Celebrating 50 years: 1959 – 2009
On February 16, 2009, the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) will mark the 50th anniversary of its founding. This milestone presents a unique opportunity to focus renewed attention on the significant role of language and culture in our increasingly global society. Building on research, learning, and knowledge from its long history, CAL will take a fresh look at the significant issues of language and culture that both unite and divide our world.
The CAL Story
A Conversation with CAL's Past Presidents
CAL has a vital strategic role to play in strengthening the quality of teaching and learning of languages; creating access and equity for underserved groups in our diverse world; providing continued leadership in translating theory to practice to improve education; and strengthening the programs we develop to meet the fast pace of changing demands in our global society. CAL’s experience is that language and culture are central to meeting these demands. Through our resources and our research, we seek to lay the foundation for the next fifty years of addressing important societal issues that involve language and culture.
Browse CAL's Web site
From its inception, CAL has ensured that its resources are reliable, relevant, and readily available. The growth of the Internet has allowed us to disseminate these resources even more widely. CAL’s Web site has become a trusted source of information internationally, providing a link into what CAL is learning and doing on issues related to language and culture. Visit the CAL Web site.