Center for Applied Linguistics

February 2018

Featured CAL Institute

Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for
English Learners

Learn high-impact approaches to teaching vocabulary to English learners and develop classroom strategies to meet their content and language development objectives.

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CAL Commentary
How Can the U.S. Overcome its Linguistic Deficit? The Findings of Two National Reports on Language Learners

This document highlights information from two recent research reports from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences outlining the benefits of bilingualism.

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New Research Project Focuses on Characteristics of High-Achieving Dual Language Immersion Programs

CAL researchers are working on a three-year grant to document the characteristics of successful dual language education programs.

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CAL Celebrates Black History Month

CAL is proud to celebrate Black History Month by highlighting selected resources and online information that honor the positive impact of generations of African Americans.

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CAL-WIDA Symposium
Connecting WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards with Practical Tools for Effective Dual Language Classroom Instruction

April 10 -11, 2018 ♦ Atlanta, GA

This engaging and interactive two-day symposium is designed to promote Spanish language development in a variety of bilingual and dual language settings.

Early bird registration deadline is March 1, 2018.

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Learn and Earn Credit with Online Courses from CAL

CAL's affordable self-paced online courses help educators learn about key topics in language education at their own pace. Participants receive a CAL Certificate of Completion that can often be used to obtain continuing educational credits from your school or district.

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

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

This new 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.

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New Publication: Useful Assessment and Evaluation in Language Education

The Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center has announced the publication of Useful Assessment and Evaluation in Language Education. This publication contains two chapters resulting from work at CAL, including the chapter, “Addressing Consequences and Validity during Test Design and Development: Implementing the CAL Validation Framework”, by CAL staff members Drs. Justin Kelly, Jennifer Renn, Jennifer Norton.

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TIRF 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Grants Competition Announced

TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is seeking applications from qualified doctoral candidates for proposals related to a range of topics in English language education. Awards are funded up to $5,000. The application deadline is April 25, 2018.

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Featured Conferences

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
2018 Conference

March 1 – 3, 2018 ♦ Albuquerque, NM

Language Assessment Research Conference 2018
March 21 – 23, 2018 ♦ Ames, IA
CAL is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference
March 24 – 27, 2018 ♦ Chicago, IL

TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo

March 27 - 30, 2018 ♦ Chicago, IL
CAL is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Annual Conference
March 28 – 31, 2018 ♦ Sacramento, CA
CAL and Santillana USA are proud to be sponsors of this event.

Visit our website to learn more about CAL staff presentations at each event.

What Teachers Need to Know About Language - Second Edition

This book shows what teachers need to know about language to help them improve their practice and ensure student success in the classroom and beyond.

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Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education – Third Edition

The third edition of this widely used resource reflects new knowledge, practices, and policies in the arena of dual language education and is designed to serve as an effective tool for planning, self-reflection, and continual improvement. Download the free PDF or order your print copy today for ease of use and reference.

Order by February 28 to take advantage of the special introductory offer.

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Dr. Jing Wei Appointed as Book Review Editor of Assessing Writing

CAL staff member Dr. Jing Wei has been appointed as book review editor for Assessing Writing, a refereed international journal providing a forum for ideas, research and practice on the assessment of written language.

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