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July 20, 2011


2011 CREATE Conference:
Educating Middle School English Language Learners for College and Career Readiness
November 3 – 4, 2011
Austin, TX

Top scholars in the field will highlight current research on methods for building the literacy skills and oral language development of English language learners across the content areas.

Learn more.

Adult ESL Resources

Adult ESL LogoServices Designed to Help Adult English Learners Succeed
CAL offers a variety of services for practitioners working with adult language learners. We can work with you to tailor a professional development plan to meet your needs and budget. Learn more about our services.

Featured Workshop: Designing and Delivering Workforce ESL Instruction
In this workshop, participants explore skills needed by adult English language learners to get, stay, and thrive in the workplace. The goal is for participants to develop and deliver effective lessons that will help learners acquire the communication skills needed in the workplace. Learn more.

    Download These Free Related Briefs

  • Promoting Learner Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Work: Developing Academic Skills From the Beginning
    Read the brief.

  • Understanding Adult ESL Content Standards
    Read the brief.

Professional Development

Institutes on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
CAL’s experienced staff specializes in using research-based, effective practices to improve educational outcomes for preK–12 English language learners. Institutes on teaching reading to English language learners, featuring What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?, are offered periodically in Washington, DC. We can also work with you to offer these and other services at your location. Learn more.

Professional Development Services 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 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 settings.

Visit our website to learn more.

Logo: ELAUpcoming SOPA Online Training Courses
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 Introduction to SOPA and the Rating the SOPA online training courses. Learn more.

Foreign Language Assessment Directory

The Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD) is a free online, searchable directory of information on nearly 200 tests (preK-adult) in over 90 languages that serves as a starting point for teachers and educators to search for foreign language assessments.
Search the directory.

    Companion resources to the FLAD:

  • Understanding Assessment: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators
    This companion online tutorial for the FLAD introduces concepts in language testing to help with selecting tests and using test results appropriately and efficiently. Learn more.
  • Moderated User Review
    CAL has developed a moderated user review for the FLAD, where users can review tests, read comments, and learn best practices from other users to inform their decisions about testing programs. Learn more.

Publications of Interest

Publication: What Teachers Need to Know About Language
What Teachers Need to Know About Language
Teachers need deep, broad knowledge about language to support their students’ language and literacy development. Five commentaries on this topic, from the perspective of early childhood education, teacher certification, and teacher preparation and professional development, point out the value of improving educators’ understanding about language. Learn more.

Publication: Chinese as a Heritage Language: Fostering Rooted World CitizenryChinese as a Heritage Language: Fostering Rooted World Citizenry
Thirty-two scholars examine the sociocultural, cognitive-linguistic, and educational-institutional trajectories along which Chinese as a heritage language may be acquired, maintained, and developed. This volume from the National Foreign Language Resource Center in Hawaii will engage all those interested in the teaching and learning of Chinese, from teachers to parents to the students themselves. Learn more.

Publication: The Five-Minute Linguist: Bite-Sized Essays on Language and Languages
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.

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