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Language Link

December 2003


You can recognize journal abstracts in the ERIC database by their "EJ" prefix followed by a six-digit number. ERIC abstracts can be read at ERIC centers in libraries in the United States and overseas, as well as on the Web.

Subscriptions to the journals indexed in ERIC can be obtained from the publishers. Individual articles from many journals are available from the article reproduction service ingenta: 800-296-2221;;


News from ERIC/CLL

For the past 30 years, the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) has operated the ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics (ERIC/CLL). During this time, ERIC/CLL has produced a number of quality publications including digests, online resource guides, print and Web-based newsletters, books in the Language in Education and Professional Practice series, and several searchable online directories. ERIC/CLL has also maintained a Web site and provided question-answering services.

This year the U.S. Department of Education has decided to discontinue the ERIC system as we know it, with its 16 subject-specific clearinghouses and question-answering services, and to contract with a single company that will host the ERIC database. As a result, ERIC/CLL and the other ERIC clearinghouses will cease to exist after December 31, 2003. (For information about ERIC after that date, visit

With the loss of funding for ERIC/CLL, CAL will no longer be able to publish ERIC/CLL Language Link. This issue is our last. CAL’s ability to respond to information requests will also be limited, and we will no longer be participating in the development and maintenance of the ERIC database.

We are sorry to see the network of ERIC clearinghouses come to an end. The ERIC Web sites receive about 70 million hits per month from more than 10 million distinct users, and staff from the clearinghouses answer approximately 150,000 phone call and email queries per year.

Despite the closing of our ERIC Clearinghouse, CAL remains committed to providing quality language education materials to professionals working in the fields of ESL, foreign language, bilingual education, and linguistics. CAL will continue to make available books and free publications on topics in these fields, including many of the products developed by ERIC/CLL.

The staff of ERIC/CLL are grateful for the opportunities we have had to work with you, the readers of ERIC/CLL Language Link, to help promote and improve the teaching and learning of languages and to serve those working in the fields of languages and linguistics. We appreciate your interest in and support of our work over the years, and we wish all of you success in your continuing efforts to promote a language proficient society.

Joy Peyton, Director
Jeanne Rennie, Associate Director
Lisa Biggs, Administrative Assistant
Sophia Birdas, Information and Outreach
Sally Morrison, Technology
Craig Packard, User Services
Elizabeth Peterson, Publications
Laurel Winston, Acquisitions

New Publications from ERIC/CLL

New Book

Language by Video provides useful information about the effectiveness of video-based language programs in the K–8 classroom and detailed analysis of the five most popular video-based language programs used in U.S. elementary schools today: Elementary Spanish, Español para ti, Muzzy, Salsa, and Saludos. This valuable resource for planning and implementing early foreign language programs will be available in early 2004 from the CALstore.

ERIC/CLL News Bulletin

The latest issue of the ERIC/CLL News Bulletin has recently been published. This issue's feature article by Jodi Crandall explores some of the issues surrounding speakers of World Englishes in U.S. schools and includes strategies on how to assist these learners. Our second article focuses on literacy instruction for English language learners.

New Digests

Culture in Second Language Teaching by Elizabeth Peterson and Bronwyn Coltrane

Action Research by Richard Donato

Curricular Models for University African Language Programs by David Dwyer

Research Insights for L2 Writing Instruction by Ilona Leki

Generation 1.5 Students and College Writing by Linda Harklau

Second Language Acquisition and Technology: A Review of the Research by Jean W. LeLoup and Robert Ponterio

Teaching Foreign Language to Children Through Video by Nancy Rhodes and Ingrid Puhfahl

Cultural Diversity and Language Socialization in the Early Years by Eunjin Park and Kendall King

Establishing an Effective Newcomer Program by Deborah J. Short and Beverly A. Boyson


New Resource Guide Online

Resource Guides Online include information on and links to resources on specific topics in language education: ERIC/CLL publications, publications from other sources, Web sites, discussions forums, conferences, and abstracts of relevant ERIC documents. This Resource Guides has recently been added to our Web site

Resources for ESL Assessment

Resources for Educators of English Language Learners

News from the U.S. Department of Education

2004 Strategic Plan

The Department of Education has released its FY 2004 Strategic Plan. Foreign language and international education are mentioned in Objectives 2.4, 2.5 and 5.6 of the plan.

The Achiever

The Achiever is a weekly electronic newsletter from the Department of Education that provides information, events, and announcements about No Child Left Behind. See past issues and subscribe online. The November 15 issue profiled a New York City English/Mandarin Chinese dual language school, the only one of its kind in the U.S.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)

NCELA’s Revamped Web Site

The NCELA Web site is a nationally recognized source of current, reliable, and accessible information about quality education for immigrant and second language learners. In 2004, the Web site will display a new look with new features such as “resources for” and “resources about” specific audiences. The redesigned site will address the changing needs of a language education community that includes Title I and Title III grantees, institutions of higher education, parents, and practitioners.

OELA 2003 Summit

NCELA will soon have available on its Web site the agenda and PowerPoint presentations from OELA’s 2003 Summit “Celebrate Our Rising Stars” held December 2-4 at the Hilton Washington Hotel and Towers in Washington, D.C. Special guest speakers included Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Undersecretary of Education Eugene Hickok, and Ed Moy, Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel. Among the general session speakers were Laura-Ann Petitto, Brad Duggan, Diane August, David Francis, and Peggy McCardle. Presentations covered a wide range of topics, including teacher preparation, research findings and methodology, standards and assessment, and parent and community involvement.

OELA’s Weekly Newsletter

Catch the latest information, publications, conferences and stories for educators and academics in the fields of dual language education, ESL, and EFL with our weekly newsletter, OELA’s Newsline. Every week our researchers scour the Internet, journals, newspapers, and magazines to supply you with the most up-to-the-minute information available. Check out this week’s issue online.

Teachers College, Columbia University

Imagining Multilingual Schools: An International Symposium on Language in Education

Thursday, September 30, 2004 through Saturday, October 2, 2004
Milbank Chapel, Main Hall, 1st floor

Keeping pace with the growing role of globalization in our daily lives, schools throughout the world have had to prepare students for the increasingly multilingual societies in which we live, learn and work. In the fall of 2004, from September 30 to October 2, international scholars, policy-makers, and educators will gather at Teachers College, Columbia University, to share and study educational visions and designs that prepare students to engage in multilingual landscapes indelibly marked by linguistic difference and that support the development of multilingual communicative practices.

Drawing from their international experience, the speakers will consider -- What role does school play in developing students' multilingualism and multilingual literacies? How do school systems throughout the world organize themselves to ensure the development of students’ multilingualism? What are the differences and commonalities in the multilingual schooling of immigrant students, indigenous peoples, traditional minorities, and majority populations? What issues arise as schools develop multilingual educational programs and how do teachers and parents support the development of multilingualism? How can we move education for multilingual competence higher up on policy agendas?

We warmly invite you to join us as we collaboratively reflect on these questions, and dialogue, as an international community, about significant concerns for multilingual schooling across the world.

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

In the newly released report, The Complete Curriculum: Ensuring a place for the arts and foreign languages in American's schools, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) found that arts and foreign language education is becoming marginalized and is increasingly at risk of being eliminated as part of the core curriculum. In addition to highlighting the benefits of foreign language education, the report offers several recommondations to state policy makers on how to promote foreign language study and the arts. If you would like to obtain a full copy of the study, visit the NASBE website.

Council for Corporate and School Partnerships

National School and Business Partnerships Award

This award will recognize exemplary partnerships between schools and businesses around the country. Partnerships involving kindergarten through 12th grade public schools and/or school districts and businesses are eligible to apply for the award.

The Council will present six awards in the inaugural year. Those selected for the award will receive national recognition and the schools or districts will receive $10,000 to support partnership efforts.

Members of The Council for Corporate & School Partnerships will judge applications.

Applicants for the award will be judged on a number of criteria, including:

Find more information online.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

2004 ACTFL Call For Proposals

ACTFL Convention 2004
November 19-21, 2004
Chicago, IL

Effective immediately, proposals for sessions and workshops to be presented at the ACTFL annual conference can only be submitted electronically on the ACTFL website. Proposals must be submitted by December 19, 2003.

The theme of the meeting is The Year of Languages: Celebrating Our International Spirit. The 2004 ACTFL Convention will provide attendees with an exciting array of sessions and events that celebrate the value of language learning and culture studies. Specifically, the following topics will be fundamental in addressing the convention theme: 1) building positive public perception regarding language learning, culture studies and study abroad programs; 2) increasing knowledge and understanding of languages and cultures; 3) sharing effective language education policies and practices; 4) providing leadership and collaboration on education issues; and 5) improving the teaching and learning of languages and cultures in the United States.

This call encourages language educators from all areas of our profession to submit proposals and make plans to attend this convention and celebrate the past, present and future of language learning and culture study in our country. The Convention Committee will review the proposals with the goal of providing an expansive and inclusive array of workshops and sessions that will meet the needs of our very diverse language profession.

Proposals must be submitted online by December 19, 2003.

The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC)

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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