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July 21, 2009


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Registration Now Open for the 2009 CREATE Conference

Improving Outcomes for English Language Learners: Oral Language and Literacy Learning Across the Curriculum

October 5 - 6, 2009 ē Austin, TX

The CREATE conference will highlight current research on methods for building literacy skills and oral language development for English language learners throughout the school curriculum.

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Oral Proficiency Assessments and Resources

Student Taking ExamLearn About CALís Online Oral Proficiency Assessment Training Course
ATOL (Assessment Training Online) is a moderated online training course that teaches participants about oral proficiency assessment for students learning foreign languages at the secondary, postsecondary, and professional levels. Offered periodically by CAL, the course also provides an introduction to our Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI) and Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI).

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Learn more about the SOPI and COPI.

SOPA Online TrainingSOPA Online Training Courses Available
Learn more about the online training courses that teach participants how to administer and rate K–8 studentsí oral language using the Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA).

BEST Plus LogoCALís Oral Proficiency Assessment for Adult English Language Learners
Available in both computer-adaptive and print-based versions, BEST Plus is a face-to-face oral interview that measures performance over the full range of proficiency levels represented in adult education programs in the United States. Read about our proficiency assessments for adult English language learners.

CAL Digests LogoDownload our latest digest on oral proficiency assessment:

Oral Proficiency Assessment: The Use of Technology in Test Development and Rater Training

Professional Development

What's Different Book CoverTraining of Trainers Institute on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
October 27-29, 2009 • Washington, DC
Registration Now Open
Training of Trainers Institutes are designed to help professional developers provide teachers with effective strategies for teaching reading to English language learners. The institutes are based on CAL’s professional development program, What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? The option to earn graduate credit is also available. Learn more and register.

Featured Publications

Sustaining Linguistic Diversity

Sustaining Linguistic Diversity: Endangered and Minority Languages and Language Varieties
Bringing together a diverse collection of papers by leading researchers and practitioners, Sustaining Linguistic Diversity describes efforts to maintain and revitalize languages and language varieties in the United States and around the globe. Learn more.

Expanding Educational Opportunity

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. Learn more.

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Educating Learners in Their Home Languages: Establishing and Maintaining Successful Programs
This document captures the essence of the longer report, Expanding Educational Opportunity in Linguistically Diverse Societies. It is intended for policy makers and others interested in establishing and maintaining primary education programs in students' home languages. Available in English, Spanish, and French. Learn more.

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