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The WIDA Consortium and the Center for Applied Linguistics both provide a variety of resources designed to help educators work effectively with language learners at all levels. The following features selected resources developed by each organization with helpful links to relevant sections on the website of each organization. We invite you to browse the WIDA and CAL websites to learn more.


WIDA Featured Resources


The WIDA MODEL (Measure of Developing English Language) is a series of English language proficiency assessments for Kindergarten through Grade 12. MODEL can be used by educators as an identification/placement assessment for newly enrolled ELLs or as an interim progress monitoring assessment. Learn more about the WIDA Model.


CAN DO Descriptors

The WIDA Can Do Descriptors are commonly used by ESL teachers in coaching general education teachers about differentiated instruction for English language learners (ELLs). They can also be used to plan lessons or observe students' progress.

Learn more about the CAN DO Descriptors.

Browse the WIDA Website to learn more about the variety of resources available from WIDA.

CAL Featured Resources
The Center for Applied Linguistics provides a comprehensive range of research-based language and cultural education resources and testing tools. CAL's experienced staff of researchers and educators is committed to using the results of our research and projects to develop practical resources related to language learning, cultural orientation, linguistics, and more.


What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English coverWhat's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?
What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? provides teacher trainers with a curriculum to guide the professional development of classroom and ESL teachers who teach reading in classes where some or all of the students are English language learners.

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Implementing Educational Language Policy in Arizona coverImplementing Educational Language Policy in Arizona: Legal, Historical and Current Practices in SEI
In this volume, scholars and researchers present their latest findings and concerns regarding the impact of Arizona’s restrictive language policy on critical areas for English learners and diverse students, with an emphasis on how the policy influences teacher preparation and classroom practice.

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Browse CAL’s free online collection of digests including Assessment Literacy for Language Educators.

Browse the Resource section on the CAL website to learn more.