Center for Applied Linguistics

May 21, 2015

CAL Institutes: Targeted Professional Development

The complete 2015 Institutes calendar is now available. This month we feature our August Institutes, listed below. Join us in DC this summer.

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CAL Institutes: Register Now for Our August Institutes in DC

Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt for English Learners
August 3-4, 2015

Spanish Literacy Institute
August 4-5, 2015

Oral Language Development for English Learners
August 5, 2015

Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners
August 6, 2015

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

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Current BEST Plus Test 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.

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Project Spotlight: EHLS Celebrates Ten Years

The English for Heritage Speakers (EHLS) project is celebrating its tenth year with EHLS Directors from CAL and Georgetown University providing the plenary at the Interagency Language Roundtable on June 5, 2015. The EHLS program is an intensive program of study for adults who possess a high level of proficiency in a critical language and want to achieve professional proficiency in English.

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Project Update: Listings of U.S.-Based Graduate Programs in Applied Linguistics

CAL investigated the state of applied linguistics graduate programs in the United States. The results of the survey were compiled to serve as a resource for students of applied linguistics, faculty, and researchers and are presented as a series of searchable PDFs.

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Education Connections: View Our Free Webinars

Join this free online community that provides access to a wide range of resources, including a series of webinars by leading educators in the field.

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Upcoming Conference: American University Fall Conference
Community-Based Heritage Language Schools: Promoting Collaboration Among Educators, Families, and Researchers
September 19, 2015 ♦ Washington, DC

Leaders in the field of heritage language education will present and lead discussions with educators and parents as they share best practices to help seek effective solutions to common challenges. Dr. Olga Kagan, Director of the National Heritage Language Center at UCLA, will deliver the keynote address. Registration will open in June 2015. CAL is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

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Upcoming Conference: ECOLT 2015
October 9, 2015 ♦ Washington, DC

The East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT) is pleased to announce its fourteenth annual conference. This year's plenary speaker will be Dr. Paula Winke, Michigan State University. The call for papers is now available.

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Featured Event: WIDA 2015 National Conference
October 14-16, 2015 ♦ Las Vegas, NV

WIDA's annual conference will provide preK through Grade 12 educators of language learners opportunities for professional development, idea sharing, relationship building, and strategic collaboration. CAL is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the WIDA 2015 National Conference.

Early bird registration is open through May 31, 2015.

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Upcoming Conference: La Cosecha 2015
November 4-7, 2015 ♦ Albuquerque, NM

CAL is proud to be a partner and sponsor of La Cosecha 2015. This annual conference, hosted by the Dual Language Education of New Mexico, brings together educators, parents, researchers and practitioners supporting dual language enrichment programs in New Mexico and across the United States. The early registration deadline is July 15, 2015.

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TIRF Announces New James E. Alatis Prize for Research in Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts

TIRF — The International Research Foundation for English Language Education - has established the James E. Alatis Prize for Research in Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts to honor the contributions TIRF Trustee Emeritus James E. Alatis made to the field as an outstanding educator and leader. The nomination deadline is November 16, 2015.

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Faces of Resettlement: Refugees in U.S. Communities

This video features the stories of five individuals, told in their own voices, who entered the United States as refugees and who are making positive contributions to their communities. The video also includes interviews with receiving community members who have been deeply touched by the friendship and contributions of their new neighbors.

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