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Databases / Directories

The Center for Applied Linguistics provides online access to the following databases and directories.

English as a Second Language

Adult ESL Resource Database
The documents in this database discuss research background to the field of adult ESL instruction; provide guides to current practice; and may point the way to further research.

Foreign Language

Foreign Language Assessment Directory
The FLAD is a free, searchable directory of information on more than 200 tests in over 90 languages. The FLAD serves as a starting point for teachers and educators to search for foreign language assessments. Available information about assessments includes grade and proficiency levels, languages for which each test is available, skills targeted by a test, information about the test’s development and the publisher’s or developer’s contact information for further inquiries.

FLAD Companion Tutorial
CAL has developed an online tutorial to serve as a companion resource to the FLAD, Understanding Assessment: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators. This online tutorial introduces key concepts in language testing to help with selecting tests and using test results appropriately and efficiently.

Materials for the Study of the Less Commonly Taught Languages
Maintained by CAL for over 30 years, this database includes information on textbooks, grammars, readers, and bilingual dictionaries for approximately 900 languages.

National Directory of Early Foreign Language Programs
This state-by-state searchable database contains information on nearly 1500 public and private elementary and middle schools that start teaching foreign languages before Grade 7.

K–12 Language Education Programs

Online Directory of ESL Resources
This archived database contains links to over 300 websites, online publications, publishers, instructional materials, listservs, databases and other resources related to the field of English as a second language. CAL partnered with the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA) to create this information source.

Secondary Newcomer Programs in the U.S. (2008-2009)
This searchable database includes profiles for more than 60 middle and high school programs in 23 states that participated in the research study, "Exemplary Programs for Newcomer English Language Learners at the Secondary Level." This study is part of a program of research conducted by CAL for the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The database can be searched by school level, state, program type, program length, and more. The profiles of the newcomer programs provide information on student demographics, program design, instruction and assessment, student transitions, staffing, family connections, and social networks.

Directory of Foreign Language Immersion Programs in U.S. Schools - Updated
This directory includes 448 schools in 37 states and Washington, DC, that teach all or part of their curriculum through a second language. Contact information, number of students and teachers, and other information is provided for each school. Twenty-two foreign languages are represented.

Heritage Language Programs Database
In accordance with the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages's goal of increasing information sharing, CAL is compiling database of heritage language programs across the United States. Profiles of community-based, K–12, and higher education programs are available on our Heritage Languages website.

Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Programs in the U.S.
This searchable database contains profiles of 248 two-way immersion programs in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The directory is part of a program of research conducted by the Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence. Each profile includes information such as program size, program location, program design, student demographics, and the non-English language used.

Searchable Database of Studies Included in the Report of the National Literacy Panel
The 2006 National Literacy Panel report, Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners, includes a CD containing a searchable database with information on the documents on which the report is based. A simpler version of the database is now available online.