Center for Applied Linguistics

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), a private, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., works to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture. To advance this mission, CAL has made contributions to the fields of bilingual, English as a second language, literacy, and foreign-language education; workforce development; dialect studies; language assessment; language policy; refugee orientation; international development; and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children around the world. This entry highlights organizational activities related to diversity in education.


CAL was founded in 1959—initially through a grant from the Ford Foundation to the Modern Language Association—to meet the need for a national center that could serve as a clearinghouse for research and practice related to languages and language education. Charles Ferguson, a ...

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