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This Web site is developed and maintained by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) as part of its ongoing efforts to provide resources and guidance on the teaching of foreign languages in elementary and secondary schools. The site is currently maintained through CAL’s subcontract with the federally-funded National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center at Iowa State University. Initial funding for this Web site (1995–2005) was provided by the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University (LAB), part of the Education Alliance at Brown University, funded by the U.S. Department of Education (Institute of Education Sciences, IES, formerly Office of Educational Research and Improvement), under contract numbers RJ96006401 and ED-01-CO-0010. The content of this site does not necessarily reflect the views of IES, the Department of Education, or any other agency of the U.S. Government.

The Web site began as a component of CAL's Foreign Language and Technology Project, the goal of which was to enhance foreign language instruction in the Northeast and Islands region by encouraging a long sequence of instruction from elementary through high school. The regional laboratory served Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The purpose of the Web site, launched in 1997, has remained the same — to provide up-to-date resources on early foreign language instruction (PreK–8), with the intention that the information will help provide a strong foundation for long-term language instruction.


UpdatedDecember 16, 2009