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September 20, 2012

Spotlight on Conferences

East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) 2012 Conference
November 2-3, 2012
Washington, DC
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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2012 Annual Convention
Philadelphia, PA
November 16-18, 2012
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Professional Development

Training of Trainers Institute on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
November 12-14, 2012
New CAL SIOP Professional Development Manual coverThis institute is designed for specialists who provide professional development to educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners. Spend 3 days in Washington, DC, at our What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? training of trainers institute. Learn more.

Hot Topics in ELL Education Institute
December 3-5, 2012
Math and Science CoverJoin CAL in Washington, DC, for 3 days focused on key issues facing educators working with English language learners. Hot topics featured in this institute will include oral language and vocabulary development, and skills and strategies for math and science instruction.
Learn more.

SIOP Model Workshops for Coaches and Professional Development Staff
Instructional coaches and other professional development staff further develop their knowledge of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model and learn ways to guide and support others who are developing SIOP expertise. CAL staff can support these instructional leaders as they coach other teachers or develop and implement a professional development program for their schools. Visit our website to learn more.


New CAL SIOP Professional Development Manual coverUsing the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction,
2nd Edition

This updated and expanded professional development manual is designed to assist teacher educators, staff developers, and leaders at the school, district, and state levels as they prepare teachers of English language learners to use the SIOP Model. By incorporating these instructional models in their classroom, teachers can improve the language proficiency and grade-level content knowledge of their linguistically and culturally diverse students. Learn more.

Online Resources

Arabic Tutorial PhotoArabic Oral Proficiency: A Guide for Students
This free online tutorial helps high school and university-level students of Arabic understand and improve their oral proficiency. It teaches students how oral proficiency is rated according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines so that they can self-assess and set language learning goals. The tutorial features authentic examples of students speaking Arabic at different levels, tips and resources to improve oral proficiency, and student descriptions of their experiences being assessed and then using their Arabic to communicate abroad. View this new online resource.

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. The FLAD 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.

Heritage Language Education Resources: Dissertation and Thesis Abstracts
Arabic Tutorial PhotoTwo resources containing comprehensive lists of dissertation and thesis abstracts on the topics of heritage language education and Spanish heritage language education are now available. These resources are a collaborative effort between the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC, and the National Heritage Language Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Learn more about the heritage language education dissertation and thesis abstract collection.

Learn more about the Spanish heritage language education dissertation and thesis abstract collection.

CAL in the News

CAL in the News photoCAL Expert Supports Exemplary Bilingual Program in Federal Court
Dr. Beatriz Arias, Associate Vice President for Development at CAL, offered expert testimony in support of the exemplary bilingual education program at Elgin Area School District U-46 in Chicago, which has been defending itself against a lawsuit in federal court stemming from redistricting changes that started during the 2004-2005 school year. Dr. Arias testified that the Elgin school district’s bilingual program can serve as a model for other districts for their professional development plans. The curriculum for teachers and handbook for parents of English learners exemplify the district’s commitment to providing principals, teachers, and parents consistent information that helps to ensure a quality program for students. Read more.


CREATE LogoRegistration Now Open for the 2012 CREATE Conference

English Learners in Content Area Classes:
Teaching for Achievement in the Middle Grades

October 18-19, 2012
Orlando, FL

CREATE’s culminating conference will feature research on current methods for increasing academic rigor in the middle grades while supporting English learners’ language and literacy development in content area classes. CREATE researchers and other top scholars will present their work on projects related to CREATE’s program of research, the instructional implications of their research, and strategies for preparing English learners in the middle grades for college and career readiness. Learn more and register.

CAL Digests logoNew CREATE Brief Now Available

Using Literacy Coaching to Promote the Teaching and Learning of English Learners in Content Areas
This brief describes the literacy coaching that was provided as part of the CREATE research project aimed at improving the teaching and learning of English learners in seventh-grade content areas. Coaching was intended to extend professional development and increase teacher capacity through multiple layers of support that included lesson demonstrations, observations with feedback, and guided teacher reflection and goal setting. Read the brief online or download the PDF.


Publication Set: Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners, K-8Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners
The first in the Hot Topics in ELL Education professional development series, this workbook and companion video use real-world examples that demonstrate principles of instruction and practical strategies for working with English language learners. Learn more.

Publication: Improving Education for English Language Learners: Research-Based Approaches Improving Education for English Language Learners: Research-Based Approaches
This publication from the California Department of Education addresses critical questions for educators about optimizing English language and literacy development and content instruction. Learn more.

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
Connecting Diverse Cultures features practical and effective activity plans designed to help facilitators, teachers, and trainers increase understanding of and appreciation for other cultures and beliefs. Developed as a companion to the DVD Refugee Families and Youth in the United States, this practical and informative guide incorporates segments of the video into engaging activities. Learn more.

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