Principles to practice approach for EL success

October 19–20, 2017

Registration Closed

8:30 am 3:30 pm ET
Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC

Design practical, hands-on activities for English learners to be successful within rigorous content instruction while exploring the academic language and literacy practices of the 21st century classroom.

This institute is based on a 21st century approach to literacy, which includes the incorporation of oral language skills, technology tools, and other modalities.

Participants will explore the academic language and literacy practices –– such as listening for the speaker’s point of view or justifying the answer to a math problem –– that students need to be successful within rigorous content instruction. They will also learn how to scaffold participation in these discipline-specific practices, such as creating a model of the planetary system or contrasting two different cultural versions of a story. Participants will have the opportunity to design activities to bridge from students’ own literacy practices to classroom literacy tasks, including close reading and argumentation. Sample unit plans from social studies, English language arts, and science are used as examples of student tasks related to developing language and literacy in content instruction.

Throughout the two days, activities that teachers can implement in the classroom will be modeled. Strategies are applicable to newcomer students, students with limited or informal education, bilingual learners, as well as students at intermediate and advanced proficiencies in English.

The institute is designed primarily for content and ESL teachers or other school specialists who instruct in the middle grades and high school. Collaborative teaching teams and teacher leaders are especially encouraged to attend.

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Early bird registration by September 1, 2017: $875/person.
After September 1, 2017: $950/person. Send 2 people or more and pay $900 each.

Cost includes all training materials (1 workbook and 2 companion videos, a retail value of $75) and breakfast and lunch each day.

Travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Sample Agenda

Topics will include:

Day 1

  • Analyzing the Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners
  • Identifying a variety of approaches to understanding academic literacy
  • Recognizing and explaining multimodal forms of literacy
  • Determining which forms of literacy are most prevalent in specific content areas
  • Applying understandings of academic literacy development to real student scenarios and how to bridge students’ home literacy practices with classroom work

Day 2

  • Identifying a variety of approaches to viewing and understanding academic language
  • Recognizing and explaining features of academic English in different content areas
  • Identifying academic practices promoted by college and career readiness standards that are interconnected with academic language, including argumentation and close reading of text
  • Connecting processes of academic language and literacy development in the content areas with best practices of instruction

Each attendee will receive the new professional development workbook and accompanying video plus two full unit plans.

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Daily Training Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast and conversation
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Morning training session
12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch and networking
12:45 – 3:30 pm Afternoon training session (including mid-afternoon dessert break)


In order to reserve a seat at CAL's Institute, please register by completing steps 1-4 of the online registration form to tentatively reserve your seat for this Institute. A confirmation email will follow with information about payment to guarantee your seat. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Payment may follow separately.

Your seat at the workshop will be confirmed once payment is received. Please decide about your method of payment (credit card or purchase order).

If paying by credit card, register to reserve your seat. The final step will connect you to the CAL Store and allow you to submit credit card information for payment. Call 888-543-9461 to speak to a representative.

If paying by purchase order (PO), register to reserve your seat and then send a signed copy of your PO by fax to 888-700-3629 or email a PDF to as soon as possible. If you need a quote, please contact the CAL Store at 855-543-9461 or e-mail the request for quote form to

Cancellation Policy
We encourage participants to register as soon as possible and to let CAL know if you do not plan to attend the session as soon as possible. Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund up to three (3) weeks prior to the course start date by sending an email to After that date, no refunds will be available. However, registrants may choose to receive the workshop materials by mail, postpone their attendance to a future CAL Institute, or transfer the registration to another individual up to three (3) days prior to the course start date. Contact us to discuss your options.

Certificate of Completion
Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion which may be used for continuing education credit.

Questions about workshop registration, payment, cancellation, or to be added to the waiting list for future workshops, contact Marilyn Raphael, Coordinator, or call 202-355-1500.

Questions about workshop content, contact Annie Duguay, Director, PreK-12 EL Professional Development.

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Venue and Travel Information

This Institute will be held at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Visit our website for directions to CAL and to view a list of local hotels.

Please note that all travel arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

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