Research is a critical component of CAL’s mission. CAL conducts large-scale and small-scale research projects on a wide variety of topics related to language teaching and learning, literacy, assessment, and the use of language in society. We collect and analyze data using diverse research designs, including experimental studies, qualitative case studies, and large-scale surveys. We frequently collaborate with universities and research centers to conduct research and disseminate findings.
Research findings guide all of CAL’s project work, services, and products. CAL publishes the findings, professional opinions, and best practices developed as a result of our research. We’re also focused on using our research as a foundation for the development of pragmatic and forward-thinking solutions to a variety of issues related to language and culture.
Featured Research Projects
- Promoting Educator Networks: Standards-Based Instruction for English Learners (PEN)
- Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE)
- Exemplary Programs for Newcomer English Language Learners at the Secondary Level
- Vocabulary Instruction and Assessment for Spanish Speakers (VIAS)