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Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners Grades K-12

July 18, 2014
Registration Closed

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

Learn research-based strategies and classroom-tested techniques for improving the vocabulary skills of English learners

Please join us for this engaging one-day institute designed to increase understanding and provide practical resources regarding vocabulary instruction for educators working with English learners in their classrooms and schools. The institute will focus on techniques to foster the vocabulary acquisition needed to meet the Common Core State Standards and achieve at grade level standards.

The institute is designed for classroom teachers in elementary, middle and high schools (Grades K-12). Other educators (including ESL, reading and other school specialists who work with classroom teachers, and school administrators) will also find value in this professional development opportunity. Collaborative teaching teams are especially encouraged to attend.

The institute focuses on four key research-based components that comprise strategic vocabulary instruction for English learners:

  • Strategic instruction of high-utility vocabulary

  • A motivating learning environment that is rich in words

  • Promoting students' independent word-learning skills

  • Assessment techniques that inform strategic vocabulary instruction

Presenters describe how research-based techniques for vocabulary instruction can be incorporated into learning activities in ESL, reading and general education classes at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Presenters first demonstrate methods for identifying and teaching high frequency, high-utility academic vocabulary and then guide participants in developing classroom activities for introducing words with pictures and teaching words in the context of reading and literacy activities.

Participants will have the opportunity to construct activities aimed at reinforcing student vocabulary knowledge through engaging, multi-modal activities and assessment activities that can inform classroom vocabulary and literacy instruction.

$395/person. Send 2 people or more and pay $375 each.

Cost includes all training materials and breakfast and lunch.

Travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Register early, as space is limited.


Strategic Instruction of High Utility Vocabulary
Topics covered include

  • Strategically selecting vocabulary words to meet individual instructional needs and the Common Core State Standards
  • Applying differentiated methods of instruction to teach various kinds of words
  • Using methods of explicit vocabulary instruction, including contextual and analytic instruction
  • Identifying ways to reinforce word meanings through different modalities of language

A Motivating Learning Environment That is Rich in Words
Topics covered include

  • Promoting oral language development and incidental word learning through the four modalities of language
  • Fostering a motivating learning environment
  • Developing word awareness activities

Promoting Student’s Independent Word Learning Skills
Topics covered include

  • Activities to promote cognate awareness
  • Structural and contextual analysis activities
  • Activities to promote independent use of dictionaries

Utilizing Assessment to Inform Vocabulary Instruction
Topics covered include

  • Assessing different aspects of vocabulary knowledge
  • Using Formative assessment techniques to inform vocabulary instruction

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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 store@cal.org. 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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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 July Vocabulary Institute 2014

Hotel reservations must be made by June 26, 2014 for the December Institute in order to secure the discounted rate.

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.

View the CAL 2014 Institute calendar.