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November 16, 2010


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

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
November 19-21, 2010
Boston, MA

Visit us at booth #2021

View CAL Staff presentations at ACTFL.

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

CAL’s Board of Trustees Issues Statement on the Critical Need for Foreign Language Education in the United States
Our nation’s capacity to maintain national security, promote international cooperation, compete effectively in a global economy, and enhance our domestic well-being depends on our ability to communicate effectively in other languages and across cultures. In response to the findings of CAL’s recent survey of foreign language education in U.S. schools, CAL’s Board of Trustees has issued a statement concerning the vital importance of foreign language education and calls on all stakeholders to work collaboratively to address this critical issue. Read the statement.

Publication: Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey

Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey

Learn more about the survey and order the report.

Tools for Rating Oral Proficiency

COPI LogoCOPI: 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 high school junior and seniors, college students, and professionals. Learn more.

MRTP LogoMultimedia 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.

STARTALK LogoSTARTALK Multimedia Teacher Workshop Collection
This collection features 12 online, multimedia workshops designed for language educators to improve their skills in critical areas. CAL’s contribution, Assessment for Language Instructors: The Basics, is a computer-based workshop that focuses on assessment training for language educators. Learn more.

Bernard Spolsky Named 2010 Ferguson Fellow

Dr. Bernard Spolsky is a distinguished scholar in applied linguistics, with particular expertise in educational linguistics, language policy and management, and language assessment. In 2000, he was appointed Professor Emeritus at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, following an illustrious career and many contributions to the field. He also served on CAL’s Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1980. Dr. Spolsky will be in residence at CAL from October through December 2010.

The Charles A. Ferguson Fellowship was established in honor of CAL's founder and first director. This fellowship allows CAL to invite senior scholars in applied linguistics to spend time in residence at CAL pursuing their own work and advising on CAL projects.

Heritage Language Resource

Heritage LogoHeritage Language Programs Database
This online, searchable database of heritage language programs can be used by programs in community-based and K-12 public and private school settings to form a network to exchange ideas and resources.

Visit the Alliance for Heritage Languages website to search the database or to browse our online resources.


Publication: Educational Media from the NC Language and Life Project Dialect Resources: Talking NC
Educational Media From the North Carolina Language and Life Project
North Carolina is one of the most linguistically diverse states in the United States, reflecting a wide variety of regional and sociocultural English dialects as well as an assortment of ancestral and immigrant languages. The North Carolina Language and Life Project has developed a series of documentaries and related publications on language variation in North Carolina and the American South. Walt Wolfram, former Chair of CAL’s Board of Trustees, has directed the development and distribution of these valuable resources. Browse the dialect resources.

Publication: Ebonics: The Urban Education Debate, 2nd Edition

Ebonics: The Urban Education Debate, 2nd Edition
This collection of papers is an excellent addition to the literature on African American Vernacular English, written in a clear style that makes it accessible to all those interested in the language and education of African American children. Learn more.

Professional Development

SOPA Online Training Courses – 2011 Update
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 or the ELLOPA. In 2011, moderated courses are set for January, April, and September.

ELA Logo
Visit the Early Language Assessment website
to learn more about these courses and to register.

Publication: Direct Strategies Institutes on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners Training of Trainers Institutes in Washington, DC:
Teaching Reading to English Language Learners

December 6 – 8, 2010
Based on the What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? curriculum, training of trainers institutes are designed for trainers who plan to use the curriculum to provide professional development for educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners. Learn more and register.

Watch our website for information on the 2011 CAL Solutions institutes.

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