Center for Applied Linguistics

November 17, 2015

Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI)
Available in Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic and Spanish

The COPI is a comprehensive oral proficiency assessment that provides reliable, valid results to help inform instruction and gauge student progress.

The COPI provides language professionals with a computerized, time-efficient tool to assess their students’ language proficiency.

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CAL and Santillana USA Partner to Promote Dual Language Education in the U.S.

The Center for Applied Linguistics is pleased to announce our partnership with Santillana USA to focus on a variety of activities related to dual language education in the United States. Our first collaboration will include joint professional development services utilizing the widely-used Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education.

CAL and Santillana will also sponsor the National Dual Language Forum (NDLF) website. CAL’s Board of Trustees has directed CAL, as part of its mission enhancement activities, to establish the NDLF to foster collaboration among key stakeholders in the field and help inform the public about the benefits of dual language education. The NDLF website will provide links to many of CAL’s dual language resources and will serve as a portal to resources from a wide range of organizations dedicated to promoting dual language education.

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Featured CAL Institute: Fostering Spanish Language and Literacy Development

Each two-day Spanish Literacy institute is designed to provide participants with effective methodologies for teaching academic language and literacy in Spanish to students in a wide variety of K-8 educational setting where Spanish is the language of instruction. Classroom practices are framed by an understanding of Spanish language arts standards and linguistic features in Spanish.

Visit our website to learn more and register.

2016 SOPA/ELLOPA Online Training Courses – Registration Now Open

SOPA Online Training courses teach participants how to administer and rate students' oral language using CAL's innovative oral proficiency assessments: SOPA (Student Oral Proficiency Assessment) and ELLOPA (Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment).

Our 2016 SOPA/ELLOPA online course calendar is available online. Learn more and register.

Refugees from Syria

This Refugee Backgrounder provides resettlement communities with basic information about Syrian refugees. It includes a brief guide to Syria’s history, people, and cultures and looks at the current crisis in Syria and conditions faced by refugees.

Download the free PDF.

Project Update: STARTALK

The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, supported by STARTALK, has developed the Heritage Program Directory. This free online resource features heritage language programs in STARTALK and other heritage languages and is a rich resource of data for anyone interested in continued language learning.

Visit the Consortium website to learn more and to view the directory.

New Self-Paced Online Course Now Available Fundamentals of Sheltered Instruction: Featuring the SIOP Model

This new self-paced online course from CAL is designed to help teachers and administrators increase their knowledge of research-based sheltered instruction to support the language and content learning needs of English learners.

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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2015 Annual Convention
November 20 – 22, 2015 ♦ San Diego, CA

CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the 2015 ACTFL conference. Visit us at booth #1327.

View CAL staff presentations at ACTFL 2015.

Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education

Grounded in evidence from research and best practices, the guiding principles described in this CAL publication were developed as a tool to help dual language programs with planning and ongoing implementation.

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Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas

Based on a 21st century approach to academic literacy that is aligned with today's rigorous standards, this resource includes a comprehensive workbook, authentic classroom video, and two complete unit plans on CD-ROM

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Learning the SIOP Model: Video and Viewers Guide

Learning the SIOP Model is a practical, hands-on tool for educators to learn more about the SIOP Model and its effective use in the classroom. Video clips from authentic classroom lessons demonstrate various features of the SIOP Model, and the companion viewers guide provides hands-on resources for use in professional development and in the classroom.

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Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism: Beyond Heritage Languages in a Global City

This book 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.

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