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In 2008, one in four elementary schools reported teaching foreign languages.
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Strategies & Methodology

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Materials & Curricula

Discover a wealth of information on foreign language curricula and teaching materials.

Student Assessment

Find information on how to assess students' foreign language skills.

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Student Assessment

Find the answers to the why, what, and how of assessment here.

Bibliographies/Internet Resources

Foreign Language Assessment Database for Grades K-12
This searchable CAL database contains information on language assessments that are currently being used in elementary, middle, and high school language programs around the country as well as annotated bibliographies of published and Internet resources on assessment.

Second Language Proficiency Assessment
This comprehensive CAL online resource guide lists annotated print and online resources.

A List of Internet Resources and a List of Print Resources
Compiled by the Center for Applied Linguistics.

The National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center Newsletter on Assessment
Read more about self-assessment for teachers, the assessment of students, how to create assessments, and assessment as a national focus in education today.

Portfolio Assessment in the Foreign Language Classroom
This is an online teacher manual for teachers developed by the National Capital Language Resource Center.

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Assessment: Second Language Assessment
This site links to a wide range of assessment resources, publications, and professional development actitvities.

The European Language Portfolio
The portfolio records a young learner's achievements and progress in languages. It can be dowloaded for free, with the accompanying Teacher's Guide. Click here for portfolios in languages other than English.

SOPA (Student Oral Proficiency Assessment) and ELLOPA (Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment) The SOPA and ELLOPA interviews, developed by CAL, are designed to allow young students to demonstrate their highest level of performance in oral fluency, grammar, vocabulary, and listening comprehension.


Updated December 13, 2013