Principles to practice approach for ELL success

August 4–5, 2014

9:00 am 4:00 pm ET
Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Chevy Chase, MD

Please join us for this engaging two-day institute designed to increase understanding and provide practical resources about important topics for educators working with English learners in their classrooms and schools. Learn how to provide instruction for English learners based on a 21st century approach to academic literacy that is aligned with today’s rigorous standards.

The institute focuses on the latest from CAL’s professional development series, Hot Topics in ELL Education: Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas.

The institute is designed primarily for classroom teachers who instruct in the middle grades and high school. Other educators (including ESL and other school specialists and district and state administrators who work with classroom teachers) will also find value in this professional development opportunity. Collaborative teaching teams and teacher leaders are especially encouraged to attend.

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Hot Topics: Academic Literacy
August 4–5, 2014

View the CAL 2014 Institute calendar.


The institute will be devoted to the following activities:

  • 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
  • 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

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

$1,150/person. Send 2 people or more and pay $1,100 each.

Cost includes all training materials (2 workbooks and 2 companion videos) and breakfast and lunch each day.
Register early, as space is limited.

Travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Learn more about our graduate credit option for this institute.*

Daily Training Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast and conversation
9:00 am – Noon Morning training session
Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch and networking
1:00 – 4:00 pm Afternoon training session (including mid-afternoon dessert break)

Registration and Payment

Register as soon as possible.

Please decide about your method of payment (credit card or purchase order) at the time of registration. Your seat at the workshop will be confirmed once payment is received. If paying by purchase order, you can complete the online payment form by entering your purchase order number. If you do not have a purchase order, complete steps 1-4 on the registration form to tentatively reserve your seat and fax a signed copy of the purchase order to 888-700-3629 as soon as possible.

Cancellation Policy
Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund three (3) weeks prior to the course start date by sending an email to After that date, no refunds will be available. Registrants may choose to receive the workshop materials by mail or may transfer the registration to another individual up to three (3) days prior to the course start date.

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, Research Associate.

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Hot Topics: Academic Literacy
August 4–5, 2014

Book Your Hotel Room

All Institutes will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Chevy Chase, MD.

Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Discounted hotel reservations can be made by following the appropriate link below or by calling the hotel
at 301-656-1500 and mentioning the Center for Applied Linguistics.

Hotel Link August Hot Topics 2014

Hotel reservations must be made by July 14, 2014 for the June Hot Topics Institute.

The hotel has a day-of-arrival (by 6:00 pm) cancellation policy. Visit the Courtyard Marriott Hotel website for more information on the full cancellation policy.

Onsite Services

Contact us to learn more about our professional development services delivered at your location.