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Volume 23, No. 1 Fall/Winter 1999

News From CAL

Tucker Fellowship

The Center for Applied Linguistics invites applications for the 2000 G. Richard Tucker Fellowship. The Fellow will work with senior staff members on one of CAL's existing research projects or on a suitable project suggested by the Fellow. The fellowship pays a stipend plus travel expenses. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on language education or on language issues related to minorities in the United States or Canada.

The competition is open to candidates for a master's or doctoral degree in any field that is concerned with the study of language. Minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program in the United States or Canada and must have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time graduate study. Applications must be received on or before April 21, 2000.

For more information, contact Grace S. Burkart, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington DC 20016; 202-362-0700;

National Assessment of Educational Progress Will Include Foreign Language Study

The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) has provided funding to the Center for Applied Linguistics to conduct a national consensus-building project to develop the framework and specifications for the first foreign language National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This assessment will be administered to approximately 12,000 students in the year 2003. For the first time, the United States will have a comprehensive national source of information on what its students know and can do in foreign language. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and The American Institutes for Research (AIR) are working together with CAL on this project. For further information, contact Dorry M. Kenyon, Project Director, at 202-362-0700 or

Computer-Assisted Oral Assessment for Adult English Language Learners

The Basic English Skills Test (BEST) was developed during the early 1980s by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) as a means of assessing the English language proficiency of immigrants and refugees who were entering the United States at that time. The BEST makes use of authentic survival language situations, such as asking for directions, counting money, and telling time, and is effective for assessing English proficiency at low levels.

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education of the U.S. Department of Education is funding a project to allow CAL to develop a performance-based computer-assisted oral assessment instrument for adult ESL learners based on the BEST. The goal of the current phase of the project is to build a prototype that will make use of technology to allow sufficient test items to cover a variety of proficiency levels and content domains and to prevent test memorization by students while remaining practical to administer.

New From CREDE

The Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence announces 3 new educational practice reports:

To order CREDE publications, send a check or purchase order to CAL/CREDE, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington DC 20016-1859. Domestic orders add 10%, international orders add 20% to the total order for shipping and handling. We cannot accept telephone, e-mail, or credit card orders. For more information on ordering these publications, contact us at 202-362-0700 or e-mail or visit

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