Research is a critical part of CAL’s mission. CAL is involved
in a variety of research projects and much of our grant and project
work includes a substantial research component. CAL publishes the
findings, professional opinions, and best practices developed as
a result of our research. We’re also focused on using our research
as a foundation for the development of pragmatic and forward-thinking
solutions to a variety of issues related to language and culture.
In recent years, CAL has led or participated in projects aimed at developing new knowledge relevant to the critical factors that influence the development
of English-language literacy in children and adolescents. We have studied the
effects of particular instructional models on student academic performance and reviewed the research literature on the development of literacy among language
minority children and youth. To bring valuable contributions to the field,
CAL has received funding from, among others, the U.S. Department of Education,
the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation, and local
and state education agencies.
We invite you to review our list of current and recent research projects.
If you are interested in working with CAL on a research project,
please contact us.
Report from the National K-12 Foreign Language Survey.
Learn more about the survey and read the executive summary. Order online at the CAL Store.
Read the resolution by CAL's Board of Trustees.
Digests are free short reports that synthesize current research and highlight topics of interest
covering a variety of subjects.
Download our newest digests:
Principles of Instructed Second Language Acquisition
html | pdf
Integrated Content and Language Instruction
html | pdf
Singable Books: Sing and Read Your Way to English Proficiency
html | pdf
Additional Resources of Interest
Quality Counts 2009: Portrait of a Population
How English-Language Learners Are Putting Schools to the Test
CAL worked with Education Week to create a downloadable PDF of selected articles from the recent Quality Counts 2009, the latest in a series of annual report cards tracking state education policies and outcomes.
This PDF features three articles from the report that reference CAL's research on the education of English language learners. Learn more.