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The State of Applied Linguistics: Preliminary Results of a Nationwide Survey
What is being taught and learned in applied linguistics programs? What is the future of the field of applied linguistics? These are some of the critical questions being addressed by a CAL-funded survey of the state of applied linguistics. CAL staff are currently surveying faculty members and graduate students in applied linguistics and its subfields (e.g., Teaching English as a Second Language, second language studies) and will be presenting preliminary results at the Association of Applied Linguistics annual conference in Dallas in March.
Graduate students and faculty members in the field of applied linguistics are welcome to complete the survey. Furthermore, please forward the links to these surveys (provided in the link below) to any of your colleagues in the field–student or faculty. Broad participation is key to the generalizability of our findings. Learn more.
Assessment Needs Surveys
The Center for Applied Linguistics is conducting online survey research on the assessment needs of language teacher educators and second language acquisition (SLA) researchers. This research seeks to define the current assessment knowledge and practices of language teacher educators and SLA researchers. We also hope to identify their needs and hopes for future resources that would provide assessment information and training.
CAL welcomes your contributions to this research and invites you to complete one or both of these surveys. The surveys are voluntary and anonymous, and will take about 15 minutes to complete. If you are interested in participating, please click on the appropriate link below. Each link will take you directly to the related survey.
Assessment Needs Survey: Language Teacher Educators
Assessment Needs Survey: Second Language Acquisition Researchers
Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference
CAL is a proud sponsor of this international conference focusing on language policy and planning. Learn more.
WIDA 2013 National Conference
WIDA's annual conference will provide PreK through grade 12 educators of language learners opportunities for professional development, idea sharing, relationship building, and strategic collaboration. The theme for the 2013 Conference is Language Learner Success: Building on Strengths. This directly ties into WIDA's CAN DO philosophy, which emphasizes the assets, contributions, and potential of linguistically diverse students. Topics are expected to encompass four broad areas: academic language and literacy; effective instructional practices; program management, and; national initiatives. CAL is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the WIDA 2013 Conference. Learn more.
Professional Development Opportunities in Washington, DC
CAL is continuing to expand its successful series of professional development institutes focusing on key issues for educators. CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools to help you develop effective classroom activities, including meeting the demands of the Common Core State Standards. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about each institute and register.
Visit our website to learn more and register.
SIOP in Action: Instructional Videos Featuring Complete SIOP Lessons at Three Grade Levels New!
Three videos, available on one DVD with a companion viewers’ guide, illustrate three SIOP lessons at different grade levels: second grade, eighth grade, and high school/GED. Designed to deepen understanding of SIOP Model implementation at the classroom level and to support professional development initiatives, these videos are also used in CAL SIOP professional development workshops and online learning.
Learn more and watch a video clip.
SOPA Online Training Courses Set for February 2013
CAL offers innovative oral proficiency assessment instruments designed to allow young students to demonstrate their highest level of performance in oral fluency and listening comprehension. SOPA Online Training courses teach participants how to administer and rate students' oral language using the SOPA (Student Oral Proficiency Assessment) or the ELLOPA (Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment).
Registration is open for the February Moderated Introduction to the SOPA and Rating the SOPA online courses.
Learn more and register.
Assessment for Language Instructors: The Basics
CAL is offering a free online training course that teaches world language instructors about the fundamentals of assessment.
The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
This comprehensive reference work covers the highly diverse field of applied linguistics and is available online or as a 10-volume print set from the publisher, John Wiley and Sons. Bringing together historic and emerging areas of research within applied linguistics, the encyclopedia includes over 1,100 entries written by an international team of scholars from over 40 counties, including contributions from CAL staff and board members.
Browse the encyclopedia at the Wiley Online Library.
CREATE Project Update
The CREATE team is pleased to announce the launch of an archival website that makes available information and downloadable resources from the CREATE project.
The revamped website provides an overview of the multi-year program of research and describes individual research projects and a school-wide CREATE intervention. The website also includes summaries and resources from annual CREATE-sponsored conferences and provides access to publications and resources, including the downloadable CREATE Briefs and lesson materials.
With the end of this important 7-year project, the website is now considered historical in nature and will no longer be updated.
View the enhanced CREATE website.
New CREATE Brief Available
Effective Practices for Increasing the Achievement of English Learners
This research brief highlights two schools’ efforts to improve the achievement of their students using the SIOP Model. These schools, one elementary and one secondary, have seen significant improvement in the performance of their English learners through the use of the SIOP Model of instruction, an approach that addresses both academic language development and access to content. The brief outlines how each school has implemented the model and supported teachers through job-embedded professional development.
Read the brief online or download the PDF.
National Consortium of Language Program Databases
National Consortium of Language Program Databases
The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, working under the auspices of the STARTALK project, has established the National Consortium of Language Program Databases hosted by CAL. The Consortium is pleased to launch the prototype for the Online Language Programs Directory as part of CAL’s work for the STARTALK project. Visitors to the website can search the directory for snapshot data from two of the Consortium partners, providing a proof-of-concept for possible future activities. Learn more.
New CREATE Brief Now Available
CREATE: A Comprehensive Model for Instruction of Academic Language and Literacy in the Content Areas
This brief outlines a systematic school-wide intervention that consistently integrates content knowledge and language and literacy development in content area curricula. The brief first describes the elements of the intervention, including implementation, professional development, and coaching support in critical content areas. It then explains the instructional implications for teachers and administrators.
Read the brief online or download the PDF.
Hot Topics in ELL Education Institute
Join CAL in Washington, DC, for 3 days focused on key issues facing educators working with English language learners. Hot topics featured in this institute will include oral language and vocabulary development, and skills and strategies for math and science instruction. Learn more.
Training of Trainers Institute on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
This institute is designed for specialists who provide professional development to educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners. Spend 3 days in Washington, DC, at our What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? training of trainers institute. Learn more.
Arabic Oral Proficiency: A Guide for Students
This free online tutorial helps high school and university-level students of Arabic understand and improve their oral proficiency. It teaches students how oral proficiency is rated according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines so that they can self-assess and set language learning goals. The tutorial features authentic examples of students speaking Arabic at different levels, tips and resources to improve oral proficiency, and student descriptions of their experiences being assessed and then using their Arabic to communicate abroad. View this new online resource.
Heritage Language Education Resources: Dissertation and Thesis Abstracts
Two resources containing comprehensive lists of dissertation and thesis abstracts on the topics of heritage language education and Spanish heritage language education are now available. These resources are a collaborative effort between the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC, and the National Heritage Language Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Learn more about the Spanish heritage language education dissertation and thesis abstract collection.
CAL Expert Supports Exemplary Bilingual Program in Federal Court
Dr. Beatriz Arias, Associate Vice President for Development at CAL, offered expert testimony in support of the exemplary bilingual education program at Elgin Area School District U-46 in Chicago, which has been defending itself against a lawsuit in federal court stemming from redistricting changes that started during the 2004-2005 school year. Dr. Arias testified that the Elgin school district’s bilingual program can serve as a model for other districts for their professional development plans. The curriculum for teachers and handbook for parents of English learners exemplify the district’s commitment to providing principals, teachers, and parents consistent information that helps to ensure a quality program for students.
New CREATE Brief Now Available
Using Literacy Coaching to Promote the Teaching and Learning of English Learners in Content Areas
Separate and Not Equal: The Implementation of Structured English Immersion in Arizona’s Classrooms
This article for the Teachers College Record addresses Arizona’s Structured English Immersion (SEI) four-hour model and the negative implications for English language learners. Students, who are subjected to a prescriptive model that has resulted from a convergence of major laws, mandates, and policy decisions of the past decade, are faced with receiving an education unequal to that of their mainstream peers. CAL contributors include Terrence Wiley and M. Beatriz Arias
CAL is saddened by the passing of our cherished colleague and friend, Dora Johnson, on June 26, 2012. Dora joined CAL in 1964 and was at the heart of many of our activities for 45 years. She will be profoundly missed by all whose lives she touched.
Spanish Literacy Institute:
Teaching Academic Language, Reading, Writing, and Content Concepts in Grades K-8
Lenguaje académico, lectoescritura, y desarrollo del conocimiento en los grados K-8
Join CAL at this summer institute designed for educators who provide instruction in Spanish. Featured presenters, Dr. Margarita Calderón, Dr. María N. Trejo, and Ms. Guadalupe Espino, will share research-based strategies and practical tools for teaching academic language and literacy in Spanish. The institute will also address the Common Core State Standards through Spanish instruction. CAL presenters Drs. Julie Sugarman and M. Beatriz Arias will provide guidance on developing effective bilingual programs. Learn more and register.
Mark Your Calendars for the 2012 CREATE Conference
English Learners in Content Area Classes: Teaching for Achievement in the
Middle Grades. Visit the CREATE website.
Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners
In this article prepared for the Colorín Colorado! website, Jennifer Himmel, CAL SIOP Manager, provides an overview of how to use language objectives in content-area instruction for English learners. Read the article.
Development and Validation of Extract the Base: An English Derivational Morphology Test for Third Through Fifth Grade Monolingual Students and Spanish-Speaking English Language Learners
This study, published in the journal Language Testing, describes the development and validation of the Extract the Base test, which assesses derivational morphological awareness. Scores on this test were validated for 580 monolingual students and 373 Spanish-speaking English language learners in third through fifth grade. CAL contributors include Valerie Malabonga, Dorry Kenyon, Mohammed Louguit, and Diane August. Read the article.
Preparing Pre-service Teachers to Work With English Learners
The theme of the spring 2012 issue of AccELLerate!, NCELA’s quarterly review, is Preparing Pre-service Teachers to Work With English Learners. An article by CAL staff members Lisa Tabaku and Betty Smallwood, “The Development of a Framework to Integrate Content with ELP Standards,” discusses frameworks that may assist teacher educators in preparing teachers to differentiate instruction for English learners. Read the article.
Institutes on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners–Summer 2012
CAL’s experienced staff specializes in using research-based, effective practices to improve educational outcomes for preK-12 English language learners. Spend 3 days in Washington, DC, at one of our What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? institutes. We can also work with you to offer these and other services at your location. Learn more.
Introducing CAL's Hot Topics in ELL Education Professional Development Series
Hot Topics in ELL Education–Summer 2012 Institute
Join CAL's experienced professional development staff in Washington, DC for 3 days focused on three key issues facing educators working with English language learners. Hot topics featured in our summer 2012 institute will include oral language proficiency, academic language, and sheltering math and science instruction.
New Website for English for Heritage Language Speakers
TIRF 2012 Doctoral Dissertation Grants Competition Announced
Qatar Foundation Announces Dora Johnson Scholarship at ACTFL 2011
Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction
Newcomer Report Now Available: Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond
Materials From the 2011 CREATE Conference Now Available: Educating Middle School English Language Learners for College and
New CREATE Brief Now Available Online: The SIOP Model: A Professional Development Framework for a Comprehensive School-Wide Intervention
Introducing the BEST Plus Test: USB Format
Directory of Foreign Language Immersion Programs in U.S. Schools: Update Complete
SOPA Online Training Courses Set for January 2012
Registration is open for the January Moderated Introduction to the SOPA and Rating the SOPA online courses.
Assessment Literacy for Language Educators
Report From 2011 ACTFL-CEFR Conference now Available Online:
The Elements of Proficiency: An Emerging Consensus for Language Assessment
CREATE Brief: Improving Reading Across Subject Areas With Word Generation
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2011 Annual Convention
3rd International Conference on Language, Education, and Diversity (LED 2011)
Heritage Languages and Social Cohesion Conference
Joy Peyton will join a panel discussion to address the field of research today and how heritage language teaching and learning can address issues of social cohesion.
Workshop Spotlight: Multiculturalism in the Classroom
New CREATE Brief Now Available Online
Immersion Education: Practices, Policies, Possibilities
Chinese as a Heritage Language: Fostering Rooted World Citizenry
Directory of Foreign Language Immersion Programs in U.S. Schools: Update Underway
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum
American Voices: How Dialects Differ From Coast to Coast
EL/Civics Online: Integrating EL/Civics Into Adult ESL Classrooms
Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource – PDF Now Available
Words Were All We Had: Becoming Biliterate Against the Odds
Developing Oral Proficiency of Adults Learning English
Resources for Practitioners Working With Adult English Language Learners
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