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January 12, 2011


Report From the National
K–12 Foreign Language Survey

Publication: Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey

Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey
CAL surveyed public and private elementary and secondary schools across the country to identify current patterns and shifts over time in foreign language education.
This report offers complete survey results along with recommendations for developing rigorous, long-sequence, K–12 programs designed to help students achieve high levels of language proficiency.

Learn more about the survey and read the executive summary.

Order the full report online at the CAL Store.

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Attaining High Levels of Proficiency: Challenges for Foreign Language Education in the United States

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Connect Online Through the CAL Website

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The CAL website offers a links section that provides convenient access to online resources connected to our work or to issues related to language and culture. Learn more.

New CREATE Brief Available
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Effective Social Studies Instruction to Promote the Knowledge Acquisition and Vocabulary Learning of English Language Learners in the Middle Grades
This brief explains a CREATE intervention that incorporates literacy and language development activities in social studies instruction. It describes lessons designed to increase English language learners' social studies knowledge while simultaneously improving their vocabulary acquisition and overall reading comprehension.

Read the brief online or download the PDF.

Professional Development

Teacher and StudentProfessional Development Solutions Using the SIOP Model
CAL collaborates with schools, states, and districts to design and conduct SIOP professional development programs that will meet their particular needs. Informed by CAL's ongoing research, our experienced SIOP team can provide a range of services, including SIOP workshops, coaching, site visits, and technical assistance.

Visit our website to browse our resource collection and to read a news article about CAL SIOP work with Sugarland Elementary.

Upcoming SOPA Online Training Courses
Learn about the Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA) through interactive lessons led by an experienced trainer. Registration is now open for Moderated Introduction to the SOPA, an online training course slated to begin in January. Specific course dates are set when a minimum number of teachers (usually 12 – 15) have enrolled.
Learn more and register.

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For future course availability, bookmark the Early Language Assessment website.

Publication: What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?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, CAL is continuing its successful series of institutes on teaching reading to English language learners in 2011.

Training of Trainers Institute
Coming in May 2011
Direct Strategies Institute
Coming in Summer 2011

Watch our website to learn more and register.

Publications of Interest

Publication: Linguistic Landscape in the CityLinguistic Landscape in the City
This book focuses on linguistic landscapes in present-day urban settings. In a wide-ranging collection of case studies and comparisons of major world cities, the authors investigate both the forces that shape linguistic landscape and the impact of the linguistic landscape on the wider social and cultural reality. A chapter on suburban Asian communities in Arizona was co-authored by CAL President Terrence G. Wiley. Learn more.

Publication: The Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United StatesThe Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United States
This publication brings together well-known experts on immigrant and language minority education in the United States with the goal of informing educational policy and practice. Co-edited by CAL President Terrence G. Wiley, this collection has immediate application for educators and policy makers and will be of value to students and researchers interested in the education of immigrant language minority students. Learn more.

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