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Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1959. Headquartered in Washington DC, CAL has earned an international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual and dual language education, English as a second language, world languages education, language policy, assessment, immigrant and refugee integration, literacy, dialect studies, and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children.

The mission of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is to promote language learning and cultural understanding by serving as a trusted source for research, services, resources, and policy analysis.

Through its work, CAL seeks solutions to issues involving language and culture as they relate to access and equity in education and society around the globe.

CAL serves as the coordinating organization for activities of the National Dual Language Forum (NDLF) working in collaboration with our board, NDLF Advisory Committee Members, Organizational Members and Individual Members. Joel Gómez serves as the chair of the NDLF Advisory Committee with José Medina serving as Director of the NDLF for the Center for Applied Linguistics. Serving on the NDLF Advisory Committee are M. Beatriz Arias, Donna Christian, and Fred Genesee. Gene García and Guadalupe Valdés also serve as senior advisors for CAL on issues related to dual language education.

Visit the CAL website to learn.