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

Direct Strategies Institute

July 22–24, 2014
Registration Closed

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

Learn how to provide effective reading instruction to ELLs in grades K-8.

Please join us at an upcoming three-day Direct Strategies Institute using CAL's widely-used What's Different? professional development program. The training will provide participants with an understanding of the methodology and strategies for teaching English language learners (ELLs) how to read. This research-based curriculum incorporates key findings from the National Literacy Panel (2006) and will consider the implications of common standards on teaching reading to English learners and reading across the content areas.

The three-day What's Different? Direct Strategies Institute is designed for elementary and middle school classroom, ESL, and reading teachers as well as school administrators who want to ensure reading progress on the part of English learners. CAL encourages teams of ESL, reading, and classroom teachers to attend.


$995/person. Send 2 people or more and pay $965 each.
Cost includes all training materials and breakfast and lunch each day.

Travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Register early, as space is limited.

What you will receive:

  • The What's Different? Study Guide

  • An understanding of the similarities and differences between teaching reading to English learners and teaching reading to native English speakers.

  • Effective practical strategies for teaching reading to English learners in the areas of oral language development, vocabulary development, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and comprehension strategies.

  • Implications of common standards on reading instructions for English learners.

  • Step-by-step guidance on how to use and adapt effective reading strategies for English learners in your classroom.

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 yet have a purchase order, complete steps 1-4 to tentatively reserve your seat, and fax a signed copy of the purchase order to 888-700-3629 as soon as possible.

Graduate Credit Option

*Enrollees in the Direct Strategies Institutes will have the option to receive two graduate credits from Projects in Education/Howard University in Washington, D.C. for their participation in the institute. Obtaining graduate credit will necessitate the completion of a manageable, post-institute assignment.  The graduate credit will be available for an additional fee of $495.00.  Individuals wishing to obtain the credit must register for this option on-site during the institute. Payment will subsequently be made online to the CAL Store. If you have questions about receiving graduate credit, please contact Annie Duguay.

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 DS 2014

Hotel reservations must be made by June 30, 2014 for the August DS 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.

View the CAL 2014 Institute calendar.


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