English Learners

Twenty percent of the U.S. population speak a language other than English at home. As the number of English learners continues to grow, educators are seeking effective programs and instructional strategies to serve them.

Currently we conduct projects ranging from curriculum design for English language learners, to professional development for instructors. CAL offers a variety of research-based resources related to the education of English language learners in Prekindergarten-Grade 12 programs; adult education programs; bilingual or dual language education programs, universities and community colleges; and business and workplace programs.

Resources, News, and Events

Consumer Protection Websites – Free Online Resources
Consumer Protection Websites – Free Online Resources

CAL worked with the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission to provide support for the English language consumer protection website and a parallel Spanish language site:  www.consumer.gov / www.consumidor.gov Browse ... Read more

Dual Language Education: Answers to Questions From the Field
Dual Language Education: Answers to Questions From the Field

Dual language education refers to programs that provide grade-level content and literacy instruction to all students through two languages—English and a partner language. In one-way dual language programs, the partner ... Read more

Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education – Third Edition
Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education – Third Edition

Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education has been used for over a decade by dual language programs and educators across the United States as an effective tool for planning, self-reflection, and continual improvement.

Implementing the Common Core for English Learners
Implementing the Common Core for English Learners

The recent initiatives to promote college and career readiness through the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have left K–12 educators with many questions. As educators have examined the standards more ... Read more

Profiles of Dual Language Education in the 21st Century
Profiles of Dual Language Education in the 21st Century

Editors: M. Beatriz Arias and Molly Fee

Published by Multilingual Matters

Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas
Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas

Published by Center for Applied Linguistics

Learning the SIOP Model
Learning the SIOP Model

Jennifer Himmel and Julie Mazrum

Published by Center for Applied Linguistics

Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners
Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners

Linda New Levine, Betty Ansin Smallwood, and Erin Flynn Haynes

Published by Center for Applied Linguistics

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

Linda New Levine, Betty Ansin Smallwood, and Erin Flynn Haynes

Published by Center for Applied Linguistics

SIOP in Action: Instructional Videos Featuring Complete SIOP Lessons at Three Grade Levels
SIOP in Action: Instructional Videos Featuring Complete SIOP Lessons at Three Grade Levels

SIOP in Action Video: Sarah C. K. Moore, Julie Mazrum, and Jennifer Himmel (Producers)

SIOP in Action Guide: Jennifer Himmel (Compiler)

Published by Center for Applied Linguistics

CAL Authors Research on Less Commonly Taught Languages & Needs for K-12 Instructors
Leading Dual Language Programs for Student Success
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Related Projects

Career Pathways for Heritage Language Learners: Developing Vision & Building Capacity
Career Pathways for Heritage Language Learners: Developing Vision & Building Capacity

Funder: Over the next few years, STARTALK, a federal critical-need language learning initiative, is piloting an expansion of its traditional summer-only instructional model to a program that focuses on year-round outreach, with ... Read more

Center for the Success of English Learners (CSEL)
Center for the Success of English Learners (CSEL)

Funder: The Transdisciplinary Approaches to Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for English Learners (a.k.a. The Center for the Success of English Learners, CSEL) will undertake a focused program of research aimed at identifying and ... Read more

Bienvenidos Project
Bienvenidos Project

Funder: National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) Network
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) Network

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE)
Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE)

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, via subcontract from the University of Houston

Education Connections
Education Connections

Funder: U.S. Department of Education and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS)
English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS)

Funder: U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, National Security Education Program

Features of Dual Language Immersion in High Achieving Programs
Features of Dual Language Immersion in High Achieving Programs

Funder: International Research & Studies, U.S. Department of Education

Federal Trade Commission Accessible Language Projects
Federal Trade Commission Accessible Language Projects

Funder: Federal Trade Commission – Division of Consumer & Business Education

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Services

CAL specializes in developing effective solutions for educators and practitioners working with language learners at all levels of instruction (preK–12, higher education, and adult education). Drawing on years of experience as teachers, researchers, coaches, and curriculum developers, CAL staff provide the tools, training, and resources educators need to help students of all ages succeed. Learn more.

CAL Institutes: Professional Development Opportunities

CAL is continuing to expand its successful series of professional development institutes focusing on key issues for educators. CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools and help teachers develop classroom activities that target the academic language demands of college and career readiness standards, including the Common Core State Standards. We also offer Training of Trainer sessions to refine facilitator and coaching techniques for district and school instructional leaders.

  • Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas
  • English Learners and Effective Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Strategies
  • Foundations of Dual Language Instruction
  • Foundations of Effective Classroom Assessments: Principles and Practice
  • Leading Dual Language Programs for Student Success: A CAL Leadership Institute
  • Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies
  • Promoting Cultural Proficiency to Boost Outcomes for All Students
  • Research-based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners
  • SIOP Training of Trainers: Foundations or Advanced Strategies
  • Spanish Literacy Institute: Fostering Spanish Language and Literacy in the Content Areas
  • Teaching Reading to Students Learning English: Training of Trainers or Direct Strategies 

View the complete calendar and learn more about CAL Institutes.

CAL Institutes can also be offered on-site at your location. Email the CAL Solutions Team to learn more.

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