties. “Traditionally we’ve held live webinars and had some expert online language instructors share stories, experiences and best practices with attendees,” Boutin said. “I am very lucky to be involved. Novice and veteran language teachers in the online, face to face and hybrid classrooms can learn from the best and try new strategies to make the learning experience even better for students.”

NFLRC creates language learning and teaching materials, offers professional development opportunities for teachers and instructors, and conducts and disseminate research on foreign language learning.

Thank you, Ellen and Sarah, for your contributions to the program!