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August 18, 2010


mproving Education for English Learners: Research-Based Approaches

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This new publication from the California Department of Education addresses critical questions for educators about optimizing English language and literacy development and content instruction.

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Publication: Making Content Comprehensible for English LearnersMaking Content Comprehensible for English Learners: Now Available in Elementary and Secondary Versions

This widely used publication presents the 8 components and 30 features of the SIOP Model and includes teaching scenarios that illustrate different levels of implementation of each component. Two new versions, geared toward the specific needs of elementary and secondary teachers, are now available. Learn more.

Connecting Diverse Cultures: A Video Guide for A New Day and Be Who You Are
Coming Soon

This guide will serve as a companion to our refugee families and youth DVD, which includes the videos A New Day and Be Who You Are. It incorporates segments of the videos into a selection of engaging activities designed to help increase understanding of and respect for other cultures and beliefs. This guide has been developed to assist teachers and facilitators in enhancing tolerance and multiculturalism in K–12 classrooms and in adult ESL classes. Watch our website for updates.

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Coaching Language Teachers
This digest introduces the topic of coaching language teachers in a way that is responsive to the complex, varied, and dynamic landscapes of language classrooms. It describes three dimensions of coaching discourse that can shape dialogues among coaches and language teachers and presents some general advice for coaches. Learn more.

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New CAELA Network Brief Now Available

Promoting Learner Engagement When Working With Adult English Language Learners
This brief provides an overview of theory and research on learner engagement in language-learning settings, describes specific instructional strategies and program structures to promote the engagement of adults learning English, and makes recommendations for further research on learner engagement in this population.
Read the brief online or download the PDF.

Publication:Practitioner Toolkit: Working With Adult English Language Learners

Practitioner Toolkit: Working With Adult English Language Learners
This toolkit provides a variety of materials to help language and literacy instructors who are new to serving adults and families learning English. Learn more.

Professional Development

SOPA Training CoursesUpcoming SOPA Online Training Courses
CAL offers online training courses that teach participants how to administer and rate students' oral language using the Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA) for K-8 language learners.
New Moderated Introduction to SOPA and Rating the SOPA courses will be starting in September 2010. Learn more.

Publication: Direct Strategies Institutes on Teaching Reading to English Language LearnersTraining of Trainers Institutes in Washington, DC: Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
October 6 – 8, 2010 December 6 – 8, 2010
Based on the What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? curriculum, training of trainers institutes are designed for trainers who plan to use the curriculum to provide professional development for educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners. Learn more and register.

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