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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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English Language Learners


As the number of English language learners in the United States continues to grow, educators are seeking to develop research-based instructional strategies to serve these students. CAL’s projects focus on language and literacy acquisition in the elementary and secondary grades, particularly for learners for whom English is a second language. The projects and publications outlined within this section present research, program designs, and strategies for enhancing the language and literacy development of English language learners.


The Center for Applied Linguistics is involved in a variety of projects related to language and cultural education issues. Read more.

Publications and Resources

CAL has a variety of publications and resources related to instruction for English language learners in Grades preK–12. Learn 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.