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August 20, 2009

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Developing Reading and Writing in Second-Language Learners
Lessons from the Report of the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children
and Youth

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New Web Pages Focus on South Asian Languages

Kids Visit the new South Asian Languages Web pages on the Heritage Languages in America Web site. These pages focus on the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of the geographical area of South Asia, which includes the Indian subcontinent and surrounding countries.

NCLRC LogoSouth Asian Languages K–12 Research
Study Funded

Anup Mahajan of National Capital Language Resource Center announces the award of an International Research and Studies grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The South Asian Languages K–12 Research Study, to be called DesiLearn, is designed to document and describe all K–12 programs for the following languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Marathi, Nepali, Panjabi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. We are looking for your help in identifying the heritage programs for these languages in the U.S. Learn more at the DesiLearn Web site.   

A Navajo Success Story: Heritage Language Revitalization in Magdalena, New Mexico

Navajo StudentsIn Magdalena, New Mexico, students have been improving their English and Navajo language skills. Through an innovative bilingual model of heritage language revitalization, Navajo students can receive instruction in English as a second language and in Navajo language and culture. Learn more.

Solutions for Educators Working with English Language Learners


CAL has been working for decades to develop research-based solutions for educators working with English learners. We offer a variety of quality professional development services to help teachers work more effectively with this growing segment of the U.S. student population.

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.

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Professional Development Solutions Using the SIOP Model
CAL collaborates with schools, states, 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. Visit our Web site to browse our SIOP resource collection and learn how CAL SIOP services can align with the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance on how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds may be spent. Learn more.

Report From Dual Language Researcher Convocation Now Available

Students Gathered Around TeacherDual language education researchers from across the U.S. held a convocation in November 2008 to define the most urgent research questions and issues in dual language education and discuss the need to develop a stronger community and infrastructure for dual language research. CAL was proud to be a co-sponsor of this event. Learn more and download a free PDF of the report from the convocation.

New Online Briefs
Download the Newest Brief From the CAELA Network
Teaching Pronunciation to Adult English Language Learners
This brief reviews features of English that can have an impact on the teaching and learning of English pronunciation, looks at current research on learner acquisition of pronunciation, and describes how teachers can implement the teaching of pronunciation in their classes.
Navajo Students Download the Newest Brief from CREATE
Response to Intervention and English Learners
Using a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework to guide instruction will allow teachers to provide specialized supplementary instruction and intensive intervention to students who need such additional assistance. This brief helps educators tailor the use of RTI to meet the needs of English learners.

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