Center for Applied Linguistics

March 2018

Featured CAL Institute

Promoting Cultural Proficiency to Boost Outcomes for All Students

May 22 – 23, 2018 - Washington DC

Learn best practices for promoting cultural proficiency in your school to establish communities of inclusion, creating educational equity for all students.

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CAL Commentary
Interrogating the “Language Gap”

This document highlights the work of Professor Jonathan Rosa at Stanford University, who provides a sociolinguistic critique on the terminology used to define emergent bilinguals and introduces a raciolinguistic framework as a way to interrogate the language gap and other deficit perspectives. Dr. Rosa is this year’s recipient of CAL’s Charles A. Ferguson Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

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CAL English Proficiency Tests

CAL English Proficiency Tests are a suite of separate English language proficiency tests developed for primary and secondary students and teachers in Latin America and can be appropriately modified for use in other countries where English is taught as a foreign language. The recently launched CAL English Proficiency Tests for Students measures the English language proficiency of English language learners at two levels: primary school and secondary school. The test measures students’ English language ability in four skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

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Spotlight on Language Policy Research

The Center for Applied Linguistics is pleased to host the Language Policy Research Network (LPReN), a research network affiliated with the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée, (the International Association of Applied Linguistics) Research Networks Committee initially launched in 2006 and renewed in January 2018.

LPReN is an international network of researchers, scholars, and stakeholders invested in issues related to educational language policy and its impact on communities.

Visit the LPReN website to learn more about the network or to join LPReN’s listserv.

CAL President Joel Gómez Receives NABE 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to CAL President Joel Gómez on receiving the NABE 2018 Ramón Santiago Award. Named for the founder of NABE, the award represents career-long contributions to bilingual education, mother tongue education and social justice.

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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.

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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 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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Featured Conference

TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo

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

Join CAL staff at the following presentations:

  • PCI: Creating a Rich Language Environment for the Right Words
  • A Fresh Look at Language Assessment: Through the CAL Lens
  • Bridging the Gap between Oral Language and Academic Literacy
  • Focus on EL Literacy: CAL Solutions Services and Online Learning
  • Harnessing the Power of Technology for Assessment: CAL Test Platform
  • Modifying the Test: Making Classroom Assessments Accessible for ELs
  • Promoting Language and Literacy in the Content Classroom: Pre-service Collaboration
  • Research-Based Assessment Practices for ITA Programs

Visit the CAL website for more information about each CAL session.

Upcoming Conferences

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

7th Annual Southern New England Conference for Dual Language Programs
March 24, 2018 ♦ Somerville, MA

COABE Conference 2018
March 25 – 28, 2018 ♦ Phoenix, AZ

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.

National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) 2018
April 12 – 16, 2018 ♦ New York, NY

AERA 2018 Annual Meeting
April 13 – 17, 2018 ♦ New York, NY

WIDA National Conference
October 23 - 26, 2018 ♦ Detroit, MI

La Cosecha 2018 Dual Language Conference
November 14 – 17, 2018 ♦ Santa Fe, NM

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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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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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.

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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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