World Languages

In a globalized world, those who can communicate effectively in more than one language and across cultures, have a great advantage. Such language proficiency is critical for business, trade, diplomacy, and can help to promote mutual understanding and respect.

For students, learning more than one language can enrich their academic and life experiences and open doors to opportunities.

Since 1959, CAL has actively worked with partners around the world to promote literacy in world languages and improve the learning of English as international language. Currently, CAL staff conduct research and develop practical solutions to support successful language programs for learners at all levels of instruction (early childhood, elementary, secondary, higher education, and adult education).

We are committed to supporting language learning and cultural understanding within the United States and around the world.

CAL’s World Language Team Can Help Achieve Your Goals 

CAL offers virtual, in-person, and hybrid models of professional development, technical assistance, and tailored services for educators of world languages at all levels of instruction.

Here are some of the areas where we can assist and guide you:

  • program evaluation;
  • needs assessment;
  • design services;
  • curriculum review;
  • assessment development;
  • review of local language assessments, rubrics, and rater training materials; 
  • workshops and courses on planning for language assessment and developing classroom assessment tasks; and 
  • research studies.

Our services are tailored for your target audience: for teachers, administrators, schools, districts, and/or other institutions that are planning or implementing programs for language learners.

CAL’s World Languages team is pleased to offer research solutions resulting in written reports and presentations based on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies. Our research activities include literature reviews, classroom observations, focus groups, interviews, surveys, review of extant program data, and proficiency testing.

To learn more about CAL’s work and resources about this topic, browse the subtopics within this section.

Resources, News, and Events

CAL Authors Research on Less Commonly Taught Languages & Needs for K-12 Instructors
CAL Tapped to Develop Career-Focused Resources for STARTALK Initiative
CAL Releases Actionable World Language Resources & Supplements
CAL Launches Updated Assessment Resources for World Language and Heritage Language Teachers
In Memoriam: Olga Kagan
Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice
Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice

Edited by Terrence G. Wiley, Joy Kreeft Peyton, Donna Christian, Sarah Catherine K. Moore, Na Liu

Published by Routledge and the Center for Applied Linguistics

Heritage Language Education: A New Field Emerging
Heritage Language Education: A New Field Emerging

Edited by Donna Brinton, Olga Kagan, Susan Bauckus

Published by Routledge

Teaching and Assessing EIL in Local Contexts Around the World
Teaching and Assessing EIL in Local Contexts Around the World

Sandra Lee McKay and James Dean Brown

Published by Routledge

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Related Projects

Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC)
Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC)

Funder: U.S. Department of Education

Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) Test Administration Project
Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) Test Administration Project

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, International Research and Studies Program

English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS)
English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS)

Funder: U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, National Security Education Program

English Language Training for International Teachers of English
English Language Training for International Teachers of English

Funder: University of Maryland, College Park

Ghana – Improved Quality and Access to Basic Education
Ghana – Improved Quality and Access to Basic Education

Funder: U.S. Agency for International Development, via subcontract from the Education Development Center

Massachusetts World Language Standards Focus Group and Implementation Services
Massachusetts World Language Standards Focus Group and Implementation Services

Funder: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Massachusetts World Language Standards Update
Massachusetts World Language Standards Update

Funder: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Services

Evaluation and Program Design Services

CAL offers evaluation and program design services to schools, districts, and other institutions that are planning or implementing programs for language learners.

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The Center for Applied Linguistics is a nonprofit organization promoting access, equity, and mutual understanding for linguistically and culturally diverse people around the world.