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Tonkin Elected Chair of the Board of the Center for Applied Linguistics
Humphrey Tonkin, president emeritus and University professor of the humanities, has been elected chair of the board of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), a private, nonprofit organization working to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture.
Established in 1959, CAL is headquartered in Washington, D.C. CAL has earned a national and international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual education, English as a second language, literacy education, foreign language education, dialect studies, language policy, refugee orientation, and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children.
CAL's staff of almost 100 employees conducts research, designs and develops instructional materials and language tests, provides technical assistance and professional development, conducts needs assessments and program evaluations, and disseminates information and resources related to language and culture.