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In Memoriam: Charles J. Fillmore
CAL is saddened by the passing of our valued colleague and friend, Charles J. Fillmore. A renowned scholar and linguist, Dr. Fillmore was professor emeritus of linguistics at UC Berkeley, the founder of the FrameNet Project at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, and a former member of CAL’s Board of Trustees. He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Read the memorial page on the UC Berkeley website.
February 2014

Revamped CAL Store Launched
CAL has revamped the CAL Store website to enhance online security and our order management and fulfillment services through a new partnership with an ecommerce management company. We are committed to making this change as easy and seamless as possible for our customers. We have developed a web page that provides more details. Learn more.
February 2014

CAL 2014 Institutes: 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.

Learn more about each institute and register.
January 2014

Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice New!
This timely and comprehensive publication provides a state-of-the-art overview of major issues related to heritage, community, and Native American languages in the United States, providing a foundational perspective on how these languages are learned and used in a variety of contexts and outlining the importance of drawing on these languages as valuable national resources. Learn more.
January 2014

SOPA Online Training Courses – Registration Now Open
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).

Registration is open for the Moderated Introduction to the SOPA, Moderated Introduction to SOPA – Chinese, and Rating the SOPA – Chinese online courses.
Learn more and register.
January 2014

Dr. Terrence Wiley Honored by AAAL
The American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) has awarded Dr. Terrence Wiley, President and CEO of CAL, the 2014 Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award for his contributions to the field of applied linguistics and to AAAL. Congratulations to Dr. Wiley!

Visit the AAAL website to learn more.
January 2014

Implementing the Common Core for English Learners: Responses to Common Questions
Many educators have questions about integrating the Common Core State Standards into content area curricula for English learners. This new brief, designed for practitioners, provides information and answers based on CAL’s practical experience and academic expertise on language learning and English learners. Learn more.
October 2013

In Memoriam: Mike Grover, Multilingual Matters
CAL is saddened by the passing of our valued colleague and friend, Mike Grover, founder of Multilingual Matters. His vision and commitment to language learning and equity were unequalled and he will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Read tributes to Mike Grover by Colin Baker and Terrence Wiley.
October 2013

Join CAL this December: Professional Development Opportunities in
Washington, DC

CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical hands-on tools, and help you develop classroom activities that target the academic language demands of the Common Core State Standards.

  • SIOP Training of Trainers
    December 9-12, 2013

  • Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners
    – Grades K-12

    December 13, 2013

Visit our website to learn more and register.
September 2013

CAL – American University Fall Workshop: Towards Pedagogies of Translingual Practice
Led by Dr. Suresh Canagarajah
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
American University, Washington, DC

About the workshop. As scholars conceptualize multilingual competence in new ways, a term coming into prominence is translingual practice. The term helps us consider languages as always coming into contact, generating new forms and meanings through their synergy. In this workshop, we will analyze transcripts of classroom interactions and literacy practices to consider the ways in which a translingual competence can be developed among students. We will also discuss questions relating to the social and educational appropriateness of these pedagogical approaches.

About the workshop leader. Suresh Canagarajah is a professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies at Penn State University. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, and he specializes in World Englishes, Rhetoric and Composition, and Critical Pedagogy. An avid researcher, Dr. Canagarajah has published extensively, including numerous journal articles and five books.

This event is open to the public and requires registration and payment.

Visit the AU website to learn more and register.
September 2013

Conference Update

CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the WIDA 2013 National Conference in October. Look for our table.

WIDA 2013 National Conference
Language Learner Success: Building on Strengths
October 17-19, 2013
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CAL is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the WIDA 2013 National Conference.

Learn more and register.

View CAL staff presentations at the WIDA conference.
September 2013

Evaluation Services
CAL offers evaluation and program design services to schools, districts, and other institutions that are planning or implementing programs for language learners. CAL’s services are rooted in research-based tools and approaches, and are tailored to meet your needs.
Learn more.
July 2013

SOPA Online Training Courses – Fall 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 now open through October 16, 2013, for the Moderated Introduction to the SOPA and the Moderated Introduction to the SOPA - Chinese online courses. Courses will open on August 15, 2013, and must be completed by November 30, 2013.
Learn more and register.
July 2013

CAL’s Two Way Immersion Directory – Updates in Progress
CAL has re-opened its Two-Way Immersion Directory to continue to gather information about dual language and two-way immersion programs around the country. It is important to include all programs in order to comprehensively promote bilingual, dual language, and two-way immersion education with policy makers and stakeholders.

Please help us keep the directory current by adding or updating your program.

Learn more and connect to the TWI directory.
July 2013

ILTA Best Article Award
CAL staff members Dorry M. Kenyon and David MacGregor are among the recipients of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) Best Article Award. This award is given annually for an article that makes a significant contribution to the field of language testing. The winning article, “Issues in Vertical Scaling of a K-12 English Language Proficiency Test,” also includes authors Dongyang Li, who was an intern at CAL when he contributed to this article, and H. Gary Cook. It appeared in the July 2011 issue of the journal Language Testing (Vol. 28, No. 3).

Visit the ILTA website to learn more.
June 2013

New CAL-WIDA Website Launched
This new website provides information about CAL-WIDA collaborative activities and provides links to useful information from both organizations. Much of the focus of the website is in the assessment arena, where CAL combines its applied linguistics knowledge, commitment to linguistically diverse students, long and rich experience in language testing, and computerized testing expertise to help WIDA produce exceptional assessments of English language proficiency for national and international use. Browse the new website.
June 2013

The GO TO Strategies: Scaffolding Options for Teachers of English Language
Learners, K-12

CAL provided professional development and technical assistance focused on better preparing faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education and teachers in North Kansas City Schools to provide effective instruction to English language learners. The GO TO Strategies, an outcome of the project, is available for free download. Learn more.
June 2013

Welcome to the United States: Refugee Resettlement Welcome Package
The Welcome package includes Welcome to the United States: A Guidebook for Refugees (English) and Welcome to the United States: Refugee Guide to Resettlement Orientation Video (DVD, English).

Developed to provide refugees with information to help them adjust to life in the United States, these resources are also of interest to new immigrants, service providers, and receiving communities. Versions of the Welcome package in Arabic, Burmese, and Nepali are coming soon. Learn more.
June 2013

New CAL SIOP Website Launched
CAL SIOP has launched its new website designed to provide improved navigation and highlight the rich variety of SIOP resources available for educators. Ongoing work to expand content on the new website is underway.

Browse the new website.
May 2013

Free Webinar: Financial Literacy Materials for Adults With Limited English Reading Proficiency
May 30, 2013, 2:00-3:00pm EDT

Please join Deborah Kennedy and Miriam Burt of the Center for Applied Linguistics and Jennifer Leach of the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection at this free 60-minute webinar. The presenters will share free, downloadable, instructional, and informational materials for practitioners working with adult learners with low literacy in English – both native and non-native English speakers. These materials can be used in classrooms, in one-on-one tutoring, or even by students themselves working online. This webinar is intended for all interested persons who have the instructional and informational financial literacy needs of adults in mind.

To learn more, register, and post a comment to the pre-activity discussion thread, visit the LINCS Community website.

View a sample resource for discussion.
May 2013

Language Immersion Education in Minnesota

View a video on the role of language immersion education in Minnesota featuring CAL Trustee Fred Genesee and CAL Senior Fellow Donna Christian. Visit the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) website to learn more and watch the video.
April 2013

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.
March 2013

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
March 2013

Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference
September 5 - 7, 2013
University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

CAL is a proud sponsor of this international conference focusing on language policy and planning. Learn more.
March 2013

WIDA 2013 National Conference
Language Learner Success: Building on Strengths October 17-19, 2013
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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.
March 2013

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