Center for Applied Linguistics

June 2016


CAL Institutes: Targeted Professional Development

Browse the complete CAL institutes calendar and register today. This month we feature our upcoming summer institutes, listed below. Join CAL in Washington DC or ask about services delivered at your location.

Visit our website to learn more and register.

CAL Institutes: Register Now for Our Upcoming Summer Institutes in DC

Leading Dual Language Programs for Student Success: A CAL Leadership Institute
July 11-13, 2016

Teaching Reading to Students Learning English: Direct Strategies
July 11-13, 2016

SIOP Training of Trainers II: Advanced Strategies
July 25-28, 2016

Foundations of Dual Language Instruction
July 26-27, 2016

Spanish Literacy Institute: Fostering Spanish Language and Literacy Development
August 3-4, 2016

Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies
August 9-10, 2016

View the complete 2016 calendar and register.


CAL and WIDA Launch New Collaborative Symposium

Promoting Spanish Language Development for Emergent Bilinguals
Como Fomentar el Desarrollo del Español en Estudiantes Bilingües Emergentes

August 18 - 19, 2016 ♦ Madison, WI

Learn research-based practitioner strategies to develop the Spanish language skills of emergent bilinguals aligned with WIDA’s Spanish Language Development Standards and CAL’s proven Spanish instruction techniques.

Learn more and register.


BEST Plus 2.0 Launches July 1, 2016

CAL will launch BEST Plus 2.0 on July 1, 2016 to coincide with the new program year. CAL is pleased to offer a discount on the BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Guides (TAG) from May 16 - December 31, 2016 to help our customers who wish to order additional copies for their current trained test administrators.

In addition, an update to CAL’s Adult ESL Assessments website is set to launch on June 24, 2016. The revamped website will provide simplified navigation and easier access to important information for users of BEST Plus and BEST Literacy.

Learn more about BEST Plus 2.0.


Education Connections Webinar

Join this online teacher network, managed by CAL, that offers resources, webinars, lesson planning tools, and a professional learning community focusing on standards-based instruction.

Membership is free and provides access to a variety of online resources, including the upcoming webinar, A Language-Based Approach to Content Instruction: Six Cs of Scaffolding with Dr. Luciana de Oliveira, June 30, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm ET.

Join today.


Two Self-Paced Online Courses Now Available

Fundamentals of Sheltered Instruction: Featuring the SIOP Model

Literacy Development for English Learners

Based on decades of research on how language is learned and extensive experience in working with educators to help language learners succeed, CAL is pleased to offer these self-paced courses designed to enhance educator knowledge. The cost is affordable and CAL can also offers tiered pricing to schools and districts who wish to have groups of teachers participate in our online courses.

Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion that can often be used to obtain continuing educational credits from your school or district.

Learn more and register.


Summary Report Available: Symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Study Group on Language and the United Nations – an independent group of scholars and practitioners on matters related to language – convened a symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals in April, 2016. Its goal was to examine the importance of issues of language in the formulation, implementation, and successful completion of the Goals.

Learn more.


Featured Conferences

CAL is proud to be a sponsor of these upcoming fall conferences.

WIDA 2016 National Conference
October 12 - 15, 2016 ♦ Philadelphia, PA

Registration is now open. Learn more.

WATESOL Fall Conference 2016
October 15 - 16, 2016 ♦ Rockville, MD

Call for proposals is open through June 26, 2016. Learn more.

ECOLT 2016
October 28, 2016 ♦ Washington, DC

Learn more.

La Cosecha Dual Language Conference 2016
November 9 - 12, 2016 ♦ Santa Fe, NM

Early registration deadline is July 15, 2016. Learn more.

New CAL Practitioner Brief Now Available
Using Sheltered Instruction to Support English Learners

This brief describes when and how to use sheltered instruction to support English learners; discusses fundamental components of sheltered instruction, including content and language objectives, instructional strategies, and assessment of content learning; and concludes with a list of resources to help teachers support students through sheltered instruction as they develop their English proficiency and master grade-level academic content.

Visit our website to download the free brief.


Learning the SIOP Model: Video and Viewers Guide

Learning the SIOP Model is a practical, hands-on tool for educators to learn more about the SIOP Model and its effective use in the classroom. Video clips from authentic classroom lessons demonstrate various features of the SIOP Model, and the companion viewers guide provides hands-on resources for use in professional development and in the classroom.

Learn more.


What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?

This resource provides teacher trainers and other educators with a research-based curriculum to guide the professional development of classroom and ESL teachers who teach literacy skills and reading comprehension in classes where some or all of the students are English learners.

This widely used professional development tool includes a comprehensive trainer's manual, a study guide for use by individual teachers, a DVD of the popular video Why Reading Is Hard, and a CD of the presentations materials.

Learn more.


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