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Research Organizations

Researching the many issues involved with language education is an important aspect of TIRF’s mission. To that end, we have been featuring information in our monthly newsletter, TIRF Today, about research organizations around the world. This section of our site provides a brief profile of information about those organizations we have highlighted since the beginning of 2012.

Click the names of any of the organizations listed below to learn more.

The Action Research Center for Language Education (ARCLE) in Japan assists learners and teachers of English as a foreign language by gathering data related to English education.
The Research and Validation department at Cambridge English Language Assessment carries out research projects related to its examinations and provides evidence of their validity.
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)is one of the US Department of Education’s Title VI National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages.
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) works to improve communication through the better understanding of language and culture. CAL has earned a national and international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual education, English as a second language, literacy, foreign language education, and more.
The Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL) at the University of Warwick, UK, was founded in 1983 as the Centre for English Language Teacher Education. Since then, its focus has broadened to include teaching, training, and research in the fields of intercultural communication and discourse analysis.
CERLLconducts research on teaching, learning, curricula, assessment, and policies related to education in languages and literacies in schools as well as in adult education, work, and community contexts.
The Centre for Internationalisation & Parallel Language Use (CIP) at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) works to create a professional and practical foundation to support the University’s parallel language policy.
The Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA) at the University of Bedfordshire is a research center focused on language proficiency and language assessment.
Educational Testing Service is the largest nonprofit educational research organization in the world. The ETS mission is to support equity and quality in education for people by providing assessments, learning tools, and services built on our rigorous research.
Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany offers systematic and structured support for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in a team environment.
The LTRC engages in a broad range of projects. Some are commissioned and others are grant-funded.
MUSE International is a research group that studies the use of materials in actual language classrooms. Members include researchers, language teachers, and materials writers interested in the intended and unintended impacts of instructional materials on classroom language teaching and learning.
The Regional Language Centre (RELC) is a well-recognized language teacher education center set up by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).