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Timeline

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1959 - 1969
CAL Events Date U.S. and World Events
  1957

Rocket Sputnik Launched

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  1958

U.S. Capital Building National Defense Education Act

U.S. Capital Building CAL Founded Arrow

Dr. Charles A Ferguson named CAL's first president

Linguistic Reporter Cover Image Linguistic Reporter, newsletter for the applied linguistics field, is launched

Conference on English Teaching Abroad

1959  
  1960

U.S. foreignborn population reaches 9.7 million

  1961

Peace Corps is created

Conference on EFL/ESL testing

U.S. Capital BuildingCAL becomes independent, non-profit organization Arrow

1964

U.S. Capital Building Economic Opportunity Act of 1964

U.S. Capital Building Civil Rights Act of 1964

CAL conducts survey of Masterís degree ESL/EFL programs focusing attention on the need to establish standards for these programs.

1965

Elementary & Secondary Education Act

ERIC Clearinghouse on Applied Linguistics and the Uncommonly Taught Languages (1966-1969)

Statute of LibertyThe Social Stratification of English in New York City
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1966

TESOL Created Arrow

Adult Education Act

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

BooksCAL begins work on language textbooks for the Peace Corps Arrow

1967

ACTFL Created

1968

U.S. Capital BuildingBilingual Education Act

Urban Language program

Teaching English to Speakers of Choctaw, Navajo and Papago Arrow

1969

TESOL Created


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