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November 13, 2012


Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center - New Website Launched

The COR Center has launched
a new website designed to improve navigation and showcase the many resources
available for a variety of
audiences on refugees
and their orientation.

Browse our new website.

Arabic Resources

Tools for Rating Oral Proficiency

COPI's logoA 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. Learn more.

COPI's logoMultimedia Rater Training Program (MRTP) Now Available in Modern Standard Arabic
The MRTP is a computer-assisted professional development tool that serves as a companion to the COPI, described above. The MRTP teaches professionals to rate oral proficiency according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, using over 190 authentic language samples from the COPI. The MRTP is also available in French, German, and Spanish. Learn more.

Hot Topics logoArabic 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.

Professional Development

Math and Science CoverHot Topics in ELL Education Institute
December 3-5, 2012
Join CAL's experienced professional development staff in Washington, DC, for 3 days focused on key issues facing educators working with English language learners, including connections with the Common Core State Standards. Hot topics featured in this institute will include the development of oral language in the content areas and the language needed for success in math and science instruction. Learn more and register.

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

ELA LogoEarly Language Assessments Workshops: Using the SOPA, ELLOPA, and COPE
CAL offers professional development workshops on our innovative early language assessments—SOPA, ELLOPA, and COPE—and provides training for educators on the effective use of these instruments. Learn more.

Online Resources

New CREATE Brief Available

CAL Digests logoEffective Practices for Increasing the Achievement of English Learners
This research brief highlights two schools’ efforts to improve the achievement of their students using the SIOP Model. These schools, one elementary and one secondary, have seen significant improvement in the performance of their English learners through the use of the SIOP Model of instruction, an approach that addresses both academic language development and access to content. The brief outlines how each school has implemented the model and supported teachers through job-embedded professional development.
Read the brief online or download the PDF.

ELA LogoNational Consortium of Language Program Databases
The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, working under the auspices of the STARTALK project, has established the National Consortium of Language Program Databases hosted by CAL. The Consortium is pleased to launch the prototype for the Online Language Programs Directory as part of CAL’s work for the STARTALK project. Visitors to the website can search the directory for snapshot data from two of the Consortium partners, providing a proof-of-concept for possible future activities. Learn more.

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. Learn more.


Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools coverForeign 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.

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.

The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language
The book provides a wealth of information for parents interested in providing their children with the benefits of learning more than one language. Learn more.


Conference Updates

National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention
November 15-20, 2012
Las Vegas, NV

Lauren Artzi and Jennifer Himmel will participate on the panel Academic Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Learners: Research-Based Practices for Improving Literacy Instruction in Grades K-8. This panel will describe three research-based approaches developed at the Center for Applied Linguistics that are effective for K-8 literacy instruction for English learners and others who struggle with academic English.
Learn more.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2012 Annual Convention
November 16-18, 2012
Philadelphia, PA

CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the 2012 ACTFL conference. Visit us at booth #812.
Browse our list of presentations online.


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