This commentary provides answers to frequently asked questions about test development from CAL's assessment specialists.
Announcement-In the News
CAL shares news and announcements about our organization, staff and work as well as periodically posting links to online news articles that reference information related to our work and mission.
Links outside of the CAL website are provided for informational purposes only, and the opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the Center for Applied Linguistics.
CAL is saddened by the passing of María Torres-Guzmán, an advocate, researcher and leader for social justice and education for English learners.
CAL Spotlight on the Chinese Education Center Elementary School: A Newcomer Program in San Francisco
This CAL spotlight article features excerpts from an interview with Victor Tam, principal of the Chinese Education Center (CEC) in San Francisco, and includes guiding questions for school leaders on serving newcomers.
The 2018 Dora Johnson Awards, sponsored by the Qatar Foundation International, will provide funding up to $1,500 for 10 K-12 Arabic language educators to support their attendance at the 2018 ACTFL Convention.
This short Q&A aims to provide insight into how test development and psychometric researchers at CAL identify biased items and prevent sensitive topics from appearing on CAL’s language proficiency assessments.
CAL Commentary: The March for our Lives: Bringing Power and Authenticity to the Language and Literacy Standards
This document highlights how student activities provide real-world examples of collaboration, argumentation and other skills that demonstrate that they are not only college and career ready, but community driven.
The call for nominations is open for the 2019 TIRF James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts.
The recent article, Oral Language Development Among Mandarin Learners in Chinese Homestays (in Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition), focuses on a mixed-method study describing the oral Mandarin development of American students living in Chinese homestays.
The National Association for Bilingual Education announces its Fourth Annual Dual Language Symposium scheduled for June 27-29 in Washington, DC.
CAL is saddened by the passing of our valued colleague and friend, Dr. Olga Kagan, one of the country's leading specialists on second language acquisition and heritage language teaching.
Dr. Jonathan Rosa, Stanford University, named this year's recipient of the Charles A. Ferguson Award for Outstanding Scholarship.
This document highlights the work of Dr. Jonathan Rosa who introduces a raciolinguistic framework as a way to interrogate the language gap and other deficit perspectives.
Congratulations to CAL President Joel Gómez on receiving the NABE 2018 Ramón Santiago Award. Named for the founder of NABE, the award represents career-long contributions to bilingual education, mother tongue education and social justice.
CAL Commentary: How Can the U.S. Overcome its Linguistic Deficit? The Findings of Two National Reports on Language Learners
This document highlights information from two recent research reports outlining the benefits of bilingualism.
CAL is proud to commemorate Black History Month by highlighting selected resources and online information that honor the linguistic legacy that generations of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s cultural milieu.
The Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center has announced the publication of Useful Assessment and Evaluation in Language Education, which includes two chapters resulting from work at CAL.
Dr. Jing Wei has been appointed as book review editor for Assessing Writing, a refereed international journal providing a forum for ideas, research and practice on the assessment of written language.
CAL researchers are working on a three-year grant, funded by the International Research & Studies program of the U.S. Department of Education, to document the characteristics of successful dual language education programs.
The TIRF 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Grants Competition is now open and accepting applications from qualified doctoral candidates for proposals related to a range of topics in English language education.
Join the LINCS community for this informative one-hour webinar on the recently published study on teaching writing to adult English learners on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET.
LAUSD Partners with CAL to Develop English Learner Master Plan to Promote Multilingualism for All Students
CAL has partnered with L.A. Unified School District to collaborate on a new English Learner Master Plan for the district to provide the most effective programs, services, practices and policies for English learners to succeed.
CAL is pleased to announce the launch of its new CAL Solutions website designed to provide a convenient portal to information about CAL’s wide range of service offerings.