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The Center for Second Language Studies (CSLS) supports the language programs at Vanderbilt by providing a space for students and teachers to gather and use their target languages as well as to explore the use of various technologies that enhance teaching and learning. The mission of CSLS is to connect our foreign language communities at Vanderbilt through the exchange of ideas and expertise among colleagues from all departments, programs, and centers across campus. In this way, we seek to foster proficiencies in the world languages as well as to develop cultural awareness among students and faculty. We host professional development presentations (Fridays at Three Thirty) and offer ongoing training in the use of digital tools for developing second language proficiency and intercultural awareness. The affiliated faculty participate actively in the professional development of language instructors at all levels.Each year CSLS names a scholar in residence who works on a specific project related to second language development. In addition, CSLS identifies graduate student affiliates who work on projects related to second language learning and teaching.