Drawing on decades of research connected to practice in language education, CAL offers evaluation and program design services to schools, districts, and other institutions that are planning or implementing foreign language education programs. A wide range of methodologies and services are available. Learn more.
Resources focus on language proficiency assessment in Grades K-8
CAL offers innovative language proficiency assessment instruments designed to allow young students to demonstrate their highest level of performance in oral fluency, grammar, vocabulary and listening comprehension. Professional development workshops for the SOPA, ELLOPA, and COPE provide training for educators on the effective use of these assessments. Online Training courses teach participants how to administer and rate students’ oral language using the SOPA and ELLOPA. Learn more.
Ñandutí is a comprehensive resource on foreign language teaching and learning in Grades preK–8, based on the premise that learning another language is beneficial and that students of all ages can learn a language. CAL offers a variety of resources on this site for teachers and parents interested in their children learning foreign languages. Visit the Ñandutí website.
Join the Ñandu listserv which focus on early language learning.
The next generation of the SOPI
Now available in Arabic and Spanish, the Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) is a computer-based, semi-adaptive test of Arabic and Spanish oral proficiency. Learn more.
Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI)
The Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI) is a tape-mediated test of speaking proficiency for high school students and older. All SOPI items are based on the speaking proficiency guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The test is presented to examinees via a test booklet and a master tape and can be administered individually by anyone using two tape recorders. It can also be used in a language laboratory setting to test groups. Learn more about the SOPI.
Report From the National K-12 Foreign Language Survey
Learn more about the survey and read the executive summary.
CAL surveyed public and private elementary and secondary schools
across the country to identify current patterns and shifts in foreign language education over time. Order online at the CAL Store.
Assessment Training Online (ATOL)
CAL has developed an online training course that teaches participants about oral proficiency assessment for students learning foreign languages at the secondary, post-secondary, and professional levels. It also serves as a introducation to CAL's SOPI and COPI assessments. Learn more about ATOL.