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May 11, 2010


Spotlight on Publications

Expanding Educational Opportunity in Linguistically Diverse Societies

Publication Cover: Expanding Educational Opportunity in Linguistically Diverse Societies

This report reviews programs in 13 countries, all of which have been successful in some ways in expanding educational opportunity in their linguistically diverse societies. Brochures that capture the essence of the report are also available.

Learn more.

Helping Educators Work Effectively With English Language Learners

SIOP LogoCAL collaborates with schools, states, and districts to design and conduct SIOP professional development programs that 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. Learn more.

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Lesson Plans

View the CAL SIOP collection of lesson plans from our research and professional development projects. Learn more.

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Using the SIOP Model to Improve Middle School Science Instruction
This brief 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 in the context of middle school science.

Read the brief online or download the PDF.

Boost the English Language Development and Academic Achievement of English Language Learners

CAL Solutions LogoCALís knowledgeable staff specializes in using research-based, effective practices to improve educational outcomes for students learning English, drawing on years of experience in the classroom to personalize services for you. Learn more.

Three-Day Direct Strategies Institutes on Reading in June and July in D.C.
June 22-24, 2010 and July 20 Ė 22, 2010
CAL invites teachers to come to Washington, D.C., this summer to develop a new understanding of how teaching reading to students learning English as a second language differs from teaching reading to English-proficient students. Teachers will leave with an abundance of strategies to help the English language learners in their classes learn to read and achieve success in school. Learn more and register.

Resources for Practitioners Working With Adults Learning English

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CAELA Network State Activities
CAELA Network LogoLearn 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.

Man at ComputerNew CAELA Network Briefs

  • Evidence-Based, Student-Centered Instructional Practices
  • Promoting Learner Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Work: Developing Academic Readiness Skills From the Beginning

Read the briefs online or download the PDFs.

Visit the CAELA Network Web site.

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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.

Adult English Proficiency Assessments
BEST Plus and BEST Literacy LogoBEST Literacy and BEST Plus address the needs of adult English language learners by providing assessment options that reliably demonstrate student progress.
View a brief video about these assessments.

Foreign Language Assessments

COPI LogoCOPI: A Computer-Based Test of Arabic and Spanish Oral Proficiency
The Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) is a computer-based, semi-adaptive test of Arabic and Spanish oral proficiency intended for high school juniors and seniors, college students, and professionals. Learn more.

MRTP LogoMultimedia Rater Training Program (MRTP) Available in Three Languages
The MRTP is an interactive software program designed to teach professionals to rate oral language proficiency in Spanish, French, and German. Learn more.


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