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November 10, 2009

Conference Update
CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the ACTFL conference this month.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
November 20-22, 2009
San Diego, CA

Visit us at booth #1429

View CAL staff conference presentations.

Center for ASL/English Bilingual Education and Research (CAEBER) Conference
March 10-12, 2010
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

CAL is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming CAEBER conference, Bilingualism as a Resource: A Shared Vision for Educating Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Learners. Learn more.

Visit the CAL Web site to stay up-to-date on CAL at conferences.

Results of the National K–12 Foreign Language Survey Report Now Available

Foreign Language Teaching in US SchoolsForeign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools
CAL has completed a comprehensive survey of elementary and secondary school foreign language programs nationwide, gathering data on how our schools are meeting the need for language instruction to prepare global citizens. This report provides detailed information about the survey results and includes recommendations for increasing language capacity in the United States.

Learn more about the survey and download the executive summary.

Order online at the CAL Store.

The printing and production of this publication were made possible by the generous support of Santillana USA.

Foreign Language Resources

STARTALK Project Supports Education in Less Commonly Taught Languages

STARTALK is part of a presidential initiative to enhance the nation’s capacity to develop proficiency in critical languages.

Visit the STARTALK Web site to learn more.

COPI: 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.

Multimedia 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.

Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD)

The FLAD is a free searchable directory of information on nearly 200 tests in over 90 languages. 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.

Resources Focus on Language Proficiency Assessment in Grades K–8

CAL offers innovative language proficiency assessment instruments designed to allow young students to demonstrate their highest level of performance in oral fluency, grammar, vocabulary, and listening comprehension. Professional development workshops for CAL’s early language assessments—SOPA, ELLOPA, and COPE—provide training for educators on the effective use of these instruments. SOPA Online Training courses teach participants how to administer and rate students' oral language using the SOPA. Learn more.

COR Center Update

Cultural Orientation Resource Center Announces Expansion of Work

CAL is pleased to announce that the Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has selected our Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center to provide technical assistance on orientation and incoming refugee groups. The COR Center will expand its current activities to address the needs that arise after a newcomer’s initial resettlement experience. Provision of technical assistance during the three-year project period will include activities such as orientation capacity-building workshops, online workshops on orientation and new groups, development of brief publications, research into integration trends for select groups, and presentations at state and national conferences.

Watch the COR Center Web site for updates.

Publications Corner

Language by Video: An Overview of Foreign Language Instructional Videos for Children
This book describes how foreign language instructional videos are being used as a supplement or alternative to traditional language instruction for elementary school children. Learn more.


Lessons Learned: Model Early Foreign Language Programs
This book describes seven successful language programs that start in preschool or the elementary grades and continue through high school. Learn more.


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