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New Online Visual Glossary for Language Educators
By:Michael Shaughnessy


Announcing the second incarnation of CAPL, the Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon.

Available at capl.washjeff.edu

CAPL is a free, online, non-commercial visual glossary comprised of authentic photos for language and cultural instruction and research. Created at Washington & Jefferson College, CAPL seeks to provide teachers and learners with high-quality authentic images for their classrooms and teaching materials. Additionally, it provides researchers in applied linguistics, visual cognition, and automated image recognition with a database of high-quality culturally authentic images they can use in their research. At the core of CAPL is the generous creative commons license.

Usage guidelines are available here:

Currently, CAPL has a large German and ESL database of photos that are constantly expanding. The following languages are being developed and should be online in 2009.



ESL (North American)





Portuguese (Brazil)

Portuguese (Portugal)


Spanish (Central America & Caribbean)

Spanish (Mexico)

Spanish (Southern Cone)

Spanish (Spain)

Our usage policy is simple and meant to encourage a variety of educational uses:

The pictures in this database may be viewed, downloaded, linked, manipulated, copied, displayed, and redistributed free of charge for educational, non-commercial purposes as specified by the Creative Commons license "http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/. Please cite
CAPL @ washjeff.edu as the source.

For questions or inquiries regarding collaboration contact Dr. Michael Shaughnessy, Project Director at

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