Spotlight on Spanish
Spotlight on Spanish Activities
CAL Projects related to Spanish
Two-Way Immersion Outreach
and Information Dissemination
CAL conducts nationwide outreach related to two-way immersion (TWI), a type of dual language program that uses a minority language—often Spanish—as the language of instruction at least 50% of the time. Outreach efforts such as developing and maintaining TWI Web pages and directories, preparing and distributing an email bulletin, and responding to questions from the public are supported by the Illinois Resource Center.
New York City Guiding Principles Project
At the request of the New York City Board of Education, CAL is working with school-based teams of teachers and administrators in the New York City Public Schools to use the CAL publication Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education to reflect on current practices in their dual language programs, many of which are Spanish-English programs, and to improve in targeted areas. For information about using the guiding principals in professional development, technical assistance, or evaluation in your school, contact Julie Sugarman.
Professional Development and Technical Assistance for New York City Public Schools
CAL responds to requests from New York City schools related to the education of English language learners, including requests for technical assistance for dual language schools (often Spanish-English) and for professional development related to Spanish and English literacy instruction.
South Carolina Student Oral Proficiency Assessment
CAL is working with the South Carolina Department of Education to administer the Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA) annually in Spanish, providing longitudinal data on the listening and speaking skills of elementary school children who are part of a new content-enriched FLES program in Rock Hill School District.
Project SAILL: Success Through Academic Interventions in Language & Literacy
With funds from the U.S. Department of Education via a subcontract from the University of Houston, CAL supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of research-based models for two major approaches to the education of English language learners—structured English immersion and transitional bilingual education—to determine the impact of the different program models on the performance of Spanish-speaking English language learners in Grades K–3. The work at CAL is part of a broader effort involving the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, and the University of Miami. Visit the Project SAILL Web site to learn more about this initiative.
CAL's recently concluded Acquiring Literacy in English (ALE) projects, which were part of a coordinated program of research within the Development of Literacy in Spanish Speakers (DeLSS) biliteracy research initiative funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Institute of Education Sciences of the Department of Education, resulted in several interesting findings and resources, including several Spanish language assessment instruments. Visit the ALE Web site for more information.
Understanding Assessment: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators
With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, CAL is developing a Web-based tutorial to serve as a companion resource to the Foreign Language Assessment Directory. This online tutorial will introduce key concepts in language testing that guide informed decisions about test selection and appropriate and efficient test use. Topics will encompass practical considerations when selecting a test, testing concepts such as reliability and validity, the use of test results, and the impact of testing in the classroom. Supplemental information will include a list of assessment resources and a glossary of assessment terms.
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