In addition to the resources available for students, ALTEC has a number of programs and systems in place designed specifically for foreign language teachers.

The HIVE, Equipment

The HIVE is open in all foreign language faculty and students.

We have an extensive collection of films, textbooks, CDs, software, and audio/video recording equipment. You can search the catalog to see what's available. If an item you wish to use in one of your classes is not currently owned by ALTEC, and is not available in Norlin Library, you may request the library purchase a copy by filling out a Course Material Purchase Request Form.


The ALTEC PC and Mac Classrooms are both available for teacher use.

If you would like to reserve a space for your class please see the Facilities page for more information and reservation links.

Instructors may also reserve the tutoring room (Hellems 152B, in the back of the PC Classroom) for private instruction or for use as a quiet area for office hours. The room may be reserved by contacting the Resource Coordinator (Rebecca Allison:, 303-492-8224).

Media (Film or Audio) Streaming Requests

ALTEC offers all foreign language teachers free media digitizing and online media streaming through Canvas. To stream a film for your class, fill out a Media Streaming Request Form.

References for Your Students

Typing in a Foreign Language

The ALTEC Writing Guides are designed to help teachers move the process of learning to type in a new language outside the classroom. ALTEC provides guides for several different methods ranging from simple copy-paste to full IME (Input Method Editor) manipulation. If you would like to create a new page specifically for your language, please contact us at

Employment Resources

The Career Resources page has been built specifically for current and prospective foreign language students seeking information about finding employment in their field and using their second language.

Professional Development

Non-Credit Language Classes

Are you looking to expand you language skills? If so, you may be interested in participating in one of ALTEC's Language Classes, which run for eight weeks each semester. CU faculty, staff, graduate students, retirees, and spouses are eligible for substantially subsidized tuition rates.

Second Language Acquisition Research Resources

Our book collection covers many angles on teaching and learning, and we encourage input on titles that may have inspired you to use new and innovative teaching practices. If you have a suggestion for our collection in The HIVE, please contact us at If you are a language instructor at CU Boulder, you can fill out a Course Material Purchase Request Form.

Colorado Proficency Requirements for Teachers

CU Boulder candidates for secondary teaching licensure in 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 select the language you wish to teach, see the following links:

Recommended Reading for Langauge Teachers

  • Dörnyei, Zoltán, and Ema Ushioda. Motivation, Language Identity and the L2 Self. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, 2009. Print.
  • Ellis, Rod, Shawn Loewen, Catherine Elder, Rosemary Erlam, Jenefer Philp, and Hayo Reinders. Implicit and Explicit Knowledge in Second Language Learning, Testing and Teaching. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, 2009. Print.
  • Freeman, Donald, and Jack C. Richards. Teacher Learning in Language Teaching. Cambridge England: Cambridge UP, 1996. Print.
  • Kramsch, Claire J. The Multilingual Subject: What Foreign Language Learners Say about Their Experience and Why It Matters. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. Print.
  • Ray, Blaine, and Contee Seely. Fluency through TPR Storytelling: Achieving Real Language Acquisition in School. Berkeley, CA: Command Performance Language Institute, 1998. Print.
  • Senior, Rose M. The Experience of Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006. Print. 
  • Lanuage Learning and Technology (refereed journal)