PreK-12 EL Education
In order to address the unique needs of English learners, educators are seeking effective programs and research-based instructional strategies to serve these students. CAL’s projects focus on language and literacy acquisition in the elementary and secondary grades, particularly for learners for whom English is a second language. For decades, the Center for Applied Linguistics has been conducting research and developing effective resources for educators working with English language learners.
Many instructional approaches are based on the belief that access to academic content by English learners can be enhanced by integrating language and content instruction. CAL works to promote students’ acquisition of content knowledge and language and literacy skills by helping teachers develop instructional practices that facilitate learning for English learners.
Sheltered instruction is one effective approach to teaching grade-level content. Teachers adjust their instructional practices and adapt academic content materials to the students’ levels of English proficiency. Sheltered instruction techniques are woven into many of CAL’s professional development services and materials and are a cornerstone of our work with the SIOP Model.
Accelerating the Common Core Promoting Educator Networks: Standards-Based Instruction for Secondary English Learners (PEN)
CAL is partnering with the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, on this two-year project to provide support for secondary teachers working to implement the Common Core with English learners.
Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE)
CREATE’s program of research was designed to enhance the empirical research base for Grade 4-8 readers.
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) has awarded the contract for the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) to Leed Management Consulting, Inc. (LMCi). CAL is pleased to be a partner, along with Synergy Enterprises, Inc. (SEI), to provide support to different stakeholders involved in the education of English Learners (ELs).
Three videos, available on one DVD with a companion viewers guide, illustrate three SIOP lessons at different grade levels: second grade, eighth grade, and high school/GED. Designed to deepen understanding of SIOP Model implementation at the classroom level and to support professional development initiatives, these videos are also used in CAL SIOP professional development workshops and online learning.
This workbook addresses research foundations and principles of instruction for teaching math and science to English language learners. It focuses on the language of math and science, making math and science comprehensible, developing higher order thinking, and the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. A companion DVD provides authentic classroom videos that demonstrate key concepts.
Based on a 21st century approach to academic literacy that is aligned with today’s rigorous standards, this resource provides research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools to help educators develop effective classroom activities. The package includes a comprehensive workbook supported by authentic classroom video and two complete unit plans on CD-ROM.
This teacher-oriented practical workbook provides research foundations for listening and speaking and principles of instruction for English language learners. It includes real-world examples and a companion DVD with new authentic classroom videos. This practical tool is designed for classroom teachers in elementary and middle schools (Grades K-8).
Improving Educational Outcomes for ELs
CAL specializes in developing effective solutions to the challenges faced by educators working with language learners in PreK-12 education. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff use research-based, effective practices to improve educational outcomes for ELs, drawing on years of experience in the classroom to personalize services for you.
CAL Institutes: Professional Development Opportunities in Washington, DC Metro Area
CAL is continuing to expand its successful series of professional development institutes focusing on key issues for educators. CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools and help teachers develop classroom activities that target the academic language demands of college and career readiness standards, including the Common Core State Standards.
News & Events
The challenge of helping students learning English become fluent quickly enough so they can learn other subjects, pass state tests and prepare for a life in the U.S. is increasingly common across Central Indiana.
In a 7-year study where half the students are ELLs, setting a school-wide goal of improved writing skills and using a genres-based instructional method improved the performance of EL students on state and internal assessments.
Read the blog post by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who states that Federal lawmakers should replace No Child Left Behind with a new and better law.
Officials with the U.S. Department of Education are reviewing the number and types of tests given to English language learners.
Federal Government Provides Guidance and Resources on Meeting the Obligations to English Learners Under Civil Rights Laws
The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice have released guidelines outlining the legal obligations of state and local education agencies to English learner students under civil rights laws and other federal requirements.