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
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
December 3-5, 2012
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
November 12-14, 2012
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.
about the heritage language education dissertation and thesis abstract collection.
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
This brief describes the literacy coaching that was provided as part of the CREATE research project aimed at improving the teaching and learning of English learners in seventh-grade content areas. Coaching was intended to extend professional development and increase teacher capacity through multiple layers of support that included lesson demonstrations, observations with feedback, and guided teacher reflection and goal setting.
Read the brief online or download the PDF.
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
Read the full article.
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.
Read more about Dora’s life and career.
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
August 1-3, 2012
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
October 18-19, 2012
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
Training of Trainers Institute: June 6-8, 2012
Direct Strategies Institute: July 11-13, 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
CAL is pleased to introduce Hot Topics in ELL Education, our new professional development series designed to address critical issues in ELL education. Each workshop uses authentic classroom videos and a workbook with practical strategies for teachers to help English language learners succeed in the classroom. The first offering in the series is Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development. Learn more.
Hot Topics in ELL Education–Summer 2012 Institute
Hot Topics Summer Institute: June 27-29, 2012
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.
Learn more and register.
New Website for English for Heritage Language Speakers
CAL, working with its partner Georgetown University, has developed and launched a new logo and website for the English for Heritage Language Speakers Program. The new site brings together the material that was contained in the earlier CAL EHLS and Georgetown EHLS sites, presenting everything in an easy-to-navigate format designed to appeal to potential applicants to the program. The launch is timely, since recruiting for the 2013 program iteration has just begun.
Visit the new EHLS website.
TIRF 2012 Doctoral Dissertation Grants Competition Announced
The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is seeking applications from qualified doctoral candidates for proposals related to TIRF's research priorities. Awards are funded up to $5,000 and are open to students in doctoral programs from around the world. The deadline is May 14, 2012.
To learn more, visit the TIRF website.
Qatar Foundation Announces Dora Johnson Scholarship at ACTFL 2011
A new scholarship program in honor of Dora Johnson, who retired from CAL in 2009 after almost 45 years of service, was announced by the Qatar Foundation at the 2011 ACTFL Annual Convention. A dozen teachers of Arabic were awarded this scholarship, which provided them with a travel allowance so they could attend ACTFL, many for the first time. CAL is pleased to have Dora’s contributions in the field of Arabic language education acknowledged.
Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction
This new edition of CAL SIOP's professional development manual is designed to assist teacher educators, staff developers, and leaders at the school, district, and state levels as they prepare teachers of English language learners to use the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model or its adapted version, the Two-Way SIOP Model. By incorporating these instructional models in their classroom, teachers can improve the language proficiency and grade-level content knowledge of their linguistically and culturally diverse students. Learn more.
Newcomer Report Now Available: Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond
This report, based on a 3-year national research study funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, has been written for educators and policy makers to focus attention on newcomer adolescent English language learners at the middle and high school grades and to communicate promising practices for meeting their educational and social needs.
Materials From the 2011 CREATE Conference Now Available: Educating Middle School English Language Learners for College and
CREATE's capstone conference highlighted current research on methods for building literacy skills and oral language development for English language learners across the content areas. PowerPoint presentations and handouts from the conference are now available.
New CREATE Brief Now Available Online: The SIOP Model: A Professional Development Framework for a Comprehensive School-Wide Intervention
This brief first describes individual interventions that CREATE researchers tested in middle school science, social studies, and language arts classrooms with English language learners over the course of the 2005-2009 school years. The brief then explains how the SIOP Model was used as a professional development framework to unite the separate research studies into a school-wide, comprehensive intervention that was implemented in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years to support English language learners across the core content areas.
Read the brief or download the PDF.
Introducing the BEST Plus Test: USB Format
CAL is pleased to announce an enhanced delivery vehicle for our oral proficiency assessment for adults learning English–the BEST Plus Test: USB. This new tool has been designed to provide convenient USB access to the test and to enhancements designed to make using the test software even easier.
Directory of Foreign Language Immersion Programs in U.S. Schools: Update Complete
CAL has updated this comprehensive directory of elementary, middle, and high schools that teach all or part of their curriculum through a second language. The directory was first compiled by CAL in 1981 and has been updated many times since then. We invite you to browse the current directory, which includes 22 languages and more than 400 schools.
Access the online directory.
SOPA Online Training Courses Set for January 2012
CAL offers innovative language proficiency assessment instruments designed to allow young students to demonstrate their highest level of performance in oral fluency, grammar, vocabulary, 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 January Moderated Introduction to the SOPA and Rating the SOPA online courses.
Learn more and register.
Assessment Literacy for Language Educators
Margaret Malone, Senior Testing Associate at CAL, discusses four key concepts of assessment, describes free online resources that promote assessment literacy among language educators, and explores how these tools can be useful for all stakeholders.
Read the digest.
Report From 2011 ACTFL-CEFR Conference now Available Online:
The Elements of Proficiency: An Emerging Consensus for Language Assessment
More than 40 language educators from the U.S. and Europe, including CAL staff members Dorry Kenyon and Margaret Malone, met recently in Provo, Utah, to explore common understandings about language proficiency as shared by the ACTFL and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Communities. This year's goals were to help practitioners all over the world to understand the essential elements of proficiency and how it is assessed. Learn more about the conference and read the report.
CREATE Brief: Improving Reading Across Subject Areas With Word Generation
This brief describes a quasi-experimental study of Word Generation, conducted in public middle schools in Boston. Word Generation is a robust vocabulary intervention that is implemented across key subject areas. The purpose of the program is to enhance students' vocabulary in support of improved reading comprehension. This brief outlines the details of the intervention and explains how it increases the vocabulary development of all students, including English language learners.
Read the brief.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2011 Annual Convention
November 18 - 20, 2011
CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the 2011 ACTFL conference.
Browse our list of presentations online.
3rd International Conference on Language, Education, and Diversity (LED 2011)
November 22 - 25, 2011
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Terrence Wiley and Bernard Spolsky will present an LPREN-sponsored colloquium: Gaps Between Research Evidence and Language Education Policy. Terrence Wiley will also present on Assessing Educational Language Rights in the United States: Two Steps Back - One Forward.
Heritage Languages and Social Cohesion Conference
November 5, 2011
New York, NY
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
This workshop specifically targets teachers working with newcomers, immigrants, and refugees, as well as American-born students. Designed to help teachers promote tolerance, diversity, and cultural connections within their classrooms, the workshop provides hands-on guidance on the use of the refugee family and youth videos, A New Day and Be Who You Are, and the companion facilitator's guide, Connecting Diverse Cultures. The workshop incorporates active learning, practical exercises, and group discussions in order to promote engagement and ease of application. Developed for maximum flexibility, the workshop is appropriate for educators working in K–12 classrooms, adult education settings, and the training of trainers.
Enhance Your Ability to Provide Instruction to Students Learning to Read in English
Spend 3 days in Washington, DC, at one of our Training of Trainers (TOT) institutes on teaching reading to students with language backgrounds other than English.
What's Different? Training of Trainers Institutes
October 25 – 27, 2011
November 30 – December 2, 2011
A graduate credit option is also available.
Learn more and register.
New CREATE Brief Now Available Online
Improving Reading Across Subject Areas With Word Generation
This brief describes a study of Word Generation, a robust vocabulary intervention implemented across key subject areas, that was conducted in middle schools in Boston. The brief outlines the details of the intervention and explains how it increases the vocabulary development of all students, including English language learners.
Read the brief online or download the PDF.
Immersion Education: Practices, Policies, Possibilities
This publication from Multilingual Matters showcases the practice and promise of immersion education through in-depth investigations of program designs, implementation practices, and policies in one-way, two-way and indigenous programs. Contributors, including CAL senior fellow Donna Christian and CAL trustee Fred Genesee, present new research and reflect on possibilities for strengthening practices and policies in immersion education. Learn more.
Chinese as a Heritage Language: Fostering Rooted World Citizenry
Thirty-two scholars examine the sociocultural, cognitive-linguistic, and educational-institutional trajectories along which Chinese as a heritage language may be acquired, maintained, and developed. This volume from the National Foreign Language Resource Center in Hawaii will engage all those interested in the teaching and learning of Chinese, from teachers to parents to the students themselves. Learn more.
2011 CREATE Conference:
Educating Middle School English Language Learners for College and Career Readiness
November 3 – 4, 2011
Top scholars in the field will highlight current research on methods for building the literacy skills and oral language development of English language learners across the content areas.
Integrating Performance Assessment Into World Language Learning and Teaching
Through the Language Acquisition Research Center, CAL staff member Margaret Malone delivered a webinar on the purposes and uses of performance assessment in world language classrooms.
ELL-U Training Workshop: Developing Oral Proficiency in Adults Learning English
June 25, 2011, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
CAL adult ESL education staff are working with ELL-U, a professional development network for educators working with adult English language learners, to provide workshops and training on topics of interest to the field. Miriam Burt and Sarah Young will facilitate an ELL-U training event in June. Visit the ELL-U website to learn more and register.
Directory of Foreign Language Immersion Programs in U.S. Schools: Update Underway
CAL is updating this comprehensive directory of elementary, middle, and high schools that teach all or part of their curriculum through a second language. The directory was first compiled by CAL in 1981 and has been updated many times. The latest update is expected to be concluded later this year. We invite you to browse the current directory, which includes 22 languages and over 400 schools. Access the online directory.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum
CAL developed curriculum modules on pedestrian and bicycle safety for use in programs for adult English language learners. The materials are intended to help teachers and volunteers convey key messages about safety to new immigrants learning English and to encourage the adults to pass the safety messages to their children and other family members. Modules are available for both beginning and intermediate levels and include instructor manuals, student workbooks, and audio clips. Learn more.
American Voices: How Dialects Differ From Coast to Coast
This collection of articles by prominent dialect researchers provides a fascinating look at the full range of American dialects. Written for lay readers, these articles make information about dialects accessible to non-linguists and give readers a fresh understanding of language diversity. Learn more.
EL/Civics Online: Integrating EL/Civics Into Adult ESL Classrooms
EL/Civics Online is a free series of courses designed to assist teachers in creating interesting and effective lessons in the areas of U.S. history, U.S. government, the naturalization process, and civic engagement. Also available are tutorials, a master teacher course, lesson plans, and supplemental modules on the four content areas.
Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource – PDF Now Available
Heritage Languages in America outlines what needs to be done to help heritage language speakers develop their languages for use in academic and professional arenas. This publication is now available as a downloadable PDF for a small fee. Learn more.
Words Were All We Had: Becoming Biliterate Against the Odds
This publication includes engaging, personal narratives from a select group of well-respected educators who attained biliteracy not only at a young age but in the era before bilingual education. Teachers can glean important lessons about the individual potential of their Latino students from the lived experiences of Latinos whose successes dispel the myth that Spanish is an obstacle to learning. Learn more.
LARC Webinar: Integrating Performance Assessment into World Language Learning and Teaching
CAL staff member, Margaret Malone, presented on the purposes and uses for performance assessment in world language classrooms. Learn more.
Language Diversity, School Learning, and Closing Achievement Gaps:
A Workshop Summary
This report summarizes presentations and discussions from a workshop convened by the National Research Council in October 2009. The workshop was designed to seek expert insight into the issues that surround the study of language, academic learning, and achievement gaps. This report also highlights the differing viewpoints on what available research findings might imply for future research and practice. Learn more.
Workshop on Language Program Evaluation
Through the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC), CAL staff will be conducting a summer workshop for language educators.
May 26-27 Language Program Evaluation
Registration: Before May 1: $225; Regular: $250
Learn about different methodologies and designs used in language program evaluation. Topics covered include the basic principles of planning for an evaluation, defining expectations, collecting data, and planning for analysis and reporting.
Please visit the NCRLC website for more information or to register for this workshop.
Developing Oral Proficiency of Adults Learning English
This free online professional development module is designed for adult ESL practitioners who want to know more about building the speaking and listening skills of adult English language learners. Learn more.
Resources for Practitioners Working With Adult English Language Learners
CAL provides evidence-based resources and practical tools for working with the growing population of adult English language learners throughout the United States. Our new website provides information about the many adult ESL resources available from CAL. We encourage you to bookmark it and visit often to download free online resources and to learn about our professional development and technical assistance services.
Visit our new website.
Enhancing Practice with Early English Language Learners
CAL Board of Trustee member, Fred Genesee, and CAL staff member, Jen Himmel, will be presenting at this free one-day conference on specific educational issues regarding early English language learners held April 29, 2011 at Princeton University. Learn more.
Panel discussion on French Immersion Programs in the United States
Nancy Rhodes, Director of CAL’s foreign language education division, participated in a panel discussion on French Immersion Programs in the United States, sharing the results of the recent survey of foreign language education in the United States and audio of students in immersion classes. Held at the French Embassy on March 2, 2011, this event is part of the Francophonie 2011 Cultural Festival held in Washington DC, March 2-April 15, 2011. Learn more about Francophonie 2011. Visit CAL’s foreign language education web pages.
Nieto elected American Educational Research Association Fellow
CAL Board of Trustee member, Sonia Nieto, was selected as an AERA fellow by the American Educational Research Association. The AERA Fellows Program honors education researchers with substantial research accomplishments. The fellowship conveys the Association’s commitment to excellence in research and emphasizes to new scholars the importance of sustained research in the field of education. Nieto will be installed in the AERA’s 2011 Class of Fellows on April 9, 2011 during the AERA’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
Enhancing Practice with Early English Language Learners
CAL Board of Trustee member, Fred Genesee, and CAL staff member, Jen Himmel, will be presenting at this free one-day conference on specific educational issues regarding early English language learners held April 29, 2011 at Princeton University. Learn more.
2011 Institute Dates Announced
Institutes on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
Featuring What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?
To meet the growing demand from K–8 educators for training materials on teaching reading to English language learners, CAL continues to offer its successful institutes in Washington, DC, in 2011. Diane August, noted CAL researcher and scholar, will provide an introduction about reading and English language learners at each Training of Trainers institute. Visit our website to learn more and register.
Mark Your Calendars for the 2011 CREATE Conference
Educating Middle School English Language Learners for College and Career Readiness. November 3 – 4, 2011, Austin, TX.
The 2011 CREATE capstone conference will highlight current research on methods for building literacy skills and oral language development for English language learners across the content areas. CREATE researchers will describe their work on a school-wide intervention targeting seventh-grade English language learners in science, social studies, English language arts, and math. Learn more.
Heritage Language Spotlight: Chinese
The Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages periodically creates Heritage Language Spotlight web pages that focus on select heritage languages. Visit the new web pages that highlight the Chinese language.
New working group focuses on support for English language learners
The Madison Academic Language Working Group was formed to advance support for the language learning and achievement of English learner (EL) students and expand educators’ awareness of academic language. Representing CAL are founding members Diane August, Dorry Kenyon, David MacGregor, and Deborah Short. A new website has been launched that will provide information and updates from the group. Learn more.
Christian receives Lifetime Service Award from the Linguistics Society of America
The Linguistics Society of America (LSA) presented Donna Christian with the Victoria A. Fromkin Lifetime Service Award at its annual meeting in January 2011. This award was established to recognize individuals who have performed extraordinary service to the Society and the discipline throughout their career.
New Language Policy Research Network website launched
CAL is pleased to host the Language Policy Research Network (LPREN), created by the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée, (the International Association of Applied Linguistics) Research Networks committee in 2006. Learn more.
Assessment Training OnLine (ATOL) course
The Center for Applied Linguistics is pleased to announce that the Assessment Training OnLine (ATOL) course is now open for enrollment. Please visit the ATOL page to learn more about the course and register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PHHF3ZN before December 31.
TIRF conducting study of English language training programs
TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is conducting a study of English language training programs for the 21st Century workforce (people who must use English in businesses, industries and professions). The foundation is soliciting both case reports about particular training programs and applications for the position of author of the final study.
Statement on the Critical Need for Foreign Language Education in the United States.
Our nation’s capacity to maintain national security, promote international cooperation, compete effectively in a global economy, and enhance our domestic well-being depends on our ability to communicate effectively in other languages and across cultures. In response to the findings of CAL’s recent survey of foreign language education in U.S. schools, CAL’s Board of Trustees has issued a statement concerning the vital importance of foreign language education and calls on all stakeholders to work collaboratively to address this critical issue.
Read the statement.
21st Century Competencies: Exploring Knowledge and Skills for Success
As part of International Education Week, CAL staff members Miriam Burt and Amber Gallup Rodriguez worked on a project to develop Wiki pages on Skills for Success in Multinational Business. CAL collaborated with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), with support from the U.S. Department of Education, TESOL, and Synergy, to make this resource available online. Learn more
Bernard Spolsky Named 2010 Ferguson Fellow
Dr. Benard Spolsky is a distinguished scholar in applied linguistics, with particular expertise in educational linguistics, language policy and management, and language assessment. In 2000, he was appointed Professor Emeritus at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, following an illustrious career and many contributions to the field. He also served on CAL’s Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1980. Dr. Spolsky will be in residence at CAL from October through December 2010.
The Charles A. Ferguson Fellowship was established in honor of CAL's founder and first director. This fellowship allows CAL to invite senior scholars in applied linguistics to spend time in residence at CAL pursuing their own work and advising on CAL Projects.
Dialect Resources: Talking NC
Educational Media From the North Carolina Language and Life Project
North Carolina is one of the most linguistically diverse states in the United States, reflecting a wide variety of regional and sociocultural English dialects as well as an assortment of ancestral and immigrant languages. The North Carolina Language and Life Project (NCLLP) has developed a series of documentaries and related publications on language variation in North Carolina and the American South. Walt Wolfram, former Chair of CAL’s Board of Trustees, has directed the development and distribution of these valuable resources. Browse the dialect resources.
Ebonics: The Urban Education Debate, 2nd Edition
This collection of papers is an excellent addition to the literature on African American Vernacular English, written in a clear style that makes it accessible to all those interested in the language and education of African American children. Learn more.
Meet CAL President - Dr. Terrence G. Wiley
CAL’s new president took office on October 1, 2010. An internationally recognized researcher and sought-after scholar in the field of applied linguistics, Dr. Wiley brings to CAL a strong professional academic background along with a proven management style that empowers and motivates. Learn more about Dr. Wiley.
Resources for Practitioners Working With Adults Learning English
CAL has been a leader in the education of adult English language learners for over 30 years. Our website provides a variety of relevant resources for working with these learners, including free summaries of evidence-based information to help instructors and program administrators facilitate English language acquisition for adult learners. Our experienced staff know the challenges faced by adult ESL teachers and program administrators, and we offer a range of professional development and technical assistance services that focus on improving educational opportunities for and the success of adult English language learners. We invite you to contact us to learn more about how CAL can work with you to meet the needs of your program. Learn more.
Effective English Literacy Instruction for English Learners SchoolsMovingUp Webinar
October 27, 2010 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Diane August, a senior research scientist at CAL, and Timothy Shanahan, a professor of urban education at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will lead an upcoming webinar in the SchoolsMovingUp series hosted by WestEd. They will focus on approaches to literacy instruction for English learners from their chapter in Improving Education for English Learners: Research-Based Approaches published this year by the California Department of Education. Dr. August and Dr. Shanahan are also the editors of Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners: Report of the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth. Visit the SchoolsMovingUp website for more information and to register.
Language, Diversity, and Learning: Lessons for Education in the 21st Century
Language is powerful. How a nation deals with language differences says a great deal about the status of people who speak particular languages in that society. E pluribus unum (out of many, one), the bedrock of U.S. society, is based on the belief that our nation should be simultaneously supportive of pluralism and dedicated to unity. Read this digest.
Coaching Language Teachers
This digest introduces the topic of coaching language teachers in a way that is responsive to the complex, varied, and dynamic landscapes of language classrooms, describes three dimensions of coaching discourse that can shape dialogues among coaches and language teachers, and presents some general advice for coaches. Read this digest.
New CREATE Brief
Improving Science and Vocabulary Learning of English Language Learners
This brief reviews previous research related to the development of science knowledge and academic language in English language learners as well as the role of general English language proficiency, learning in a second language, and first language knowledge in science learning. It also describes two successful CREATE interventions that build general academic and discipline-specific vocabulary and science knowledge in English language learners. Learn more.
Improving Education for English Learners: Research-Based Approaches
This new publication, just released from the California Department of Education, addresses critical questions for educators about optimizing English language and literacy development and content instruction. CAL contributors include Diane August, Deborah Short, and CAL Trustee, Fred Genesee. Learn more.
Using Oral Language Skills to Build on the Emerging Literacy of Adult English Learners
This brief reviews the research, describes ways to capitalize on adult learners’ oral skills to create successful literacy learning experiences, and suggests areas for further research to bolster the knowledge base in working with adult second language learners who are in the process of becoming literate. Learn more.
Expanding Educational Opportunities in Ghana: Bilingualism and Biliteracy for Young Learners
CAL partnered with the Education Development Center (EDC) on a USAID-funded project - Education Quality for All (EQUALL) - to improve the quality of primary literacy education in Ghana. CAL led development of literacy standards and milestones, completed ESL pupil books, and contributed to teachers’ guides for biliteracy education. Learn more about this project.
STARTALK Multimedia Teacher Workshop Collection
This collection features 12 online, multimedia workshops designed for language educators to improve their skills in critical areas. CAL’s contribution to the collection, Assessment for Language Instructors: The Basics, is a computer-based workshop that focuses on assessment training for language educators. Learn more.
2010 Sheikh Nahayan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
TIRF (The International Foundation for English Language Education)is sponsoring the 2010 Sheikh Nahayan Fellowships for doctoral research on English language and teaching in the Arab World. TIRF is soliciting proposals from doctoral candidates who have completed their course work and have had a research plan approved by their faculty advisor or committee. The proposal submission deadline is September 30, 2010. Learn more.
Research on the Literacy and Language Development of Spanish-Speaking English Language Learners
The Vocabulary Instruction and Assessment for Spanish Speakers (VIAS) project is a 5-year program of research on the literacy and language development of Spanish-speaking English language learners. VIAS researchers are working to chart developmental trajectories in literacy and literacy-related language skills for these learners, develop and evaluate methods to enhance their vocabulary development, and develop tools for assessing their vocabulary skills. Visit the website.
These phrasebooks were developed by CAL to serve as a handy reference for newly arrived residents of the United States. Each phrasebook includes English phrases used in daily activities along with their equivalent in the user’s native language. No longer available in print, the phrasebooks are now available online in PDF format in the following languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Chinese, Czech, Haitian, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Learn more.
CAELA Network State Activities
Learn about the professional development goals, activities, and resources of the 12 states participating in the CAELA Network. All states and practitioners working with adult English language learners can access the resources of CAL and the CAELA Network Web site. Learn more.
Incorporating EL/Civics Content into the Adult ESL Classroom
This online resource provides a series of courses developed to assist teachers in creating interesting, effective ESL lessons in the areas of U.S. history, U.S. government, civic engagement, and the naturalization process. Learn more.
Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies
This publication from Teachers College Press pulls together recent research on the effects of restrictive language policies on English language learners, with a focus on what is known about outcomes in states where these policies have been adopted. An overview of English language learners in the United States and a brief history of policies that have guided their instruction provides background to the discussion of issues related to these policies. Learn more.
Working Group on ELL Policy
The Working Group on ELL Policy, a group of researchers with extensive experience in the education of English language learners (ELLs), has prepared a set of recommendations for the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Working Group’s recommendations cover five core areas of ESEA policy and focus on improving education outcomes for English language learners. Learn more.
New Adult ESL Assessments Web Site Launched
CAL is pleased to announce the launch of an enhanced Web site for our adult ESL assessments, BEST Plus and BEST Literacy. The site was redesigned to provide comprehensive information about our assessments for both prospective and current users and to share other resources of interest to all working with adult English language learners. Visit the Web site.
New SIOP Lesson Plans Posted for Educators
CAL is expanding its collection of teacher-developed SIOP materials with updates of lesson plans from our current research and professional development projects. Read the lesson plans.
New CAL Solutions Web Site Launched
Visit the new Web site, which combines a new logo and look with a framework that makes it easier to find and share information and resources useful to practitioners working with English language learners in PreK-12. Visit the Web site.
Resources About Haiti Available Online
Free resources about Haiti are available online, including a culture profile, The Haitians: Their History and Culture, and a Haitian-Creole phrasebook.
View the resources
The Heritage Program Funding Guide
The Heritage Program Funding Guide was developed by the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages to guide community-based heritage language programs in their efforts to seek funding for program activities. The process is designed for those with limited experience searching for and soliciting grant funding. Learn more.
CAL Board of Trustees Announces Presidential Search
The Board of Trustees of the Center of Applied Linguistics announces a search for President of CAL. Donna Christian is leaving the position of President after 15 years of exemplary service. The Board and staff of the Center for Applied Linguistics are grateful to Dr. Christian for all her many contributions to CAL and for her continuing support and assistance during the transition process. Read the position announcement.
CAL Expands Online Resource Archive
As part of CAL's 50th anniversary celebration in 2009, we undertook an initiative to expand the archive of online resources. We are continuing that initiative this year to provide our Web visitors with easy access to foundational resources that would otherwise be difficult to find. Visit the archive.
Secondary Newcomer Programs in the U.S. (2008-2009)
CAL has published a searchable online database of newcomer programs in secondary schools in the United States. The database includes profiles of more than 60 programs that participated in our newcomer research study, “Exemplary Programs for Newcomer English Language Learners at the Secondary Level,” for the 2008-2009 school year. Search the database.
NCELA Webinar: Implementing Professional Development for Content Area Teachers with ELLs
CAL Research Associate, Jennifer Himmel, provided an overview of the SIOP Model and presented ways in which the model is being effectively implemented to help ELLs succeed in the content area classroom. View or download the webinar at the NCELA website
CAL Releases Results From National K-12 Foreign Language Survey
Cal has released the results of the national survey of foreign language instruction in public and private elementary and secondary schools. Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey is now available. Visit the project web page to read about the survey, download an executive summary, and order a copy.
Teaching Reading to English Language Learner-Institutes Set for 2010
In response to growing requests from K-8 educators for training materials on teaching reading to English language learners, CAL will offer four institutes in Washington, DC, in 2010. Learn more or register.
New Web Site Launched on Early Language Assessments
CAL has launched a new web site that focuses on language proficiency resources in Grades K-8. The web site also highlights the online training courses that teach participants how to administer and rate students' oral language using the SOPA Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA). Learn more at the ELA web site.
From Spanish to English: Reading and Writing for English Language Learners Kindergarten Through Third Grade now available from CAL
This book and two companion CDs were developed to help ease the challenge of teaching English language learners in Grades K-3 to read and write in English by providing real-life examples, analyses, and instructional strategies. Learn more about these materials.
CAL American Dialect Recordings Now
As part of the Library of Congress American Memory series, the CAL Collection of American English Dialect Recordings has been digitized and is now accessible online. This collection of interviews and other speech recordings, primarily from dialect research and oral history projects, provides a centralized source of North American dialect samples, preserving valuable linguistic resources that might otherwise be lost. The collection was donated by CAL to the Library of Congress in 1986 and has been accessible only by personal visit to the Library since then. Browse the Collection.
FAQs About CAL SIOP Now Available
CAL has posted a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the SIOP Model, its implementation, and CAL SIOP services and resources. Learn more at the CAL SIOP web site.
ONPAR - Computer-Based Test of Science and Math for Beginning English Language Learners
CAL is working with the WIDA Consortium to develop ONPAR, an alternative test that allows students to demonstrate their content knowledge with a test instrument sensitive to their lower proficiency in English. The ONPAR project has recently launched its own Web site. Learn more.
Second CREATE Brief Available for Download
Response to Intervention and English Learners outlines the tiered structure of RTI and how it can be implemented as an effective technique for teaching English learners who are having difficulty making academic progress. It touches on methods of assessment and instructional considerations, and it guides educators in tailoring this technique to fit the needs of English learners. Learn more.
Four New Profiles Added to the Heritage Voices Collection
The Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages is continuing its new online series designed to allow heritage language speakers and programs to share their unique voices with visitors to our Web site. Visit the Alliance Web site to view four new Heritage Voices, including profiles of a French heritage language program in New York, a German program in Connecticut, and a Hindi one in New Jersey. The fourth profile spotlights the language of Hindi.
A Navajo Success Story: Heritage Language Revitalization in Magdalena, New Mexico
In Magdalena, NM, students have been improving their English and Navajo language skills. Through an innovative bilingual model of heritage language revitalization, Navajo students can receive instruction in English as a second language and in Navajo language and culture.
Learn more about the program and read the report: English Language Acquisition and Navajo Achievement in Magdalena, New Mexico: Promising Outcomes in Heritage Language Education
New CAELA Network Brief Available
Teaching Pronunciation to Adult English Language Learners
This brief reviews features of English that can have an impact on the teaching and learning of English pronunciation, looks at current research on learner acquisition of pronunciation, and describes how teachers can implement the teaching of pronunciation in their classes. Learn more.
Assessment Training Online (ATOL)
CAL now offers a free online training course that teaches participants about oral proficiency assessment for students learning foreign languages at the secondary, post-secondary, and professional levels. It also serves as an introduction to CAL's SOPI and COPI assessments. Learn more.
First CREATE Brief Available for Download
Using the SIOP Model to Improve Middle School Science Instruction provides an overview of the SIOP model and highlights how teachers can develop content and language objectives, emphasize key vocabulary, promote interaction, and incorporate effective review and assessment techniques within the context of middle school science. Learn more.
New Paper Outlines Strategies for Building U.S. Foreign Language Capacity
This paper describes the need for skilled speakers of languages other than English in the U.S. and outlines the necessary components for an effective long-term national strategy to meet that need. Read the paper. (PDF, 590 KB)
Two New Profiles Added to the Heritage Voices Collection
The Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages is continuing its new online series designed to allow heritage language speakers and programs to share their unique voices with visitors to our Web site. Visit the Alliance Web site to view two new Heritage Voices profiles: one spotlighting a Chinese language program in Texas and another spotlighting the language of Tamil.
Connect to Online Information about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
For your convenience, CAL has created a Web page with links to a wide variety of information about the ARRA of 2009. Learn more.
TIRF Study Addresses Plurilingualism in Global Business
TIRF (The International Research Foundation for English Language Education) has published a study of the role of English and plurilingualism in business and industry entitled The Impact of English and Plurilingualism in Global Corporations. The findings show that language proficiency directly facilitates knowledge transfer and business performance. As a result, employers, especially in multinational corporations, highly value multilingual communication skills.
For a copy of the executive summary or to download a PDF of the full study, visit the TIRF website.
CAL's 50th Anniversary recognized in Congressional Record
Read the remarks of Representative Rubén Hinojosa of Texas.
Researchers Urge Use of Stimulus Funds to Address the Needs of English Language Learners
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides an extraordinary opportunity to improve educational outcomes for English language learners (ELLs), a rapidly growing, yet underserved population. The Working Group on ELL Policy, a group of researchers with extensive experience in the education of ELL students, has prepared a set of recommendations designed to guide discussion and decision-making on how to use ARRA funds to better serve English language learners in schools across the United States. Read the full report.
Quality Counts 2009: Portrait of a Population
How English-Language Learners Are Putting Schools to the Test
CAL worked with Education Week to create a downloadable PDF of selected articles from the recent Quality Counts 2009. This PDF features three articles from the report that reference CAL's work on the education of English language learners. Learn more.
TIRF now accepting proposals for 2009 Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDG)
The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) welcomes Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) proposals for 2009. For successful DDG proposals, US $5,000 is the maximum award.
This year Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) proposal applications will be considered on any of the following research priorities topics:
the age issue,
the proficiency of English language teachers,
technology in language learning and teaching,
effective grammar instruction,
bilingualism and plurilingualism in business and industry, and
For full details on what these topics encompass and for information about submitting applications, please visit TIRF's web site: www.tirfonline.org. The deadline for submitting a proposal is May 1, 2009.
Heritage Voices Collection
Read our new online series designed to allow heritage language speakers and programs to share their unique voices with visitors to our Web site. Visit the Alliance Web site to view the initial offerings of the collection.
2008-09 Online Survey for Middle and High School Newcomer Programs Available
Do you have a program for middle or high school newcomers? If you know of a program or have one and are willing to complete the survey so we can record information in our revised newcomer database, please fill out our online survey.
2009 G. Richard Tucker Fellowship
Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 G. Richard Tucker Fellowship. Each year a new Tucker Fellow is selected for a 4-week residency at CAL's offices in Washington, DC. The application deadline is April 13, 2009. Learn more.
Understanding Assessment: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators
CAL has developed an online tutorial designed to act as a companion piece to the FLAD, helping educators choose the most appropriate test for their needs. A Moderated User Review capability for the FLAD is also now available. Learn more.
Introducing COPI -
the next generation of the SOPI
Now available in Arabic and Spanish, the Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) is a computer-based, semi-adaptive test of Arabic and Spanish oral proficiency. Learn more.
Heritage Languages in America - Frequently Asked Questions
A seventh question, What is language loss?, has been added to the list of Frequently Asked Questions on the Heritage Languages in America Web site. In addition, the answers to the first six questions have been bundled together as a downloadable PDF for ease of reference. Learn more.
Registration Now Open for the 2008 CREATE Conference
Math, Science, and Social Studies: A Focus on English Language Learners in Middle School to be held October 6 – 7, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Learn more at the CREATE Web site.
BEST Literacy Test Manual (2008 Edition) Now Available
The 2008 edition of the BEST Literacy Test Manual is now available. The new manual contains updated National Reporting System (NRS) and Student Performance Level (SPL) scale score ranges, additional background and technical information, and refinements to procedures for scoring the note writing section. Learn more.
CAL Project List Updated
CAL has recently refreshed its projects list, updating progress on existing projects and adding new projects for 2008 and beyond. Learn more.
Registration now open for CAL- CARLA Conference
Immersion Education: Pathways to Bilingualism and Beyond, a CARLA-CAL Conference Collaboration will be held October 16 – 18, 2008 at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel – St. Paul Riverfront in
St. Paul, Minnesota. Learn more or register online.
Acquiring Literacy in English Web Site Now Online
CAL has recently expanded the resources available from its research project, Acquiring Literacy in English (ALE), a 5-year program of research in which the Center for Applied Linguistics and its collaborators studied the factors that predict success as Spanish-speaking children learn to read and write in English. Visit this newly expanded site.
CAL to Offer Summer Training of Trainers Institute on What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?
In response to growing requests from educators for training materials on teaching reading to English language learners, CAL is offering a three-day Training of Trainers (TOT) Institute in Washington, D.C., in late July 2008. Learn more.
Two Adult ESL Resources Now Available In Print
The CAELA Guide for Adult ESL Trainers and Practitioner Toolkit: Working with Adult English Language Learners, two online resources created by CAELA, are now available for purchase as print publications for ease of use and reference. Learn more.
Both resources are still available for download free of charge on the CAELA Web site.
CAL to Conduct New Research on Newcomer Programs
CAL is currently updating our contact list in preparation for conducting a newcomer research survey in spring/summer 2008. The results of this survey will be used to update CAL's Newcomer Database (2000). Learn more.
CAL Collaborating with Great Lakes East Comprehensive Assistance Center
CAL is collaborating in the operation of this Center to provide capacity-building assistance to Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio in their efforts to raise student achievement. Learn more about CAL's involvement and view a page of ELL-focused resources from CAL.
EL/Civics Online: Integrating EL/Civics Into Adult ESL Classes
Learn more about this free series of online courses designed to assist teachers in creating interesting and effective ESL lessons in the areas of U.S. history, U.S. government, civic engagement, and the naturalization process.
EL/Civics Online is developed by the Adult Learning Resource Center under a contract from CAL with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, and from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Citizenship.
CAELA Network Launches New Web Site
There is a vital need for high quality instruction for adult English language learners in the United States. Visit the new CAELA Network Web site, a portal to information focusing on effective professional development for educators working with adult English language learners. Learn more by visiting the CAELA Network Web site.
Guidance on BEST Literacy Score Interpretation
CAL will make changes to the BEST Literacy score interpretation chart effective July 1, 2008. An informative flyer outlining these changes and providing helpful guidance was mailed to all users in January 2008. Read more.
African American English Bibliography Now Available
CAL has amassed a bibliography of more than 650 print references related to African American English. Learn more.
TIRF Call for Proposals for the 2008 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants
TIRF (The International Research Foundation for English Language Education) announces the 2008 competition for doctoral dissertation grants. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be awarded for the highest rated proposals.
Doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy may submit proposals for funding to support empirical investigations related to the following research priority topics:
Students' age and effective English language education in schools
Teacher English proficiency and effective English language education
Optimal uses of technology in the delivery of English language instruction
Effective grammar instruction for English language learners in primary and secondary education contexts
The deadline for submitting proposals was April 30, 2008.
Please visit www.tirfonline.org for further information.
Free Webcast seminar on January 10, 2008 hosted by CREATE - Building Oral Language into the Basal
In Thursday’s free Webcast seminar, Building Oral Language into the Basal, Dr. Diane August, Senior Research Scientist with the Center for Applied Linguistics, will describe methods to develop the language proficiency skills of English Learners in the context of language arts, math, and science instruction in elementary and middle schools. Register now to participate in this presentation, co-sponsored by CREATE and West Ed's SchoolsMovingUp.
New CAL Digest -
Effects of Instructional Hours and Intensity of Instruction on NRS Level Gain in Listening and Speaking
This digest reports on a study examining the relationship between the number of ESL instructional hours and intensity of ESL instruction with the progress of adult English language learners in listening and speaking in English, as measured by the oral proficiency assessment BEST Plus. Download a free copy of this new publication.
2008 G. Richard Tucker Fellowship
Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 G. Richard Tucker Fellowship. Each year a new Tucker Fellow is selected for a 4-week residency at CAL's offices in Washington, DC. The application deadline is
April 14, 2008. Learn more.
New CAL publication –
Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education
The Guiding Principles were developed as a tool to help dual language programs (two-way immersion, heritage language, foreign language immersion, or developmental bilingual programs) with planning and ongoing implementation. The Guiding Principles are now available for purchase in a print format for ease of reference. Learn more.
Foreign Language Assessment Directory now available
CAL has developed a free, searchable online directory of information on nearly 200 tests in over 90 languages. Learn more.
New Discover Languages Spotlight on Russian
In support of the Discover Languages campaign, CAL presents Spotlight on Language, a regular Web series that focuses on specific languages and CAL's related work.
The third Spotlight on Language, Russian, is available now.
COR Center releases fourth Refugee Backgrounder
Click here to download our Refugee Backgrounder profiling the Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal.
New CAL Digest-
Oral Proficiency Assessment: The Use of Technology
in Test Development and Rater Training
Since 1986, CAL has investigated and initiated a number of approaches to oral proficiency assessment that rely on semi-direct measures and new technologies. This digest describes ways to use technology to improve test development and administration and to improve the training of raters. Download a free copy of this new publication.
New CAL co-publication -
Developing Reading and Writing in Second-Language Learners
This book was created as a summary of the full volume, Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners, reporting the findings of the National Literacy Panel on language-minority children and youth. Learn more.
Foreign Language Directory enhancements in development
CAL is developing two online resources to help with selection of foreign language assessments: the Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD) and an online testing tutorial called Understanding Assessment: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators. Learn more.
CO Trainers' Exchange 2007 Executive Summary and individual reports now available
In May 2007, six domestic resettlement professionals visited a number of the overseas sites offering CO to U.S.-bound refugees. Visit the COR Center Web site to read the Executive Summary of the visits or see the secondees' individual reports and slideshows.
National K – 12 Foreign Language Survey underway
CAL conducts a national survey of foreign language instruction in elementary and secondary schools every decade to gain greater understanding of current patterns and shifts over time. We are currently conducting the third survey to be able to show trends in foreign language education at three points in time (1987, 1997, 2007). Learn more.
Heritage Languages in America unveils new Web site
The Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages recently launched its redesigned Web site.
The newly revamped
site offers expanded
content and improved
navigation to make it
easier to find resources
about heritage languages
in the United
States. Visit the site.
What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? 2007 Edition
Learn more about our revised materials for What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?
COR Center releases third refugee backgrounder
Click here to download our refugee backgrounder profiling the Kunama.
CREATE Web site expanded
CAL partners with several institutions in the Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE), a National Research and Development Center for English language learners. Visit the newly expanded CREATE Web site to learn more about CREATE, its research and upcoming events.
Project SAILL Web site launched
CAL is working on two research strands of Project SAILL, a larger biliteracy effort involving several partner universities. Visit the recently launched Project SAILL mini-Web site to learn more about CAL's research efforts as part of this initiative.
COR Center releases new refugee backgrounder
Click here to download our second refugee backgrounder profiling the 1972 Burundians.
New CAL publication -
An Insider’s Guide to SIOP Coaching
This new resource is designed for coaches who know the SIOP Model and are helping teachers implement it in their lessons. The guide offers practical suggestions for establishing productive coaching contexts, helping teachers with effective SIOP lesson planning, conducting observations and providing feedback, and sustaining SIOP implementation over time. Learn more.
COR Center introduces refugee backgrounders
In the tradition of the culture profiles, refugee backgrounders provide key information about new refugee groups for U.S. resettlement workers but in a smaller digest format. Click here to download our first backgrounder profiling the Banyamulenge Tutsi.
New CAL publication -
Realizing the Vision: Fostering Effective Programs and Classrooms
Drawing on a decade of research, this book explores the question of effectiveness in two-way immersion by examining the development of bilingualism and biliteracy in elementary TWI students. Specifically, the authors highlight the importance of fostering cultures of intellectualism, equity, and leadership in order to promote bilingualism and biliteracy among students in TWI programs. Learn more.
Refugee Families & Refugee Youth Videos Now Available
These two videos, combined on one VHS videotape or DVD, were created to assist refugees and refugee service providers in learning about adjustment of refugee families and refugee youth to their new lives in the United States. Topics include family adjustment, discipline, school life, home life, and learning English. Learn more.
New Culture Profile: Meskhetian Turks
The Meskhetian Turks: An Introduction to their History, Culture and Resettlement Experiences provides general information about Meskhetian Turk communities around the world including information about their culture, language and education, and resettlement in the United States, as well as recommended reading. Learn more.
CAL invites applications for the 2007 G. Richard Tucker Fellowship
The G. Richard Tucker Fellowship program for master’s and doctoral
students in language-related fields is now in its 16th year. Each year, a new Tucker Fellow is selected for a 4-week residency at CAL’s offices in
Washington, DC. The Fellow works with CAL senior staff on an existing
CAL research project or on a suitable project suggested by the Fellow. Learn more.
CAELA featured in Nexus online journal
The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)'s rich array of adult ESL professional development and print resources have been spotlighted in Nexus, an annual, peer-reviewed, online journal for teacher educators, developers, and trainers working in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Click here to read the profile of CAELA that was published in the November 2006 issue of Nexus.
SOPA Online Training Now Available
CAL has developed an online training course that teaches participants how to rate students' oral language using the Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA). SOPA Online Training is now available with the self-paced Introduction to SOPA. Learn more.
Discover Languages is a national campaign introduced by ACTFL to build on the momentum of 2005: The Year of Languages and to raise awareness of the importance of language learning and cultural understanding. In support of the Discover Languages campaign, CAL presents Spotlight on Language, a regular Web series that focuses on specific languages and CAL's related work.
The first Spotlight on Language, Arabic, is available now.
Multimedia Rater Training Program (MRTP) French version coming soon.
The MRTP is a computer-assisted professional development tool that teaches professionals to rate oral proficiency through authentic language samples from the Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI). CAL is expanding the available languages for the MRTP this winter. Learn more.
National K-12 Foreign Language Survey Underway
CAL has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Title VI International Research and Studies program, to conduct a national K-12 foreign language survey. This project will expand our knowledge, suggest needs for increased or improved foreign language instruction, and provide data to inform language education policy at the local, state, and national levels. Learn more.
Adolescent ELL Literacy Report Released
Double the Work: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners, was published by the Alliance for Excellent Education and released earlier this month. Learn more.
BEST Literacy now available.
BEST Literacy, CAL's updated version of the literacy skills section of the Basic English Skills Test (BEST), evaluates reading and writing skills in authentic situations chosen for their relevance to adult language learners in the United States. Learn more.
The Two-Way Immersion (TWI) Toolkit is now available as an online resource for teachers, parents, and administrators involved with TWI programs, particularly those at the elementary school level. It brings the principles of TWI to life through a Q&A on classroom instruction and through model lesson plans that showcase how effective instructional strategies play out in the two-way context. Browse the Toolkit.
New CAL Digest
The purpose of CAL's newest digest, Raising Bilingual Children: Common Parental Concerns and Current Research, is to help pediatricians, speech language pathologists, classroom teachers, and other professionals who work with bilingual children and their parents understand common parental concerns related to bilingual childrearing and become familiar with the current science on bilingual child development. Download a free copy.
National Literacy Panel Executive Summary Now Available
The report from the National Literacy Panel on Language Minority Children and Youth has been completed and will be published in Summer 2006. Read the executive summary of this important report.
CAL receives 2-Way CABE award for promoting bilingualism
CAL was honored to receive 2-Way CABE’s Promoting Bilingualism Award at the National Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Program Summer Conference in July 2006.
An affiliate of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), 2-Way CABE also acknowledged the contributions of CAL’s president, Dr. Donna Christian, in support of two-way immersion. We very much appreciate this award and the recognition of our colleagues. We look forward to working together in support of two-way immersion and bilingual education programs and policies in the years to come.
Guiding Principles Document Available for Public Comment
The Center for Applied Linguistics is pleased to announce that the document, Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, is available in draft form for public comment. Read more.
New Partnership Announced
CAL is a partner in the new Appalachian Regional Education Laboratory serving Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Read more.
New Cultural Orientation Digest
Cultural Orientation for Refugees provides a review of the recent history of refugee cultural orientation and a primer on overseas and domestic orientation efforts. Download a free copy.
Parenting for Academic Success: A Curriculum for Families Learning English
This research-based curriculum was designed to build the English language skills of parents learning English who have children in kindergarten through third grade. CAL developed this curriculum in collaboration with the National Center for Family Literacy and also wrote a paper outlining the research base underlying the curriculum. To read the paper, click here. For more information about the curriculum, visit www.delta-systems.com.
English for Heritage Language Speakers Web Site Launched
The Center for Applied Linguistics is working with the National Security Education Program to improve the English proficiency of U.S. heritage populations who have expertise in critical languages. To learn more, visit the EHLS Web site.
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