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View milestones of CAL's work over the last 50 years in the context of U.S. and world events and connect to relevant resources and information.

CAL in the News

Read article about CAL’s fiftieth anniversary and CAL's president, Donna Christian Q&A from the  January 2009 edition of The Language Educator, published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Congressional Recognition

CAL’s 50th Anniversary was officialy recognized in Congressional Record.

Read the remarks of Representative Rubén Hinojosa of Texas.


About CAL

Celebrating Fifty Years: 1959 - 2009

On February 16, 2009, the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) marked the 50th anniversary of its founding. This milestone presented a unique opportunity to focus renewed attention on the significant role of language and culture in our increasingly global society. Building on research, learning, and knowledge from its long history, CAL took a fresh look at the significant issues of language and culture that both unite and divide our world.

CAL50 Sponsors
CAL wishes to acknowledge and thank the following individuals and organizations for their support during its fiftieth anniversary celebration. View our sponsor list.

CAL50 Events
Using the theme of Applied Linguistics for a Changing World: Connecting Research and Practice, CAL undertook a number of public events designed to advance the pursuit of our mission. Learn more.

CAL50 Resources
One of the key objectives of CALís anniversary year was to assemble and disseminate resources that will benefit both research and practice and inform public understanding and greater acceptance of diversity of language and culture. Learn more.

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