Welcome! The Anderson Language & Technology Center (ALTEC) is a great resource for language faculty looking for resources to enrich their courses.


Library, Meeting Space, and Classrooms

Our library is home to hundreds of foreign language films, books, magazines, and textbooks in over 20 different languages from all over the globe, which are available for student and faculty use. 

Students and faculty can check out equipment with their Buff OneCard such as microphones, projectors, speakers, batteries, laptops, video cameras, photo cameras, and more. You can search the catalog to see what's available. The library offers students and faculty a place for both quiet individual work and meetings. Both Mac and PC desktops are available for use. Students and faculty may also reserve the tutoring room (Hellems 152B, in the back of the PC Classroom) or the Hellems 159 Cube for a private meeting space. These rooms may be reserved by contacting altec@colorado.edu.

The ALTEC PC and Mac Classrooms are both available for instructor use. If you would like to reserve a space for your class, please see the facilities page for more information and reservation links.

Recording Studio

ALTEC's state of the art recording studio, located in the backroom of ALTEC 152, is available for students and faculty to reserve and use. Contact altec@colorado.edu to set up a time to use the studio.

Instructional Materials 

Assign language exercises from your textbook on our language exercises page. In order to access the material, your students will need a username and password provided by you.

Virtual International Exchange (VIE)

Here at ALTEC, we love the idea of connecting your course with a course abroad through our virtual international exchange program! Feel free to reach out to us at altec@colorado.edu if you are interested in any VIE projects.

Modified Foreign Language Program (MFLP)

The MFLP offers foreign language courses with curricular modifications that are aimed at meeting the needs of students who struggle inordinately with learning a foreign language. For more information about the program and its mission, please visit the MFLP homepage.

Placement Exams 

Students studying a language who have prior knowledge or past coursework must take a language placement exam in order to be appropriately placed in course level. Placement exam information and resources can be found in the placement exam tab of our webpage.

Direct Independent Language Studies (DILS)

For students who may wish to study a language not currently offered in a traditional classroom, there may be an opportunity through the DILS program. Visit our DILS page for more information about the program and offered languages.

Purchasing and Streaming Requests

Language faculty can make instructional materials (DVDs, software, and games) purchase requests through their Program Fees Committee - Department Liaison. Faculty can also request media be streamed for viewing on the course's D2L/Canvas page.

To make a purchase or streaming request, submit the form on the purchase and streaming requests page.

ALTEC Non-Credit Language Classes

ALTEC is pleased to offer non-credit language classes. For more information, visit the non-credit language classes page. You may also contact our media library for further details (altec@colorado.edu 303-492-6292).

Course Redesign Grant

ALTEC offers one grant each year to faculty looking to redesign a foreign language course by integrating educational technologies. To learn more, visit the ALTEC grants page.

SLA Research Resources, Reading Group, and Invited Speakers

Our second language acquisition (SLA) book collection covers a wide variety of angles on teaching and learning, and we encourage input on titles which may have inspired you to use new and innovative teaching practices. If you have a suggestion for our library, please contact us at altec@colorado.edu.

Our program manager leads a reading group on second language acquisition for language faculty and instructors throughout the academic year. We meet monthly to discuss theories and recent trends in second language acquisition. For more information, please contact: Mark Knowles: mark.knowles@colorado.edu, 303-492-2355.

Check out a series of events on Second Language Acquisition and Technology brought to you by ALTEC on our speakers page.

Foreign Language Technology Program

The ALTEC Foreign Language Technology Program is an official University of Colorado non-degree program offering training in the theories of technology integration in the foreign language classroom.

Colorado Proficiency Requirements for Teachers

CU Boulder candidates for secondary teaching licensure for Spanish, French, and Japanese must pass an oral proficiency test as one of the requirements for licensure. For information about required proficiency levels, test formats, and practice please go to the proficiency requirements for teachers page.