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Center for Biographical Research

The Center for Biographical Research (CBR) is dedicated to the interdisciplinary and multicultural study of life writing. CBR programs include teaching, publication, and outreach activities.

In conjunction with the Department of English, CBR offers thesis advising for PhD and MA projects, and awards the Biography Prize annually for work in life writing by a UH Manoa graduate student. The Department of English also offers a number of graduate and undergraduate courses in life writing. A BA program in biography is offered through the Intedisciplinary Studies Program.

CBR publishes Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, the premier scholarly journal in the field. Appearing continuously since 1968, Biography explores the theoretical, historical, generic, and cultural dimensions of life writing. CBR also sponsors the Biography Monograph series, a book publishing enterprise designed to further the study and practice of life writing in all its forms.

CBR maintains a library and resource collection and has hosted, since 1988, the public lecture series Brown Bag Biography, part of the center's commitment to supporting and publicizing contributions to life writing. CBR is a founding partner of Biography Hawai'i, a television documentary series that focuses on residents whose lives have had a lasting impact on these islands. The center also hosts iaba-l@hawaii.edu, he listserve and discussion forum for the International Auto/Biography Association.

Language Learning Center

The Language Learning Center (LLC) located in Moore Hall provides technical and instructional support services to enhance language teaching and learning in the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature. The center facilitates research and development projects and the implementation of innovative language teaching methods and approaches.

LLC's Multimedia Computer Labs consist of a Macintosh Lab, a PC Lab, and a Digital Language Lab. The PC Lab consists of 25 Windows XP PCs and the Macintosh Lab consists of 15 OS X Mac Minis and an additional 6 Windows XP PCs. All the computers have high speed access to the internet and are networked to a central file server for file serving across both labs. They are also configured with software for a host of languages, including non-Roman script Asian languages. Both labs are equipped with a high speed printer and an LCD projection system. The two labs are available for drop-in use by students, and for class sessions. The Digital Language Lab, consisting of 12 Windows XP PCs, is available for drop-in use by students specifically for language audio listening and voice recording. In addition to the Digital Language Lab, the LLC distributes audio course materials to students on CD.

A Faculty Development Lab facilitates faculty projects to integrate technology into teaching. Through consultation, training, and support, LLC staff enables faculty to enrich their course delivery through technology-enhanced instruction. The lab is also used for professional development workshops for faculty and staff. This lab is equipped with 13 Windows XP PCs and 1 Mac Mini OS X computer that are specifically configured for multimedia development and desktop publishing and has a high speed color laser printer with auto duplexing for double-sided printing.

The center's facilities also include broadcast-standard video and audio production suites. Additional facilities include language laboratories, a web-conferencing meeting room, and multi-purpose media rooms. A variety of audio-visual equipment is available for check out. The LLC also regularly hosts national and international events sponsored by various units in the college. Visit the website at llc.manoa.hawaii.edu.

Second Language Teaching and Curriculum Center

The Second Language Teaching and Curriculum Center was established in 1988 with the broad mission of improving language instruction in the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, and facilitating cooperative efforts among departments. The center coordinates professional development programs, provides curriculum and materials development services to departments, supports faculty research and development projects, and conducts outreach activities to support Hawai'i's language-teaching community.

National Foreign Language Resource Center

Drawing on UH Manoa's strengths in foreign language teaching, applied linguistics, and second language acquisition, the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) undertakes projects that focus primarily on the less commonly taught languages of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. However, many of the projects have implications for the teaching and learning of all languages, and the overriding goal of all our projects is to develop prototypes for language professionals to apply broadly as resources to improve foreign language education nationally. The Hawai'i NFLRC, established in 1990, is the oldest of only fifteen U.S. DOE-funded Language Resource Centers in the nation. Visit our website at nflrc.hawaii.edu.