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Promoting Spanish Language Development for Emergent Bilinguals
A Collaborative Symposium by the Center for Applied Linguistics and WIDA [En español]

Cómo fomentar el desarrollo del español en estudiantes bilingües emergentes
Un simposio colaborativo entre el
Centro de Lingüístíca Aplicada y WIDA

March 2-3, 2017

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8:30 am – 3:30 pm ET
Washington, DC

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.

Aprenda estrategias alineadas con los Estándares del Desarrollo del Lenguaje en Español de WIDA y con las técnicas de instrucción en español de CAL, que ayudarán a desarrollar las habilidades en español de sus estudiantes bilingües emergentes.

Please join the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and WIDA for this engaging and interactive two-day Symposium designed to promote Spanish language development in a variety of bilingual and dual language settings, including one-way and two-way 90-10 or 50-50 program models.

Presented by professional development experts from CAL and WIDA, the Symposium will focus on developing the social, academic, and cultural aspects of emergent bilingual student’s Spanish language skills, showcasing research-based practitioner strategies aligned to the WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards and the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education. See the right-hand sidebar to learn more about these resources.

Participants will analyze the phonological differences between beginning Spanish and English literacy to deepen their understanding of the need for authentic biliteracy instruction and the importance of specifically targeting metalinguistic connections between both languages. Culturally-relevant instructional strategies and practical classroom techniques are embedded throughout the symposium, which will be delivered entirely in Spanish.

This practitioner-oriented session is intended for K-8 educators who seek an introduction to instructing Spanish language and literacy within the WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards. Educators from a variety of K-8 educational settings, where Spanish is the medium of instruction as part of bilingual or dual language programming, are welcome. It is recommended that participants attend the symposium in teams.

Participants must be proficient in Spanish and have a working knowledge of English to fully participate in all aspects of the Symposium.

Early bird registration by January 20, 2017: $850/person.
After January 20, 2017: $900/person. Send 2 people or more and pay $870 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.

The following provides an overview of the topics covered each day. Practical classroom-based instructional strategies are embedded throughout the presentation, which will be delivered entirely in Spanish.

Day One

Establishing the foundation for authentic and culturally-relevant Spanish instruction

Estableciendo la base para instrucción auténtica y culturalment relevante en español

  • Participant introductions, backgrounds, and instructional models
  • Review of Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education
  • Language in academic contexts
  • Language in socio-cultural contexts
  • Examining similarities and differences between beginning literacy components in Spanish and English
  • Action and lesson planning

Day Two

Merging the WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards and Authentic Spanish Instruction

La fusión de los Estánderes del Desarollo del Lenguaje de WIDA y Instrucción Auténtica en Español

  • Rationale and philosophy behind SLD Standards
  • Using key performance definitions to create language targets and objectives
  • Differentiation and the Can-Do Descriptors
  • Culturally-responsive pedagogy
  • Action and lesson planning

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Daily Training Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast and conversation
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Morning training session
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch and networking
1:00 – 3:30 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.

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 José L. Medina, EdD, Professional Development Specialist.

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Promoting Spanish Language Development
March 2–3, 2017

Venue and Hotel Information

Visit our website for directions to CAL and to view a list of local hotels.

Resource Corner


The WIDA Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards outline the progression of Spanish language development in any PreKindergarten through grade 12 classroom where Spanish is the language for content instruction. Within the SLD framework, the term emergent bilinguals is used to refer to students who are on a pathway towards bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism. Learn more.

The Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education was developed as a tool to help dual language programs with planning and ongoing implementation. Grounded in evidence from research and best practices, the guiding principles address program issues in seven strands and are based on the Framework of Best Practices for New Mexico Dual Language Programs developed by Dual Language Education of New Mexico and were adapted by a national panel of dual language experts and reviewers. Learn more.