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June 16, 2011


Assessment Webinar

Integrating Performance Assessment Into World Language Learning and Teaching

Through the Language Acquisition Research Center, CAL staff member Margaret Malone delivered a webinar on the purposes and uses of performance assessment in world language classrooms.

Learn more.

Foreign Language Resources

Directory of Foreign Language Immersion Programs in U.S. Schools: Update Underway
CAL is updating this comprehensive directory of elementary, middle, and high schools that teach all or part of their curriculum through a second language. The directory was first compiled by CAL in 1981 and has been updated many times. The latest update is expected to be concluded later this year. We invite you to browse the current directory, which includes 22 languages and over 400 schools. Access the online directory.

Tools for Assessing and Rating Oral Proficiency

COPI LogoCOPI: A Computer-Based Test of Oral Proficiency
Available in Modern Standard Arabic and Spanish

CAL developed the Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) as an alternative to the audiotape-mediated Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI). The COPI is a computer-based, semi-adaptive test of Modern Standard Arabic or 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 French, German, and Spanish. Learn more.

Publication: Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National SurveyForeign 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 order the report.

Adult ESL Resources

Photo of girl bicyclingPedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum
CAL developed curriculum modules on pedestrian and bicycle safety for use in programs for adult English language learners. The materials are intended to help teachers and volunteers convey key messages about safety to new immigrants learning English and to encourage the adults to pass the safety messages to their children and other family members. Modules are available for both beginning and intermediate levels and include instructor manuals, student workbooks, and audio clips. Learn more.

Logo: ELL-UELL-U Training Workshop: Developing Oral Proficiency in Adults Learning English
June 25, 2011, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
CAL adult ESL education staff are working with ELL-U, a professional development network for educators working with adult English language learners, to provide workshops and training on topics of interest to the field. Miriam Burt and Sarah Young will facilitate an ELL-U training event in June.

Visit the ELL-U website to learn more and register.

Logo: Adult ESL

Services for Practitioners Working With Adult English Language Learners
CAL offers a variety of professional development and technical assistance services focusing on key topics in the instruction of adult English language learners. Learn more.

Professional Development

Enhance Your Ability to Provide Instruction to Students Learning to Read in English
Spend 3 days this summer in Washington, DC, at one of our institutes on teaching reading to students with language backgrounds other than English. The institutes feature the research-based professional development curriculum, What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?

Training of Trainers (TOT) Institute
July 11 – 13, 2011
Direct Strategies Institutes

July 19 – 21, 2011

Watch our website for information on upcoming Fall 2011 What’s Different? institute dates.

Publication: Whats Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English
Services Tailored to Meet Your Needs

CAL can also work with you to offer these institutes at your location and to tailor the What’s Different? materials for your use.

Visit our website to learn more and register.

Teacher and StudentProfessional Development Solutions Using the SIOP Model
CAL collaborates with schools 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, to create a sustainable CAL SIOP professional development plan. Visit our website to learn more.

CAL SIOP Case Study: Spotlight on Fresno
Fresno Unified School District has partnered with CAL SIOP to provide content-based professional development in the SIOP Model to all of its secondary math and sheltered instruction teachers, site administrators, English language development coaches, instructional coaches, and content coordinators.

To learn more, read the CAL SIOP Case Study.

Logo: ELAModerated SOPA Online Training Courses Set for September
CAL offers innovative language proficiency assessment instruments designed to allow young students to demonstrate their highest level of performance in oral fluency, grammar, vocabulary, and listening comprehension. SOPA Online Training courses teach participants how to administer and rate students' oral language using the SOPA (Student Oral Proficiency Assessment) or the ELLOPA (Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment). Registration is open for the September moderated SOPA Online Training courses. Learn more.


Resources on Dialects

American Voices: How Dialects Differ From Coast to Coast

This collection of articles by prominent dialect researchers provides a fascinating look at the full range of American dialects. Written for lay readers, these articles make information about dialects accessible to non-linguists and give readers a fresh understanding of language diversity.
Learn more.

Dialect Resources: Talking NC
Educational Media From the North Carolina Language and Life Project

Publication: Talking NC Educational Media From the North Carolina Language and Life Project North Carolina is one of the most linguistically diverse states in the United States, reflecting a wide variety of regional and sociocultural English dialects as well as an assortment of ancestral and immigrant languages. The North Carolina Language and Life Project has developed a series of documentaries and related publications on language variation in North Carolina and the American South. Walt Wolfram, former Chair of CAL’s Board of Trustees, has directed the development and distribution of these valuable resources.
Learn more.

photo of a man walking on campus
African American English Bibliography

CAL has amassed a bibliography of more than 650 print references related to African American English. Learn more.

Read more about dialect resources at CAL.

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