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CAL shares news and announcements about our organization, staff and work as well as periodically posting links to online news articles that reference information related to our work and mission.

Links outside of the CAL website are provided for informational purposes only, and the opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the Center for Applied Linguistics.


Parents Want Elementary Pupils to Learn Foreign Languages - but Where?

October 31, 2014

Research shows that early language learning results in better pronunciation and higher levels of proficiency, as well as cognitive benefits associated with being bilingual. However, the majority of foreign language programs in the United States don’t start until middle school or even high school. 

Spanish-Language Immersion Schools Gain in Popularity

October 14, 2014

A growing number of families are enrolling their children in immersion schools, where half to all the curriculum is taught in a language other than English. Primary reasons include exposure to diversity that comes with language immersion and fluency in another language gives students the benefit to compete in the global marketplace.

Native American Language Revitalization Legislation in the 113th Congress

August 14, 2014

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is engaged in a campaign to educate and inform members of the U.S. Congress about the benefits of Native American language revitalization.

There are two bills currently pending in both houses of Congress which seek to enhance efforts to revitalize Native American languages. The Center for Applied Linguistics encourages you to visit the LSA website to learn more about steps you can take to help raise awareness within Congress about the importance of Native American language revitalization.

Visit the LSA website

Real Equality in Education Remains Elusive

June 5, 2014

Article by Libia S. Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition

This year the nation will commemorate two historic actions taken to protect equal rights: the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act. 

We are left with an important question: Has the promise of Brown and the Civil Rights Act been fulfilled?

US Schools add Vietnamese to Dual Immersion

March 22, 2014

In the last few years, dual immersion programs have taken off across the country, said Julie Sugarman, senior research associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Several hundred programs were created during the 1990s, many of them in Spanish, and more recently the model has expanded to more languages, she said.

What a Coca Cola Ad Taught Us About Language Policy in the U.S.

February 6, 2014

Millions of American crowded televisions sets to watch the Super Bowl, an annual sporting event so synonymous with American culture that Le Monde, a French newspaper, dubbed it "the other 4th of July." During the game, Coca Cola ran this minute-long spot featuring a variety of people singing "America the Beautiful" in a variety of languages.

Life as a Bilingual Blog Series: Cognitive Advantages of Second Language Immersion Education

January 8, 2014

This article addresses the development of enhanced cognitive skills in immersion education. Published in Psychology Today as part of an online blog series Life as a Bilingual: The reality of living with two (or more) languages by Dr. Francois Grosjean. This article will be especially helpful for immersion parents and school administrators who regularly promote the benefits of early language learning in an immersion school setting.