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Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas

March 3, 2021 - March 20, 2022

Design practical, hands-on activities for English learners to be successful within rigorous content instruction while exploring the academic language and literacy practices of the 21st century classroom.

Academic language is so much more than vocabulary. Please join us for this engaging two-day institute designed to increase understanding and provide practical resources regarding the instruction of academic language and literacy.

The institute will focus on the language acquisition of English learners at three levels: discourse, sentence, and word or phrase level. The focus will be on bridging from students’ home language(s), dialects and more conversational language to the classroom or text language that allows them to meet content and language acquisition standards in the classroom.

Based on a 21st century approach to literacy, participants will explore the academic language and literacy practices –– such as listening for the speaker’s point of view or justifying the answer to a math problem –– that students need to be successful within rigorous content instruction. Educators will also learn how to scaffold participation in these discipline-specific practices, such as creating a model of the planetary system or contrasting two different cultural versions of a story.

After defining academic language and literacy, participants will learn more about each level of language and how each level is measured in English language proficiency assessments, such as the WIDA ACCESS test. Participants will analyze classroom videos and texts at each of the levels of language. Facilitators will also draw upon CAL’s federally funded research on vocabulary acquisition and demonstrate methods for identifying and teaching high frequency, high-utility academic vocabulary.

Throughout the two days, activities that teachers can implement in the classroom will be modeled. Strategies are applicable to bilingual learners as well as students at intermediate and advanced proficiencies in English, including long term English learners.

The institute is designed for classroom teachers working with language learners in grades PreK-12. ESL, reading and other school specialists who work with classroom teachers, school administrators, and other educators will also benefit from this valuable professional development opportunity.  Collaborative teaching teams are especially encouraged to attend.

Questions? Email CAL with any questions you may have about our offerings.

Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion which may be used for continuing education credit.

Please click here to register for this institute.


March 3, 2021
March 20, 2022
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