A lot of multilingual countries promote an official language, but the United States has never done so with English. In fact, the U.S. has no official language.
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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.
New York City schools will offer 32 additional dual language programs and 16 transitional bilingual programs, a move that could help better integrate schools and boost learning for students who are learning English as a new language.
According to a recent study, genes may influence how the brain processes language sounds and has played a role in how language has evolved with time.
A Colorado school district will re-evaluate its bilingual education program, citing a shortage of qualified teachers as one reason.
In the Los Angeles Unified School District—where roughly 1 in 5 students is an EL—20.7 percent of students who began the school year as ELs will end the year designated as English proficient.
Rhode Island legislators have proposed a bill that would create a position in the state's Department of Education to coordinate and promote the development of more bilingual programs in public schools.
Research shows that English language learners benefit from public prekindergarten programs, especially if given access to bilingual instruction.
Third-graders in a Spanish immersion program at a Montana elementary school recently performed bilingual plays based on legends and stories they created after studying Native American storytelling.
The DC Public Charter School Board released waitlist data for the 2018-19 academic year that shows that dual language are the schools with the longest wait lists.
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.
A New York state school district has hired more than 100 teachers and 50 specialists who speak up to four languages to help support the educational needs of its growing student population.
Insights on K-12 study abroad student experiences and associated outcomes are shared in this blog post.
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.
A Dakota language immersion school for Early Head Start and preschool-age children in Minnesota will open in June to introduce the language to a new generation of speakers.
A California elementary school this fall will be the first in its district to start a Hmong language immersion program.
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.