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September 16, 2010


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.

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New Video Guide

Publication: Connecting Diverse Cultures: A Video Guide for A New Day and Be Who You AreConnecting Diverse Cultures: A Video Guide for A New Day and Be Who You Are New!
A companion to our refugee families and youth DVD, A New Day and Be Who You Are, this guide incorporates segments of the videos into a selection of engaging activities designed to help increase the understanding of and respect for other cultures and beliefs. Connecting Diverse Cultures will assist teachers and facilitators in enhancing tolerance and multiculturalism in K–12 classrooms and in adult ESL classes.
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Oral Proficiency

COPI LogoCOPI: A Computer-Based Test of Arabic and Spanish Oral Proficiency
CAL developed the Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) as an alternative to the audiotape-mediated Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI). The COPI is a computer-based, semi-adaptive test of Arabic and Spanish oral proficiency intended for students in later years of high school, college students, and professionals. Learn more.

MRTP LogoMultimedia Rater Training Program (MRTP) Available in Three Languages
The MRTP is an interactive software program designed to teach professionals to rate oral language proficiency in Spanish, French, and German. Learn more.

Online Resources

CAL Digets LogoNew CAL Digest Available Online
Language, Diversity, and Learning: Lessons for Education in the 21st Century
This digest reviews changing demographics in language, ethnicity, culture, and customs in the U.S., offers ways for how we can learn from our nation’s history of language diversity, and provides suggestions for moving forward. Learn more.

CREATE Brief LogoNew CREATE Brief Available Online
Improving Science and Vocabulary Learning of English Language Learners
This brief reviews previous research related to the development of science knowledge and academic language in English language learners as well as the role of general English language proficiency, learning in a second language, and first language knowledge in science learning. It also describes two successful CREATE interventions that build general academic and discipline-specific vocabulary and science knowledge in English language learners. Learn more.

CAELA Network LogoNew CAELA Network Brief Available Online
Using Oral Language Skills to Build on the Emerging Literacy of Adult English Learners
This brief reviews the research, describes ways to capitalize on adult learners’ oral skills to create successful literacy learning experiences, and suggests areas for further research to bolster the knowledge base in working with adult second language learners who are in the process of becoming literate. Learn more.

Professional Development

Publication: Direct Strategies Institutes on Teaching Reading to English Language LearnersTraining of Trainers Institutes in Washington, DC: Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
October 6 – 8, 2010 December 6 – 8, 2010
Based on the What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? curriculum, training of trainers institutes are designed for trainers who plan to use the curriculum to provide professional development for educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners. Learn more and register.

Teacher and StudentProfessional 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. Learn more.

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