Welcome! The Anderson Language & Technology Center (ALTEC) offers many resources for graduate students here at the University of Colorado Boulder. Whether you need a place and materials to study and do research, or resources to improve teaching abilities, ALTEC is able to help.


Library and Study Space

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 use. 

Students 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 a place to study for both quiet individual work and group projects. Both Mac and PC desktops are available for student use. Students 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.

Recording Studio

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


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.

Languages at CU

Looking for a specific language? The University of Colorado offers language courses in over 20 different languages. Visit our language at CU page for a list of all the credited courses currently taught at CU as well as language specific resource links. 

Trying to find a language department? Go to our allied programs page to find links to language department pages as well as other programs that support language learning.

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.

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.

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).

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: altec@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.


Interested in joining our team? The Anderson Language & Technology Center employs CU students as well as staff members to help run the library as well as ALTEC's other various functions. Visit our Career Resources page for a full listing of positions.