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October 20, 2011


Heritage Language Resources
CAL hosts the website for the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages, which provides access to information and resources of interest to heritage language communities and the field.

Visit the Heritage Languages in America website.

Heritage Program Database logo

Review Heritage Program Profiles Online
The Heritage Language Programs Database allows heritage language programs in community-based, K-12, and university settings to form a network to exchange ideas and resources with one another.

Browse the Heritage Language Programs Database or submit a heritage program profile.

English Language Learners

Tools for Educators Working With English Language Learners

Service Spotlight: Promoting Success in the Multilevel Classroom
Workshop participants learn about the causes, challenges, and advantages of providing instruction to adult learners in multilevel classrooms, develop strategies grounded in evidence-based practices, and create lessons plans. Learn more.

Visit our website to learn more and download free resources.

Enhance Your Ability to Provide Instruction to PreK-12 Students
Learning to Read in English

Adult ESL LogoProfessional Development Services Tailored to Meet Your Needs
CAL can work with you to offer workshops at your location and to tailor the What's Different? materials for your use. Learn more.

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

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.

TOT institutes provide specialists with everything they need to bring professional development to educators who teach reading in preK-12 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 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.
Learn more.

Publication: Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered InstructionUsing the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction
This manual is designed for teacher educators and professional developers who wish to teach others to use the SIOP Model in their classrooms. It serves as a companion to the video, The SIOP Model: Sheltered Instruction for Academic Achievement. Organized into 11 sections, the manual offers strategies, tools, and activities for instruction in the use of the SIOP components and provides reproducible masters for presentations and workshops. Learn more.

Publications of Interest

Publication: Redesigning English-Medium Classrooms: Using Research to Enhance English Learner AchievementRedesigning English-Medium Classrooms: Using Research to Enhance English
Learner Achievement

This book, published by the California Association for Bilingual Education, describes practical applications of the research reviewed in the publication, Improving Education for English Learners: Research-Based Approaches (published by the California Department of Education). It includes descriptions of program models, delivery of standards-based instructional services, approaches to enhancing core learning components (e.g., cooperative learning and global learning networks, and augmented/extended instruction). Learn more.

Publication: English Language Learners With Special Education Needs: Identification, Assessment, and InstructionEnglish Language Learners With Special Education Needs: Identification, Assessment, and Instruction
This book describes the challenges involved in identifying, placing, and teaching English language learners with special education needs. It describes model programs and approaches, including early intervention programs, assessment methods, parent-school collaboration, and native and dual language instruction. Learn more.

Publication: English Language Learners With Special Education Needs: Identification, Assessment, and InstructionLiteracy and Language Diversity in the United States, 2nd Edition
This updated edition looks at differences between the literacy performance and educational achievement of language minority students and native speakers of English in the United States, and at the social and educational policy debates that surround literacy in the 21st century. Learn more.

Publication: English Language Learners With Special Education Needs: Identification, Assessment, and InstructionRefugees From Iraq
This publication provides in-depth information about refugee groups from Iraq, describing the various ethnic and religious communities of Iraqi Arabs (both Sunni and Shi'a), Iraqi Christians, and others. Topics include history, conditions in countries of asylum, characteristics of the refugee population, cultural features of each of the different communities, religion, language, education, and resettlement consideration. Learn more.

Online Resources

CAL Digests logoAssessment Literacy for Language Educators New!
Margaret Malone, Senior Testing Associate at CAL, discusses four key concepts of assessment, describes free online resources that promote assessment literacy among language educators, and explores how these tools can be useful for all stakeholders.
Read the digest.

Browse CAL's digest collection.

Report From 2011 ACTFL-CEFR Conference now Available Online:
The Elements of Proficiency: An Emerging Consensus for Language Assessment
and Instruction

More than 40 language educators from the U.S. and Europe, including CAL staff members Dorry Kenyon and Margaret Malone, met recently in Provo, Utah, to explore common understandings about language proficiency as shared by the ACTFL and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Communities. This year's goals were to help practitioners all over the world to understand the essential elements of proficiency and how it is assessed. Learn more about the conference and read the report.

CAL Digests logoImproving Reading Across Subject Areas With Word Generation
This brief describes a quasi-experimental study of Word Generation, conducted in public middle schools in Boston. Word Generation is a robust vocabulary intervention that is implemented across key subject areas. The purpose of the program is to enhance students' vocabulary in support of improved reading comprehension. This 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.

Computer and GlobeConnect Online Through the CAL Website
The CAL website offers a links section that provides convenience access to online resources connected to our work or to issues related to language and culture. Learn more.

Conference Updates

2011 CREATE Conference: Educating Middle School English Language Learners
for College and Career Readiness

November 3 - 4, 2011
Austin, TX

Top scholars in the field will highlight current research on methods for building the literacy skills and oral language development of English language learners across the content areas. The agenda and presenter bios are now available online. Learn more and register.

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

CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the 2011 ACTFL conference.
Browse our list of presentations online.

3rd International Conference on Language, Education, and Diversity (LED 2011)
November 22 - 25, 2011 
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Terrence Wiley and Bernard Spolsky will present an LPREN-sponsored colloquium: Gaps Between Research Evidence and Language Education Policy. Terrence Wiley will also present on Assessing Educational Language Rights in the United States: Two Steps Back - One Forward. Learn more.

Learn more about this international conference which focuses specifically on the impact of increased cultural linguistic diversity, at both national and supranational levels, and its consequences for the theory, policy and practice of language education.  Visit the conference website.

Heritage Languages and Social Cohesion Conference
November 5, 2011
New York, NY

Joy Peyton will join a panel discussion to address the field of research today and how heritage language teaching and learning can address issues of social cohesion. Learn more.

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