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January 14, 2010

Report From the National K–12 Foreign Language Survey

Foreign Language Suvey Publication

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 provides detailed information about the survey results and includes recommendations for increasing language capacity in the United States.

Learn more about the survey and read the executive summary.

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CAL SIOP Bulletin  

The CAL SIOP team has launched an electronic newsletter, CAL SIOP Bulletin, which will provide periodic updates about CAL SIOP including publications, resources, and services. CAL Siop bulletin

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CAL50 Resources

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.

Linguistic Reporter Available in PDF
CAL has created a public electronic archive that includes all issues of its first newsletter, the Linguistic Reporter which was published from 1959 to 1982. Each issue reported on applied linguistics news, events, and research at CAL and nationwide that we believe is still relevant and of interest to our Web visitors. Learn more.

View the Video From the CAL50 Symposium
In March 2009, CAL assembled a distinguished panel of scholars to discuss the power of language in a diverse society. We have posted video from the presentations and accompanying PowerPoint slides to make the information shared at the symposium available to our Web visitors.

View the video.

Visit the CAL50 Web site to learn more about our anniversary activities and travel the timeline to view milestones of our work.

Newcomer Update

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. The database includes middle and high school newcomer programs that serve students in 23 states. The program profiles provide information on student newcomer demographics, program design, instruction and assessment, student transitions, staffing, family connections, and social networks. This study is part of a program of research being conducted by CAL for the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Search the database. Database search categories include state, school level, program type, program length, and more.

Complete the survey. Additional programs are still welcome to participate. If your middle or high school newcomer program would like to take part in the survey, complete the survey online or contact Beverly Boyson if you prefer a hard copy or Word file.


First International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages
February 19-21, 2010
Los Angeles, CA

Major developments in the heritage language field are occurring in both the United States and the European Union. This conference will assemble prominent scholars to present keynote addresses and will convene panels covering a spectrum of issues pertaining to heritage languages in communities and in K–16 classrooms. Learn more about the conference.

Join CAL’s Heritage Alliance staff at their presentation: Developing and Maintaining Vital, Sustainable Heritage Language Programs. Learn more.

Mark Your Calendars!
CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the following conferences in March 2010. Learn more.

merican Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
March 6-9, 2010, Atlanta, GA

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
March 24-27, 2010, Boston, MA


The Five-Minute Linguist: Bite-Sized Essays on Language and Languages
In 60 bite-sized chapters, this publication from Equinox Publishing provides authoritative answers to intriguing and frequently asked questions about language. Chapters were contributed by a cross-section of leading language professionals, including current and former CAL staff members and trustees. Learn more.


Learning to Read Across Languages: Cross-Linguistic Relationships in
First- and Second-Language Literacy Development

This book from Routledge, co-authored by a member of CAL's staff, examines how learning to read occurs in diverse languages and explores how literacy in a second language is acquired by learners who have achieved at least basic reading skills in their first language. Learn more.

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