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The Working Group on ELL Policy


The Working Group on ELL Policy, an independent group of ELL researchers, academics, and policy experts, address current policy issues affecting English language learners.

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Learn more about our professional development and technical assistance services.


English Language Learners

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, of the 281 million people aged 5 and over in the United States, 55.4 million people (20 percent of this population) speak a language other than English at home.

As the number of English language learners continues to grow, educators are seeking effective programs and instructional strategies to serve them.

CAL conducts projects and offers a variety of research-based resources related to the education of English language learners in a variety of settings:

  • Prekindergarten-Grade 12 programs

  • Universities and community colleges

  • Adult education programs

  • Workplace programs

To learn more about CAL’s resources for professionals working with English language learners, browse our subtopics within this section.


The Center for Applied Linguistics is involved in a variety of projects related to English language learners. Read more.


Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction, 2nd Edition
This new edition of CAL SIOP's professional development manual is designed to assist teacher educators, staff developers, and leaders at the school, district, and state levels as they prepare teachers of English language learners to use the Sheltered Instruction

Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model. Learn more.


What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?
A research-based curriculum to help teachers work more effectively with the English language learners in their classrooms. Learn more.


Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners
This professional development workbook and companion video provide knowledge-building, practical tools for educators working with English learners. Learn more.


Browse CAL's complete publications list for titles of interest to those teaching or working with English language learners.