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November 14, 2013


Program Evaluation Services

Drawing on decades of research connected to practice in language education, CAL offers evaluation and program design services to schools, districts, and other institutions that are planning or implementing foreign language education programs. A wide range of methodologies and services are available. CAL can work with you to customize an evaluation program to meet your needs and budget.

Learn more.

World Language Resources

Tools for Rating Oral Proficiency

COPI's logoA Computer-Based Test of Oral Proficiency Available in Modern Standard Arabic and Spanish
CAL developed the Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) as an alternative to the audiotape-mediated Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI). The COPI is a computer-based, semi-adaptive test of Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish oral proficiency intended for high school juniors and seniors, college students, and professionals. Learn more.

COPI's logoMultimedia Rater Training Program (MRTP)
The MRTP is a computer-assisted professional development tool that serves as a companion to the COPI, described above. The MRTP teaches professionals to rate oral proficiency according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, using over 190 authentic language samples from the COPI. The MRTP is available in Arabic, French, German, and Spanish. Learn more.

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.

Arabic Oral Proficiency: A Guide for Students
This free online tutorial helps high school and university-level students of Arabic understand and improve their oral proficiency. It teaches students how oral proficiency is rated according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines so that they can self-assess and set language learning goals. The tutorial features authentic examples of students speaking Arabic at different levels, tips and resources to improve oral proficiency, and student descriptions of their experiences being assessed and then using their Arabic to communicate abroad. Learn more.

Professional Development

2014 SOPA Online Training Courses
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 will open in January 2014 for the Moderated Introduction to the SOPA, the Moderated Introduction to the SOPA Chinese, and the Rating the SOPA Chinese online courses.

Watch our website for registration information.

CAL Institutes: Professional Development Opportunities in Washington, DC
CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical hands-on tools, and help participants develop classroom activities that target the academic language demands of the Common Core State Standards.


  • SIOP Training of Trainers
    December 9-12, 2013

  • Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners Grades K-12
    December 13, 2013

Visit our website to learn more and register.

Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Services From CAL
CAL collaborates with schools and districts to design and conduct SIOP professional development programs that meet their particular needs. Informed by CAL's ongoing research, our experienced CAL SIOP team can provide a range of services, including SIOP workshops, coaching, site visits, and technical assistance, to create a sustainable SIOP professional development plan. CAL also offers professional development in the SIOP Model for adult language learners.
Visit our website to learn more.

Publications of Interest

Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism coverBilingual Community Education and Multilingualism: Beyond Heritage Languages in a Global City
This book from Multilingual Matters explores bilingual community education, specifically the educational spaces shaped and organized by American ethnolinguistic communities for their children in the multilingual city of New York. Through a rich variety of case studies, this collection examines the various structures that these communities use to educate their children as bilingual Americans. Learn more.

Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 2nd Edition coverGuiding Principles for Dual Language Education
Grounded in evidence from research and best practices, the guiding principles described in this CAL publication were developed to help dual language programs with planning and ongoing implementation. Learn more.

Immersion Education: Practices, Policies, Possibilities coverImmersion Education: Practices, Policies, Possibilities
This publication from Multilingual Matters showcases the practice and promise of immersion education through in-depth investigations of program designs, implementation practices, and policies in one-way, two-way, and indigenous programs. Contributors, including CAL senior fellow Donna Christian and CAL trustee Fred Genesee, present new research and reflect on possibilities for strengthening practices and policies in immersion education. Learn more.

Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools coverForeign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey
CAL surveyed public and private elementary and secondary schools across the country to identify current patterns and shifts over time in foreign language education. This report provides detailed information about the survey results and includes recommendations for increasing language capacity in the United States. Learn more.

Conference Updates

CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the following conferences.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention
November 21 24, 2013
Boston, MA

CAL staff will be participating in the panel Best Practices for English Learners: Exploring Standards-Based Instruction. The panel explores standards-based instruction for English learners (ELs). Topics include implications of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELs; the SIOP Model for meeting the CCSS for ELs; and instruction of academic language and literacy for ELs in the English language arts classroom.

Learn more about this session.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2013 Annual Convention
November 22 24, 2013
Orlando, FL

CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the 2013 ACTFL conference. Visit us at booth #603.
Browse our list of presentations online.


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