PreK-12 EL Education

In order to address the unique needs of English learners, educators are seeking effective programs and 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. For decades, the Center for Applied Linguistics has been conducting research and developing effective resources for educators working with English language learners.

Many instructional approaches are based on the belief that access to academic content by English  learners can be enhanced by integrating language and content instruction. CAL works to promote students’ acquisition of content knowledge and language and literacy skills by helping teachers develop instructional practices that facilitate learning for English learners.

Sheltered instruction is one effective approach to teaching grade-level content. Teachers adjust their instructional practices and adapt academic content materials to the students’ levels of English proficiency. Sheltered instruction techniques are woven into many of CAL’s professional development services and materials and are a cornerstone of our work with the SIOP Model. 

Resources, News, and Events

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

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
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Related Projects

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

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

Great Lakes Comprehensive Center
Great Lakes Comprehensive Center

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

Los Angeles Unified School District English Learner Master Plan 2018
Los Angeles Unified School District English Learner Master Plan 2018

Funder: Los Angeles Unified School District

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Services

Improving Educational Outcomes for ELs

CAL specializes in developing effective solutions to the challenges faced by educators working with language learners in PreK-12 education. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff use research-based, effective practices to improve educational outcomes for ELs, drawing on years of experience in the classroom to personalize services for you. Learn more.

CAL Institutes: Professional Development Opportunities in Washington, DC Metro Area

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.

  • 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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