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University of Southern California Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research

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The Center is an organized research and information dissemination unit at the University of Southern California, facilitating the research collaboration, dissemination and professional development activities of faculty, students, and others across School of Education, university and outside organizational lines. Faculty in the Rossier School of Education developed the USC Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research (CMMR) in the Spring of 1983, as a result of deliberations of the Dean's Task Force for Bilingual Crosscultural Education. The Center has provided a base for those interested in multilingual education, English-as-a second language, and foreign language instruction, multicultural education and related areas; and the opportunity to come together for research and program collaboration.


There are four principal activities the Center has strived for: (1) research; (2) publications; (3) training; and (4) public service.


Current Faculty and CMMR Research Associates have engaged in research interests covering numerous areas including but not limited to: language and literacy acquisition; bilingualism and biliteracy; language proficiency testing; integrating language and content instruction in the classroom; non-mainstream dialects of English; teaching, learning and schooling in social context; teacher education; language and literacy in the workplace; minority teacher recruitment and retention; language policy and planning, and literacies acquisition including multimedia literacy through global learning networks.