Learn research-based strategies to provide effective academic literacy instruction in Spanish in developmental and transitional bilingual, dual language and immersion education programs.

Aprenda estrategias efectivas basadas en investigaciones científicas para la enseñanza de la lectoescritura académica en programas de español bilingües (de desarrollo y transición), duales y de inmersión.

Provides effective methodologies for teaching academic language and literacy in Spanish to students in a wide variety of programs where Spanish is the language of instruction. Classroom practices are framed by an understanding of Spanish language arts standards and linguistic features. En español.

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


The following provides an overview of the topics covered each day. Practical classroom-based instructional strategies are embedded throughout the presentation, which will be delivered entirely in Spanish.

Day One

The Context for Spanish Language and Literacy Instruction
Introducción a la enseñanza de la lectoescritura en español

  • Participant introductions, backgrounds, and instructional models
  • Demographic information about Spanish learners and their diverse educational settings
  • Current trends in the research on Spanish literacy instruction in the U.S. educational context
  • Principles of effective instruction for language learners
  • Teaching Spanish Language Arts with today’s standards

Developing Awareness of Similarities and Differences between Spanish and English
Cómo desarrollar conciencia de las similitudes y las diferencias entre el inglés y el español

  • Fostering the development of academic language
  • Building metalinguistic awareness to promote 
    cross-linguistic transfer
  • Examining similarities and differences between the languages as it relates to:
    • Phonology (sound-letter correspondences)
    • Morphology (word formation)
    • Lexicon (cognates and false cognates)

Day Two

Developing Awareness of Similarities and Differences Between Spanish and English
Cómo desarrollar conciencia de las similitudes y las diferencias entre el inglés y el español

  • Examining similarities and differences between the languages as it relates to:
    • Grammar (sentence structure)
    • Pragmatics (language use beyond the sentence level)

Developing Literacy in Spanish
Desarrollo de la lectoescritura en español

  • Applying the principles of effective instruction for language learners to develop vocabulary, language structures, and reading comprehension skills in Spanish
  • Developing and assessing oral language skills in academic Spanish
  • Developing and assessing writing skills in academic Spanish
  • Promoting Spanish language and literacy development in the content areas


  8:30 am –   9:00 am Breakfast and conversation
  9:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning training session
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch and networking
12:45 pm –   3:30 pm Afternoon training session (including mid-afternoon dessert break)


Early bird registration by June 15, 2020: $735/person.
After June 15, 2020: $865/person.
Send 2 people or more and pay $735 each.

Cost includes all training materials and breakfast and lunch each day.


This Institute will be held at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Visit our website for directions to CAL and to view a list of local hotels.

Please note that all travel arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the participant. See our policies below for more information. 

Certificate of Completion

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


To reserve your seat for this institute, please complete the online registration process. Please be aware that your seat at the workshop will only be confirmed once payment is received. If you are registering multiple participants, please have the name, title, school, and email addresses available before you begin the registration process. We encourage you to register as soon as possible as many workshops fill up quickly.

Before beginning the registration process, please determine your preferred method of payment (credit card, check, or purchase order). When paying by credit card using the online registration system, your seat will be immediately confirmed and you will receive a confirmation email upon successful completion of the transaction. CAL accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA. For registrations to be paid by purchase order or check, please note that your seat will be tentatively reserved until payment is received. Once the payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email. There will be a fee of $15.00 for each check returned as uncollectible. Purchase orders should be uploaded directly to the registration system or emailed to payables@cal.org. For payment by check, or to pay for purchase orders, please make the check payable to the Center for Applied Linguistics and mail to: Accounts Receivable, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Cancellation Policy
Registrants: We encourage participants to let CAL know as soon as possible if you do not plan to attend the session. Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund up to three (3) weeks prior to the institute start date by sending an email to solutions@cal.org. After that date, no refunds will be available. However, registrants may choose to receive the institute materials by mail, postpone their attendance to a future CAL Institute, or transfer the registration to another individual up to three (3) days prior to the course start date. Contact us to discuss your options.
CAL: CAL reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or for reasons beyond our control. If we exercise this right, we will refund any registration fees which you have paid in advance. In some instances, registrants may have the option to transfer their registration to the another event. CAL is not responsible for transportation and/or hotel costs incurred by registrant.

Fair Use of Materials
Individuals who have completed CAL trainings and workshops have permission from CAL to use materials in the course of providing professional development to educators in their school or school districts. These materials cannot be used to deliver fee-based services. Email CAL if you have questions about the use of CAL materials.

If you have questions, please contact us via email at solutions@cal.org or call 202-362-0700, Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm Eastern Time.