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About CAL

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a private, non-profit organization staffed by scholars and educators who use the findings of linguistics and related sciences to identify and address language-related problems. CAL carries out a wide range of activities including research, teacher education, analysis and dissemination of information, design and development of instructional materials, technical assistance, conference planning, program evaluation, and policy analysis.

CAL's mission is "improving communication through better understanding of language and culture."

To accomplish this mission, CAL

  • promotes and improves the teaching and learning of languages,

  • identifies and solves problems related to language and culture,

  • serves as a resource for information about language and culture, and

  • conducts research on issues related to language and culture.

CAL's building in Washington, DC

Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016-1859
Tel. (202) 362-0700
Fax (202) 362-3740
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Updated February 25, 2014