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October 15, 2009
Spotlight on CAL

CAL will be presenting
and exhibiting at the
ACTFL convention.
Learn more. 

American Council on
the Teaching of
Foreign Languages

November 20-22, 2009
San Diego, CA

Featured Presentations

Building the Foreign Language Capacity We Need
Presenters include staff member Margaret Malone

This presentation describes the needs for speakers of languages other than English in the United States and recommends strategies to address them.

Chinese for Children: A Culturally-Rich and Proficiency-Focused K-3 Curriculum
Presenters include staff member Chengbin Yin

Vignettes of culturally rich thematic units are shared to bring alive this innovative Chinese curriculum.

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Results From the National K–12 Foreign Language Survey

CAL surveyed public and private elementary and secondary schools across the country to identify current patterns and shifts in foreign language education over time. The survey report is scheduled for release in late November.

FL Survey CoverLearn more and view preliminary findings.

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Mark your calendar to attend CAL’s presentation on the survey results at the November 2009 ACTFL convention in San Diego.

Voices From Schools: What Educators Are Saying About Language Teaching
Nancy Rhodes & Ingrid Pufahl
Friday, November 20, 2009

CAL will present qualitative results of the National K–12 Foreign Language Survey, discussing with audience members what educators at public and private elementary and secondary schools say about key issues in foreign language education, including the impact of NCLB, teacher shortages, national standards, and future plans.

Online Resources

CAL American Dialects Collection Now Available Online

In 1986, CAL donated its collection of American English Dialect Recordings to the Library of Congress. Until recently, the collection was accessible only by visiting the Library. Thanks to their digitization, the 118 hours of dialect recordings are now available online.
Learn more.

Two Way Immersion


Visit Our Revamped TWI Web Pages
CAL has a variety of resources available for researchers and educators interested in two-way immersion programs, including publications and an online directory. Visit the revamped TWI Web pages.

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CAL's TWI Bulletin includes information about current dual language and two-way immersion news, publications, and events.  Read the latest edition.


Educating English Language Learners: A Synthesis of Research EvidenceEducationg english language learners: a synthesis of research evidence.  A publication.

Educating English Language Learners, prepared under the auspices of the Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE), provides an extensive review of research concerning the learning processes and outcomes of English language learners in U.S. schools, from prekindergarten through Grade 12. Learn more.

From Spanish to English: Reading and Writing for English Language Learners Kindergarten Through Third Grade
From Spanish to English: Reading and Writing for English Language Learners Kindergarten through third grade

This book and two companion CDs were developed to help ease the challenge of teaching English language learners in Grades K-3 to read and write in English by providing real-life examples, analyses, and instructional strategies. Learn more.

Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Reading to English Language Learners Institutes Set for 2010
In response to growing requests from K8 educators for training materials on teaching reading to English language learners, CAL will offer four institutes in Washington, DC, in 2010.

Register Today!

Training of Trainers Institutes
January 26–28, 2010
May 24–26, 2010
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Direct Strategies Institutes
June 22–24, 2010
July 20–22, 2010

Visit our Web site to learn more to register today for any of the upcoming 2010 institutes.

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