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August 17, 2011


Conference Update
CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the 2011 ACTFL conference.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2011 Annual Convention
November 18 20, 2011
Denver, CO

Browse our list of presentations online.

Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey


Learn more about the survey and order the report.

Professional Development

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.

Adult ESL LogoServices Designed to Help Adult English Learners Succeed

Spotlight: 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. We can work with you to tailor a professional development plan to meet your needs and budget. Learn more.

Enhance Your Ability to Provide Instruction to
Students Learning to Read in English
Spend 3 days in Washington, DC, at one of our Training of Trainers (TOT) institutes on teaching reading to students with language backgrounds other than English.

What's Different? Training of Trainers Institutes
October 25 – 27, 2011
November 30 – December 2, 2011

These TOT institutes will provide specialists with everything they need to bring professional development to educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners. The institutes feature the research-based professional development curriculum, What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? A graduate credit option is also available. Learn more and register.

Professional Development 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. 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 two online training courses that will begin in September: Moderated Introduction to SOPA and Rating the SOPA. Learn more.


CREATE LogoNew Brief Now Available Online

Improving Reading Across Subject Areas With Word Generation
This brief describes a study of Word Generation, a robust vocabulary intervention implemented across key subject areas, that was conducted in middle schools in Boston. The brief outlines the details of the intervention and explains how it increases the vocabulary development of all students, including English language learners.

Read the brief online or download the PDF.

Registration Now Open for the 2011 CREATE Capstone Conference

Educating Middle School English Language Learners
for College and Career Readiness
November 3 - 4, 2011
Austin, TX

The 2011 CREATE capstone conference will highlight current research on methods for building the literacy skills and oral language development of English language learners across the content areas. Join prominent researchers to learn about a school-wide intervention targeting the needs of seventh grade English language learners in key subject areas.

Learn more and register.

Publications of Interest

Publication: Immersion Education: Practices, Policies, PossibilitiesImmersion Education: Practices, Policies, Possibilities
This publication from Multilingual Matters showcases the practice and promise of immersion education through in-depth investigations of program designs, implementation practices, and policies in one-way, two-way and indigenous programs. Contributors, including CAL senior fellow Donna Christian and CAL trustee Fred Genesee, present new research and reflect on possibilities for strengthening practices and policies in immersion education. Learn more.

Pathways to Multilingualism: Evolving Perspectives on Immersion Education
This publication from Multilingual Matters features a series of articles grounded in research that demonstrate what can be done to make immersion education an effective pathway to multilingualism and academic success. Contributors include CAL senior fellow Donna Christian, CAL trustee Fred Genesee, and CAL consultant Elizabeth Howard. Learn more.

Publication: Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 2nd Edition
Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 2nd Edition

Grounded in evidence from research and best practices, the guiding principles described in this CAL publication were developed to help dual language programs with planning and ongoing implementation. Learn more.


Language Policy

LPREN LogoLanguage Policy Research Network
CAL hosts the Language Policy Research Network (LPREN), created in 2006 by the Research Networks Committee of the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (International Association of Applied Linguistics).

Visit the LPREN website to learn more or to join the email discussion group.

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