Center for Applied Linguistics

April 23, 2015

CAL Institutes: Targeted Professional Development

The complete 2015 Institutes calendar is now available, including two new institutes described below.

Visit our website to learn more and register.

CAL Institutes: Announcing Two New Professional Development Institutes in DC

Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies
August 11-12, 2015

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.

Leading Dual Language Programs for Student Success: A CAL Leadership Institute
October 7-8, 2015

This institute is designed to help educators strengthen their leadership by gaining a solid understanding of the benefits of dual language education and learning how they can develop an effective dual language program that promotes student success on their campus. Learn more.

Current BEST Plus Tests Remain Available for Purchase and Use


CAL will continue to sell the current version of BEST Plus, which is authorized by OCTAE for use through June 30, 2016.

Once the notice of BEST Plus 2.0 approval is published in the Federal Register, CAL will begin the transition to BEST Plus 2.0. We will work closely with programs to make this transition as easy as possible.

Contact CAL with questions and sign up for our May and June webinars to learn more and ask questions of the BEST Plus team at CAL.

Cultural Orientation Resource (COR)
Center Update


The Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center was housed at CAL for 15 years, serving as the national technical assistance provider on both overseas and domestic refugee orientation and on the backgrounds and likely resettlement needs of new refugee groups. Beginning in March 2015, the International Rescue Committee became the new national technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

Visit the new Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange website for more information about the current CO technical assistance project or to access newly developed resources.

CAL will continue to make the archived Cultural Orientation Resource Center website available as a convenience to the field.

Immigrant and Refugee Integration Resources from CAL

Drawing on our decades of experience, CAL continues to be very active in providing information and resources for the Immigrant and Refugee Integration field. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about current projects, new services, conference presentations, and the wide range of resources available for educators and service providers working with immigrants and refugees.

Learn more.

Education Connections Webinar

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 online resources, including the upcoming webinar, From NCLB to Next Generation College and Career-Ready State Standards: Supporting ELLs in an Era of Standards with Dr. Wayne Wright, May 6, 2015, 1:00-2:00 pm ET.

Join today.

Charles A. Ferguson Award for Outstanding Scholarship

The Center for Applied Linguistics and Stanford University are pleased to congratulate Dr. Thom Huebner, recipient of the inaugural Charles A. Ferguson Award. Visit our website to read remarks from Dr. Huebner.

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CAL Event: Does the World Need Language Rights?
May 6, 2015 ♦ Washington, DC

Dr. Fernand de Varennes, one of the world's leading legal experts on language rights and the rights of minorities, will discuss protection of linguistic diversity and language rights at the international level. Join us for this special presentation.

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CAL Event: Towards an Understanding of the L2 Selves of Australian Community/Heritage Language Learners
May 11, 2015 ♦ Washington, DC

Dr. Elke Stracke will share information about her study exploring the motivation of children and teenagers learning community/heritage languages in Australia. Dr. Stracke is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, University of Canberra, Australia. Join us for this special presentation.

Learn more and register.

Teaching and Learning English Grammar: Research Findings and Future Directions

An important contribution to the emerging body of research-based knowledge about English grammar, this volume presents empirical studies along with syntheses and overviews of previous and ongoing work on the teaching and learning of grammar for learners of English as a second/foreign language.

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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.

Learn more.

Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) – Available in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, 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.

Learn more.

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