Center for Applied Linguistics

June 2017

Featured CAL Institute
Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies

This interactive two-day institute provides effective strategies and practical hands-on activities to create a welcoming environment for newcomer students and facilitate their learning.

Learn more and register.


Browse the 2017 CAL Institutes calendar.

Update on BEST Plus and BEST Literacy

CAL is in the process of developing the next versions of BEST Plus and BEST Literacy. We are on track to submit them to OCTAE for approval in 2018 to be available starting July 1, 2019. Watch our website for updates.

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Learn and Earn Credit with Online Courses from CAL

Approaches to Instruction for English Learners

Fundamentals of Sheltered Instruction: Featuring the SIOP Model

Literacy Development for English Learners

These self-paced courses are designed to enhance educator knowledge. Participants receive a CAL Certificate of Completion that can often be used to obtain continuing education credits from your school or district.

The cost is affordable and CAL also offers tiered pricing to schools and districts who wish to have groups of teachers participate in our online courses.

Learn more and register.

Introduction to Dual Language Education: Key Features and Best Practices
A new online self-paced course from CAL and Santillana USA

This interactive, self-paced online course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to dual language education with a focus on the Three Pillars of Dual Language Education used by successful programs.

Participants receive a Certificate of Completion that can often be used to obtain continuing education credits from your school or district.

Learn more and register.

Education Connections Webinars

Join this online teacher network, managed by CAL, that offers resources, webinars, lesson planning tools and a professional learning community focusing on standards-based instruction.

Membership is free and provides access to a variety of resources, including the webinar series, Supporting Newcomer English Learners, which provides strategies for supporting the language, content, and non-academic needs of students new to U.S. schools.

Supporting Newcomer English Learners: Session 2
June 28, 2017 2:00 ET

Supporting Newcomer English Learners: Session 3
July 12, 2017 2:00 ET

Join today.

Featured Conferences

CAL is proud to be a sponsor of these upcoming fall conferences.

Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference
October 7, 2017 ♦ Washington, DC

Early bird registration is now open. Learn more.

WIDA 2017 National Conference
October 16 - 19, 2017 ♦ Tampa, FL

Registration is open. Learn more.

La Cosecha Dual Language Conference 2017
November 1 - 4, 2017 ♦ Albuquerque, NM

Early registration deadline is July 15, 2017. Learn more.

Announcing the Release of the 2015-16 CAL Annual Report

The 2015-16 CAL Annual Report is now available. Learn about CAL’s research, projects, resources and services.

Read the report.

Dialects at School: Educating Linguistically Diverse Students

This book illuminates major language-related issues that educational practitioners confront, such as responding to dialect related features in students’ speech and writing, teaching students about dialects, and distinguishing dialect difference from language disorders.

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Demonstrating Comprehensible Input: Mandarin Chinese Lesson Video Clips

This five-minute video with companion professional development activities is designed to serve as a professional development tool to help increase awareness of the needs of beginner English learners in the content classroom.

Learn more.

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