CLP Research Protocol

The Critical Languages Program (CLP) encourages educational research in language learning and teaching. We ask researchers to obtain approval from IRB and the CLP Director before conducting research at CLP to ensure consent from tutors, examiners, and students.

To apply for research access at CLP, please submit the following information to the CLP Director,, at least one month prior to your prospective start date.

In certain circumstances, you will need a site authorization letter from CLP to submit to IRB for final approval. Submit items 1-3 below to the CLP Director to request the initial site authorization letter. For final CLP approval, items 1-4 (including the project IRB approval or exemption notification).

You will be expected to present your findings to the CLP tutors and staff once your study is completed.

  1. Researcher’s name, contact information, and university affiliation.
  2. Title and statement about the purpose of the research and why is should be conducted at CLP.
  3. A short separate summary of the study's objectives and how CLP tutors and/or students might be involved as well as the benefits they may gain from participating. Include proposed dates of data collection and the researcher's contact information.
  4. A copy of approval or exemption from the University of Arizona Human Subjects approving the study. If this is for dissertation research or research that will be published or publicly presented, IRB approval will be needed. Complete all appropriate forms at
  • If this is for a current UA class, include a copy of the course syllabus.
  • Visiting Scholars must complete the process upon arrival on the campus. 


You may commence data collection only after the CLP Director gives final approval and receives a copy of your IRB approval. All applications for IRB approval must be submitted seperately through the UA Office for the Responsible Conduct of Research,


Expectations and Protocols for visiting or observing CLP tutoring sessions

  1. Once you have IRB approval for your study, the CLP Director will notify CLP tutors and staff and students, as appropriate. Tutors who wish to participate will contact the researcher. If not a classroom-based project, the researcher may arrange to meet with the students outside of class to recruit subjects for the study.
  2. Contact tutors in advance to request permission to visit a class. Check in at the CLP main office in Babcock (1717 E. Speedway Blvd., Suite 3312) and plan to arrive at the classroom a few minutes before the class begins and stay until the end. (Visitors after 4pm will need to request building access from the CLP office at least three days prior).
  3. Introduce yourself to the tutor and re-explain the purpose of your visit to him/her before the class begins.
  4. Ask about where to sit and how/when it is best to distribute any necessary handouts or forms. Minimize your class disruptions.
  5. Submit a summary of your findings to both the Director and all participating tutors upon completion of your project.
  6. During the project, it is expected that all procedures (recruitment, data collection, collecting forms, etc.) shall be completed by the researcher and not fall to our tutors or staff.

Contact information for questions: (520) 621-3386

Last updated: 9/13/2023