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Language Education Milestones


To commemorate its 50th anniversary, the Washington-based Center for Applied Linguistics has published a time line of accomplishments in the world of language education spearheaded by the center. In 1969, for example, the organization was the first to work with the federal government's Bureau of Indian Affairs to identify problems that Native American children have in learning English. In 1981, it published a directory of foreign-language immersion programs. In 1995, it managed a project to create English-as-a-second-language standards for pre-K-12 students for the national organization, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. These events are put in a context of what else was happening in the United States and world, such as that the number of foreign-born people living in the United States grew from 9.7 million in 1960 to 31.1 million in 2000.

Over the years, I've found the researchers at CAL to be diligent in supporting the expansion of multilingualism in this country as well determining best practices for teaching children from immigrant families to acquire English.


The time line is awesome. Thank you. It has links to everything so readers should check it out.

Hi Mary Ann,

I've been following your blog for a long time now, and I have to take a second to say how great it is. I also want to share 2 links with you.



The first one has news articles from all over the world about ESL/EFL. The second one is analysis of trends in ESL news--what's hot right now. They're done through a publisher, but so far the guy posting hasn't promoted any of their books.

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