Proficiency in languages other than English is critical in our
global society. CAL’s foreign language experts focus on language
education at all levels of instruction (preK-12, higher education,
and adult education), with a special focus on teaching languages
to children. CAL staff conduct language research, professional
development for language teachers, information collection and dissemination,
PreK-8 test development, and program evaluation. CAL has a long tradition
of promoting early language education programs in elementary schools
across the country and is known for its innovative Student Oral
Proficiency Assessment (SOPA) interview for children, which includes
hands-on activities and role plays to help children demonstrate their
CAL's experienced foreign language education staff
Conduct evaluations of school language programs
language assessments for preK-8 students
Adapt and revise existing language assessments to address specific curriculum goals
Design, develop, and conduct language education surveys
Conduct language assessment
workshops for teachers
and school administrators
Collect and disseminate information on all aspects of foreign language education
Report From the National K-12 Foreign Language Survey
Learn more about the survey and read the executive summary.
Read the statement from CALís Board of Trustees.
Order online at the CAL Store.
Click on each title to learn more:
Directory of Foreign Language Immersion Programs in U.S. Schools
Foreign Language Assessment Directory
Understanding Assessment: A Guide for Foreign Language Educators
National K – 12 Foreign Language Survey
National Capital Language Resource Center
Learn more about CAL projects
Publications and Resources
CAL has a variety of publications and resources related to foreign
language education. Learn
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Assessment Literacy for Language Educators
Oral Proficiency Assessment: The Use of Technology
in Test Development and Rater Training.
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