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Strategies for Building U.S. Foreign Language Capacity
This paper describes the need for skilled speakers of languages other than English in the U.S. and outlines the necessary components for an effective long-term national strategy to meet that need. Read the paper. (PDF, 590 KB)

Language by Video book coverLanguage By Video: An Overview of Foreign Language Instructional Videos for Children
This publication presents the results of a study of the benefits and challenges of using video-based instruction to teach languages to children and reviews the five video programs most commonly used in elementary schools. Learn more about Language by Video.

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Foreign Language

Publications and Resources

CAL offers a variety of resources related to foreign language education. Click on any of the titles below to learn more.


Language By Video: An Overview of Foreign Language Instructional Videos for Children

Lessons Learned: Model Early Foreign Language Programs

Foreign Language Instruction in the United States: A National Survey of Elementary and Secondary Schools

Foreign Language Teaching: What the United States Can Learn from Other Countries

CAL Digests
Browse of our collection of free downloadable digests relating to foreign language education.

Online Directories

Foreign Language Assessment Directory (FLAD)
The FLAD is a free, searchable directory of information on nearly 200 tests in over 90 languages. Search the directory.

FLAD Companion Tutorial Now Available
CAL has developed an online tutorial, Understanding Assessment, designed to act as a companion piece to the FLAD, helping educators choose the most appropriate test for their needs. View this new resource.

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. Search directory.

Total and Partial Immersion Language Programs in U.S. Schools
This directory includes 242 schools in 28 states and the District of Columbia 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. Eleven foreign languages are represented. Search directory.

Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Programs in the U.S.
This searchable database contains profiles of 319 two-way immersion programs in 28 states and the District of Columbia. The directory grew from a program of research conducted by CAL for the Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence. Each profile includes information on program size, program location, program design, student demographics, and the non-English language used. Search directory.