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June 20, 2013


ILTA Best Article Award
CAL staff members Dorry M. Kenyon and David MacGregor are among the recipients of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) Best Article Award. This award is given annually for an article that makes a significant contribution to the field of language testing. The winning article, “Issues in Vertical Scaling of a K-12 English Language Proficiency Test,” also includes authors Dongyang Li, who was an intern at CAL when he contributed to this article, and H. Gary Cook. It appeared in the July 2011 issue of the journal Language Testing (Vol. 28, No. 3).

Visit the ILTA website to learn more.

Professional Development

CAL Institutes: Professional Development Opportunities in Washington, DC
CAL is continuing to expand its successful series of professional development institutes focusing on key issues for educators. CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical hands-on tools, and help teachers develop classroom activities that target the academic language demands of the Common Core State Standards.

Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners
July 12, 2013

Teaching Reading to Students Learning English - Direct Strategies
August 6-8, 2013

Visit our website to learn more and register.

Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Services From CAL
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 CAL SIOP team can provide a range of services, including SIOP workshops, coaching, site visits, and technical assistance, to create a sustainable SIOP professional development plan. CAL also offers professional development in the SIOP Model for adult language learners.
Visit our website to learn more.

Hot Topics logoNew Professional Development Resources: Hot Topics in ELL Education

CALís new Hot Topics in ELL Education resources are designed to meet the rising demand for practical, research-based strategies to address critical issues in ELL education. The first two professional development offerings in the series, Listening & Speaking and Math & Science, help teachers provide instruction that targets the demands of the Common Core State Standards for learners at the early levels of English language proficiency. Learn more.


Assessment for Language Instructors photoAssessment for Language Instructors: The Basics Online Course Now Available
CAL is offering a free online training course that teaches world language instructors about the fundamentals of assessment. Learn more.

COPI's logoA Computer-Based Test of Oral Proficiency Available in Modern Standard
Arabic and Spanish

The Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (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. CAL developed the COPI as an alternative to the audiotape-mediated Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI). Learn more.

Online Resources

New CAL-WIDA Website Launched
This new website provides information about CAL-WIDA collaborative activities and provides links to useful information from both organizations. Much of the focus of the website is in the assessment arena, where CAL combines its applied linguistics knowledge, commitment to linguistically diverse students, long and rich experience in language testing, and computerized testing expertise to help WIDA produce exceptional assessments of English language proficiency for national and international use. Browse the new website.

Project EXCELL logoThe GO TO Strategies: Scaffolding Options for Teachers of English Language
Learners, K-12

CAL provided professional development and technical assistance focused on better preparing faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education and teachers in North Kansas City Schools to provide effective instruction to English language learners. The GO TO Strategies, an outcome of the project, is available for free download. Learn more.

Featured Publications

Welcome to the United States coverWelcome to the United States: Refugee Resettlement Welcome Package
The Welcome package includes Welcome to the United States: A Guidebook for Refugees (English) and Welcome to the United States: Refugee Guide to Resettlement Orientation Video (DVD, English).

Developed to provide refugees with information to help them adjust to life in the United States, these resources are also of interest to new immigrants, service providers, and receiving communities. Versions of the Welcome package in Arabic, Burmese, and Nepali are coming soon. Learn more.


New SIOP Classroom Video From CAL

SIOP in Action: Instructional Videos Featuring Complete SIOP Lessons at Three
Grade Levels

Three videos, available on one DVD with a companion viewers guide, illustrate three SIOP lessons at different grade levels: second grade, eighth grade, and high school/GED. Designed to deepen understanding of SIOP Model implementation at the classroom level and to support professional development initiatives, these videos are also used in CAL SIOP professional development workshops and online learning. Learn more and watch a video clip.


Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism coverFoundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 5th Edition
The fifth edition of this bestselling book from Multilingual Matters provides a comprehensive introduction to bilingualism and bilingual education. In a compact and clear style, its 19 chapters cover all the crucial issues in bilingualism at individual, group, and national levels. Learn more.

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