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June 27 – 29, 2012

9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET
Savoy Suites Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Please join us for this engaging three-day institute designed to increase understanding and provide practical resources about important topics for educators working with English language learners in their classrooms and schools.

The institute focuses on three key topics from CALís new Hot Topics in ELL Education professional development series:

  • Hot Topic #1: Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners
  • Hot Topic #2: Academic Language in the Content Areas
  • Hot Topic #3: Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language Learners

The institute focuses on one topic each day and is designed for classroom teachers in elementary and middle schools (Grades K-8). It is also appropriate for ESL and bilingual teachers. Collaborative teaching teams are especially encouraged to attend. Other educators (including ESL and other school specialists and district and state administrators) will also find value in this professional development opportunity.

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Hot Topics in ELL Education Ė CAL Summer Institute
June 27-29, 2012

The institute focuses on one topic each day

Day One
Listening and Speaking
Day Two
Academic Language
Day Three
Math and Science Skills

Hot Topic: Day One

Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development

Topics covered include

  • Classroom conditions for oral language development
  • English language proficiency levels, with teacher and student behaviors
  • Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (speaking and listening)
  • Listening comprehension activities
  • Strategies for promoting oral language development
  • Teacher scaffolding for students’ oral language output
  • Story books, songs, chants, and jokes
  • Academic vocabulary learning
  • Cooperative learning structures

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Hot Topic: Day Two

Academic Language in the Content Areas

Topics covered include

  • Academic literacy
  • Three tiers of vocabulary and technical vocabulary terms
  • Academic language structures
  • Comparison of key grammatical features between English and languages commonly spoken by ELLs
  • Common Core State Standards: Conventions of Standard English
  • Common grammatical errors
  • What’s easy and hard for ELLs in the content areas
  • Cummin's Quadrants
  • Higher order thinking skills
  • Teach the Text Backwards
  • Text to Graphics and Back Again

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Hot Topic: Day Three

Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language Learners

Topics covered include

  • Polysemous words
  • The language of math and science (vocabulary and grammar)
  • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Making math comprehensible
  • Strategies for solving math word problems using higher order thinking
  • Making science comprehensible
  • Vocabulary in science: cognates
  • Key strategies for science instruction
  • Making math and science interactive
  • Using higher order thinking in math and science
  • The scientific method applied
  • Co-teaching model

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Each attendee will receive the new professional development workbook for each of the Hot Topic in ELL Education themes.

$935/person. Send 2 people or more and pay $895 each.
Cost includes all training materials and breakfast and lunch each day.
Register early, as space is limited.

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. Register early, as space is limited.


Cancellation Policy
Refunds will be provided for all cancellations received in writing three weeks prior to the course start date. After that date, registered individuals can choose to receive the three Hot Topics in ELL Education workbooks by mail or transfer their registration to another individual.

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 Betty Ansin Smallwood, Director of CAL Solutions, PreK–12 ELL Education.

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Hot Topics Summer Institute
June 27, 28, and 29

Book Your Hotel Room

All Institutes will be held at the Savoy Suites Hotel, Washington, DC.

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 202-337-9700.

Hotel Link June, 2012

Hotel reservations must be made by May 26, 2012 for the June Hot Topics Institute.

The hotel has a 24-hour prior-to-day-of-arrival cancellation policy.

Mention that you are coming to CAL's Hot Topics in ELL Education Institute.

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