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November 10, 2011

Spotlight

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

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


Visit us at booth #7025

View CAL staff presentations at ACTFL.


Visit our website to stay up to date on CAL at conferences.

Foreign Language Resources

Tools for Rating Oral Proficiency

A Computer-Based Test of Oral Proficiency Available in Modern Standard Arabic and Spanish
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 Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish oral proficiency intended for high school junior and seniors, college students, and professionals. A COPI in Mandarin Chinese is currently in development. 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 French, German, or Spanish. Development of a Modern Standard Arabic MRTP is underway. Learn more.


Directory of Foreign Language Immersion Programs in U.S. Schools: Update Complete

CAL has updated this comprehensive directory of elementary, middle, and high schools that teach all or part of their curriculum through a second language. The directory was first compiled by CAL in 1981 and has been updated many times since then. We invite you to browse the current directory, which includes 22 languages and more than 400 schools. Access the online directory.


Publication: Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National SurveyForeign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey
CAL surveyed public and private elementary and secondary schools across the country to identify current patterns and shifts over time in foreign language education. 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 order the report.


Professional Development

ELA LogoSOPA Online Training Courses Set for January 2012
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. SOPA Online Training courses teach participants how to administer and rate students' oral language using the SOPA (Student Oral Proficiency Assessment) or the ELLOPA (Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment).

Registration is open for the January Moderated Introduction to the SOPA and Rating the SOPA online courses. Learn more and register.


Adult ESL LogoInstitutes on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
CAL’s experienced staff specializes in using research-based, effective practices to improve educational outcomes for preK-12 English language learners. Institutes on teaching reading to English language learners, featuring What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?, are offered periodically in Washington, DC. We can also work with you to offer these and other services at your location. Learn more.


Using the SIOP Model - Professional Development Services From CAL
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 language learners.
Visit our website to learn more.


Online Resources

Foreign Language Assessment Directory
The Foreign Language Assessment Directory is a free searchable directory of information on over 200 tests in more than 90 languages and serves as a starting point for teachers and educators to search for foreign language assessments.

Visit www.cal.org/flad for more information and to search the directory.

Heritage Language in America logoHeritage Language Programs Database
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. Program staff can easily document their program and search for others.

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

LPREN logoLanguage Policy Research Network
CAL hosts the Language Policy Research Network (LPREN), created in 2006 by the Research Networks Committee of the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (International Association of Applied Linguistics).

Visit the LPREN website to learn more or to join the email discussion group.


Publications of Interest

Language by Video: An Overview of Foreign Language Instructional Videos for ChildrenLanguage 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.

Publication: Chinese as a Heritage Language: Fostering Rooted World CitizenryChinese as a Heritage Language: Fostering Rooted World Citizenry
Thirty-two scholars examine the sociocultural, cognitive-linguistic, and educational-institutional trajectories along which Chinese as a heritage language may be acquired, maintained, and developed. This volume from the National Foreign Language Resource Center in Hawaii will engage all those interested in the teaching and learning of Chinese, from teachers to parents to the students themselves. Learn more.


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