Learn more about CAL resources related to language
Year of Languages Radio Series
In support of the Year of Languages, the College
of Charleston and the National Museum of Language have developed
a series of 52 radio spots on languages and linguistics.
the first 20 episodes of Talkin' About Talk or read
the list of upcoming programs and dates online.
Foreign Languages in Schools Radio
"In the first segment of a three-part series
on foreign languages in the schools, Deborah Wang spoke with
Michele Anciaux Aoki, a long-time foreign language advocate
and leader with the Washington State Coalition for International
Education." Listen to
the segment on why foreign language learning is important.
(All Things Considered, KPLU Seattle/Tacoma, September
In December, the Year of Languages focuses on the learning of
The Cultural Orientation
Resource (COR) Center
year, thousands of refugees enter the United States. Increasingly, they
come from more countries and more ethnicities than ever before, and meeting
their resettlement needs in this context becomes more complex. Since 1975,
CAL has been a leader in refugee education and orientation. While the
languages, titles, and media may have changed, the objectives remain the
To increase the capacity of overseas and U.S. refugee service providers
to orient refugees to their new American communities, and to inform
U.S. communities about refugee orientation.
The COR Center at CAL works closely with the U.S. government, international
organizations, refugee resettlement agencies in the United States, and
their representatives overseas to:
Develop and distribute resources about refugee training and resettlement;
Provide technical assistance regarding refugees’ native cultures,
languages, and orientation needs; and
Develop a globally linked network of U.S. refugee service providers
that exchanges refugee orientation information, concerns, and best
Culture Profiles are designed for service providers and individuals
assisting newcomers to the United States. They contain a basic introduction
to the people, history, and culture of different refugee groups.
CAL will provide the first print copy free of charge to resettlement
agencies. Additional copies can be downloaded here.
Printed copies are available for sale through the CAL
Refugees in the United States: A Guide for Service Providers
is a basic introduction to the worldview of Muslim peoples as manifested
in their religion and culture. Topics covered include an overview
of the fundamental tenets of Islam, necessary conditions for successful
resettlement, special considerations when working with Muslim men,
women, children, and elderly, as well as a list of resources for
both refugees and service providers.
Hmong: An Introduction to Their History and Culture is
a valuable resource for service providers, educators, employers
and others interested in learning more about the Hmong. Based on
current research as well as wisdom gained from resettlement of the
first groups of Hmong refugees, the profile includes general information
about the Hmong people, their history, their lives in Laos and Thailand,
literacy and education issues, resettlement matters, and information
about Hmong languages, including a list of common words, phrases,
An Introduction to Their History and Culture provides general
information about the Liberian people and their history. Topics
covered include Life in Liberia, Liberian refugees in West Africa,
language, and resettlement in the United States as well as recommended
Other culture profiles include:
Coming soon: Culture profiles on the Burmese and the Meskhetian Turks.
Visit the Refugee Resources area of the CAL
store to browse our complete collection of publications. To learn
more about the Cultural Orientation Resource Center, visit our Web site
CAL also offers digests on the topic of culture. You can find these
and other CAL digests here.
and Language Socialization in the Early Years
Eunjin Park, New York University & Kendall King, Georgetown University,
Culture in Second
Elizabeth Peterson and Bronwyn Coltrane, Center for Applied Linguistics,