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January 23, 2014


Dr. Terrence Wiley
Honored by AAAL

The American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) has awarded Dr. Terrence Wiley, President and CEO of CAL, the 2014 Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award for his contributions to the field of applied linguistics and to AAAL. Congratulations to Dr. Wiley!

Visit the AAAL website to learn more.

Professional Development

CAL Institutes: Professional Development Opportunities in Washington, DC
CAL is continuing to expand its successful series of professional development institutes focusing on key issues for educators working with language learners. CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools, and help teachers develop classroom activities that target the academic language demands of college and career readiness standards, including the Common Core State Standards. Join CAL this summer in DC.

May 20-21, 2014

Spanish Literacy Institute

June 25-27, 2014

Whatís Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?
Training of Trainers

July 14-17, 2014

SIOP Training of Trainers: Foundations

July 14-17, 2014

SIOP Training of Trainers: Advanced

July 18, 2014

Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners

July 22-24, 2014

Whatís Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?
Direct Strategies

August 4-5, 2014

Hot Topics in ELL Education: Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas

August 6-7, 2014

Hot Topics in ELL Education: Oral Language, Math and Science

Visit our website to learn more and register.

Adult ESL Education Professional Development Workshop
English for Civic Life: Designing and Delivering Effective EL/ Civics Instruction
This workshop offers evidence-based strategies for incorporating civics content in English language instruction for adults. Participants discuss the differences between EL/Civics and Citizenship, focusing on instructional methods, expected outcomes, and the content that EL/Civics instruction should include.

Learn more about the workshop.

CAL Store Update

Revamped CAL Store Launching February 3
CAL is revamping the CAL Store with the goal of enhancing online security and our order management and fulfillment services through a new partnership with an ecommerce management company.

We have developed a web page that provides more details and we will be sending a special issue of CAL News as we launch the new online store on Monday, February 3, 2014. We are committed to making this change as easy and seamless as possible for our customers. Learn more.


Assessment for Language Instructors photoAssessment for Language Instructors: The Basics
Online Course Now Available

CAL is offering a free online training course that teaches world language instructors about the fundamentals of assessment. Learn more.

2014 SOPA Online Training Courses – Registration Now Open
CAL offers innovative oral proficiency assessment instruments designed to allow young students to demonstrate their highest level of performance in oral fluency and listening comprehension. SOPA Online Training courses teach participants how to administer and rate students' oral language using the SOPA (Student Oral Proficiency Assessment) or the ELLOPA (Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment).

Registration is open for the following online courses: Moderated Introduction to the SOPA, Moderated Introduction to the SOPA-Chinese, and Rating the SOPA-Chinese.

Learn more and register.

Online Resources

This section features recently published articles and resources that address a variety of language learning topics and issues.


Beliefs About Assessment and Language Learning: Findings From Arabic Instructors and Students
This paper describes exploratory focus group research conducted with students and instructors of Arabic as part of a project to develop an oral proficiency assessment training resource for this audience. Authored by CAL staff members Victoria Nier, Francesca Di Silvio, and Margaret Malone, the article appears in the January 2014 issue of the NECTFL Review.

Visit the NECTFL website to read the article.

Heritage Language Journal: Special Issue on Language Vitality in the United States
The following two articles appear in a special Winter 2013 edition of the Heritage Language Journal.

Vitality of Heritage Languages in the United States: The Role of Capacity, Opportunity, and Desire
Written by Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne, and Joy Kreeft Peyton, CAL Senior Fellow, this article examines the vitality of languages spoken in the United States as heritage languages, which are spoken by individuals who have home, community, and intergenerational connections with the languages as well as some proficiency in them.

The Linguistic Vitality of Chinese in the United States
This article by CAL staff member Na Liu examines the current status of Chinese as a heritage language in the United States.

Visit the Heritage Language Journal website to read the articles.

Life as a Bilingual Blog Series: Cognitive Advantages of Second Language Immersion Education
This article addresses the development of enhanced cognitive skills in immersion education. Published in Psychology Today as part of an online blog series Life as a Bilingual: The reality of living with two (or more) languages by Dr. Francois Grosjean. This article will be especially helpful for immersion parents and school administrators who regularly promote the benefits of early language learning in an immersion school setting.

Visit the Psychology Today website to read the article.

Foreign Language Assessment Directory
The Foreign Language Assessment Directory is a free searchable directory of information on over 200 tests in more than 90 languages and serves as a starting point for teachers and educators to search for foreign language assessments. Learn more.

Featured Publications

Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States:
Research, Policy, and Educational Practice New!

This timely and comprehensive publication provides a state-of-the-art overview of major issues related to heritage, community, and Native American languages in the United States, providing a foundational perspective on how these languages are learned and used in a variety of contexts and outlining the importance of drawing on these languages as valuable national resources.
Learn more.


Publication: Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language LearnersMath and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language Learners
This workbook addresses research foundations and principles of instruction for teaching math and science to English language learners. It focuses on the language of math and science, making math and science comprehensible, developing higher order thinking, and the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. A companion DVD provides authentic classroom videos that demonstrate key concepts. Learn more.


SIOP in Action: Instructional Videos Featuring Complete SIOP Lessons at Three
Grade Levels

Three videos, available on one DVD with a companion viewers guide, illustrate three SIOP lessons at different grade levels: second grade, eighth grade, and high school/GED. Designed to deepen understanding of SIOP Model implementation at the classroom level and to support professional development initiatives, these videos are also used in CAL SIOP professional development workshops and online learning. Learn more and watch a video clip.

Teaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners coverTeaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners
This publication offers a comprehensive plan for vocabulary instruction that K-12 teachers can use with English language learners, including research on best practices, classroom activities, and sample lessons. The book also addresses the likely effect of the Common Core State Standards on vocabulary instruction for English learners. Learn more.



Whatís Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? coverWhatís Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?
This resource provides teacher trainers and other educators with a research-based curriculum to guide the professional development of classroom and ESL teachers who teach reading in classes where some or all of the students are English language learners. This widely used professional development tool includes a comprehensive trainerís manual, a study guide designed for use by individual teachers, and a DVD of the popular video Why Reading Is Hard. Learn more.


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