Principles to practice approach for ELL success
CAL uses these and other research-based materials as a foundation for professional development services that can be tailored to meet your needs. Click on each title to learn more or download a sample. These materials blend principles of second language acquisition with best practices and classroom strategies for teaching English language learners effectively.
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This widely used professional development resource provides teacher trainers with a curriculum to guide the professional development of K–8 mainstream, ESL, and reading teachers and to help these teachers work more effectively with the English language learners in their classrooms. This research-based curriculum incorporates key research findings from the National Literacy Panel. Chapter topics include the nature of reading, comprehension, vocabulary development, beginning reading, reading fluency, and content-area reading and study skills.
The Trainer’s Manual contains everything needed to conduct a workshop or series of workshops for teachers of English language learners in elementary and middle schools. The Study Guide contains activity materials and readings for participants’ use during the workshop and serves as a handy reference following the workshop. The DVD, Why Reading Is Hard, provides examples of what makes learning to read in English hard and leads viewers to examine the reading skills that they know and use automatically. It also presents samples of children reading aloud for viewers to critique and to suggest plans for subsequent instruction. The CD-ROM provides presentation materials in three convenient formats: PowerPoint, PDF, and transparency masters. The workshop format is flexible and may follow a number of different schedules, depending on school and district needs. The complete program provides 45 hours of in-class instruction and also suggests off-site assignments for each chapter.
This professional development resource package was created for use in CAL’s Hot Topics in ELL Education workshops and institutes and provides additional information, strategies, and activities on the important topic of oral language development for English learners. The professional development workbook and companion video can also be useful as a practical and knowledge building resource for educators, as it provides a rich collection of information and activities that can be useful for teachers, schools, districts, principals, and administrators seeking to learn more about these critical topics.
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This professional development program is founded on research-based principles that are connected to classroom strategies. This flexible approach to sheltering instruction is designed for mainstream educators in Grades K–6 but is also appropriate for ESL and bilingual teachers.
The complete program provides 45 hours of professional development (40 in-class hours and 5 hours of structured outside assignments), but it can easily be adapted to meet local needs and time frames. Chapter topics include reading, language acquisition, culture, writing, math, integrated language and content instruction, assessment, and family involvement.
This professional development program is founded on research-based principles that are connected to classroom strategies. This flexible approach to sheltering instruction is designed for content teachers in Grades 7–12, but it is also appropriate for ESL and bilingual teachers.
There are 60 hours of targeted training (54 in-class hours and 6 hours of structured outside assignments), but the program can be adapted to meet local needs or time frames. Chapter topics include academic competence, language learning in school, culture, literacy development and study skills, and assessment. The companion video demonstrates students and their teachers in a variety of learning situations.
This curriculum provides professional development materials designed to teach paraprofessionals how to collaborate with teachers to help English language learners succeed in school, meet high standards, and perform well on rigorous state assessments. The materials give paraprofessionals simple, flexible strategies to help their students acquire literacy skills and learn academic content. The manual includes a workshop agenda, presentation notes, and masters for overhead transparencies and handouts.
Other resources of interest
Parenting for Academic Success: A Curriculum for Families Learning English
This 12–unit curriculum designed for parents who speak a language other than English as a native language. Its goals are two–fold: to develop the English language skills of parents and to increase the ability of parents to support the language and literacy development of their children in kindergarten through grade three. Parents learn and practice new concepts in the classroom, then transfer their learning to their home with take–home activities that help their children prepare for and succeed in school. The curriculum focuses on three parenting skill areas:
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English Language Acquisition and Navajo Achievement in Magdalena, New Mexico: Promising Outcomes in Heritage Language Education
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