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Access to Language Education Award (ALE)


Each year, CALICO (The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium), in association with ESF and award a certificate and prize for a website offering exceptional language-learning resources. The winning project is recognized at the Business Meeting during CALICO’s Annual Conference, to be presented with theALE Award certificate and a $250 prize/honorarium.

Sites created and / or maintained by current CALICO members are eligible for the award. Nominated sites will be judged on the usefulness, the breadth and depth of available resources in support of language learning, meeting some or all of the following criteria. Sites must be open access (cost-free), or have an open access section (which will be the section evaluated for the Award).

1. Ease of access and range of accessibility: Web-based learning resources accessible by individual language learners from varying cultural, linguistic and geographic backgrounds.

2. Versatility of the resources: For learners of various ages (adolescent, university student, and/or adult self-learner) and educational goals (conversation, business, literature, preparation for language competence certification, etc.). Resources addressing varied learning styles and offering diverse types of learning activities and tasks.

3. Breadth of the resources: Materials to help students to progress from the beginning level of language learning to moderate levels of language proficiency. Sites which aggregate and annotate language learning resources available on other sites. Materials for learning more than one language will be considered a plus.

It is NOT necessary to meet all of these criteria. If you have created an outstanding language web site, please consider nominating it. CALICO members may submit nominations for their own web sites, or those of other CALICO members (with their consent).

Nominations should include:

A) a brief paragraph describing the nature and purpose of the web site,

B) contact information of the CALICO member who is the web site’s developer/maintainer (name, email address, and telephone number),

C) the URL of the web site,

D) A one-page (or less) discussion of how the site maximizes access to language learning, referencing the criteria described above.

Please be clear, concise, and DESCRIPTIVE in your brief descriptions. Deadline for nominations is ??????????, 2020. Please send nomination information directly to Derek Roff

Previous award holders



Kevin Waddell for his LifeSpark online information and app.


Tone Perfect: website for the learners of Mandarin Chineese with over thousand sound files and presenting words in all their tones, pronounced by men and women. By using the collection of recorded sounds, learners can listen and learn about the tones of the Mandarin, which can be very challenging for many.


The Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon. CASLS is one of sixteen National Foreign Language Resource Centers that work to increase the capacity for language teaching and learning in the U.S.

Mezdhu nami: An Interactive Introduction to Russian (visit the website)


Ayamel, ARCLITE Lab, Brigham Young University (Ayamel is a web-based system for streaming video and audio content especially as it applies to learning a foreign language).


Resource Center for Teachers of Russian
Evgeny Dengub, Susanna Nazarova, Marina Rojavin and Irina Dubinina



Papeirs-Mâchés is an online interactive tutorial to help learners improve their French writing skills.


Macedonian Language E-Learning Center

The Macedonian Language E-Learning Center is an online non-profit organization dedicated to Macedonian language learning and cultural understanding world-wide.


This website is a complete, interactive curriculum for intermediate-level learners of Spanish developped by the University of Kansas Collaborative Digital Spanish Project “Acceso”.



Aymara on the Internet

This course provides an overview of the ancient and unique Andean Aymara language and culture, as well as presents language study materials.
Gillian Lord, M. J. Hardman, Sue M. Legg, Elizabeth Lowe, Howard Beck


EuroCatering Language Training

A free language kit for professionals in the kitchen and restaurant (English, French, Spanish, Galician, Slovenian, Norwegian and Dutch)
Jozef Colpaert


Français interactif
Karen Kelton, Carl Blyth, & Nancy Guilloteau


Arabic Without Walls
Robert Blake & Kirk Belnap (Project Co-Directors); & Sonia Shiri (Course Designer)


French Online
Christopher Jones (Project Director & Coauthor); Marc Siskin (Technical Lead); & Sophie Queuniet & Bonnie Youngs (coauthors)



Piet Desmet & the Lingu@tic team

Honorable mention:

Autonomous Technology-assisted Language Learning (The ATALL wikibook) Gary Cziko

Bauhaus and Beyond: Influences on Chicago’s Skyline Franziska Lys, Denise Meuser, & Ingrid Zeller (Project Conception and Development); Denise Meuser & Ingrid Zeller (Video Production); Mark Schaefer (Camera and Editing); Franziska Lys, Daniel Escuatia, & Adam Bennett (Software Development)


German Resources on the Web
Jim Witte, Donna Van Handle, & Anne Green (American Association of Teachers of German).


Spanish Grammar Exercises Barbara Kuczun Nelson