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CAL SIOP for Dual Language Programs: Developing Academic Language and Content in Two Languages

January 9 - January 18

January 9–11 and January 16–18, 2024 (six two-hour sessions)

Foundations of CAL SIOP for Dual Language Programs: Developing Academic Language and Content in Two Languages

Learn SIOP methods for meeting the three pillars of dual language education: bilingualism and biliteracy, high academic achievement, and sociocultural competence!


This 15-hour institute (12 hours synchronous and three hours on your own) is designed to help leaders, specialists, coaches, and teachers plan for and implement CAL SIOP methods that meet the needs of students learning in not one but two languages.

PreK-8 DL teachers and coaches will learn about and practice the eight components of the SIOP Model to effectively teach language and content while addressing the three pillars of DL programs: bilingualism and biliteracy, high academic achievement, and sociocultural competence. The institute will include various activities to make the online learning engaging, including chats, polls, and breakout-room games and discussions. The institute will encourage reflection needed for each teacher to adapt the CAL SIOP methods to their unique circumstances. No prior knowledge of the SIOP Model is required for participation.

The SIOP Model is a research-based lesson design and delivery system for teaching language and content. Originally designed as an observation protocol for measuring the quality of sheltered lessons for language learners, the SIOP Model evolved into a method for teachers to plan, teach, and assess meaningful lessons and reflect on their practice. Each component of the SIOP Model is supported by empirical studies (August & Shanahan, 2006; Christian et al., 2006,) and the model itself has a solid and growing research base (Canges et al., 2011; Fidelman et al., 2012; Friend, McCrary, Most, 2009; McIntyr et al., 2010; Song, 2016; Lindahl & Watkins, 2010). The CAL SIOP Model for Dual Language Programs has been enhanced for use in programs where English and a partner language are used to deliver content instruction.

Reflecting eight major components of sheltered instruction, the SIOP Model provides a framework for teachers to plan integrated language and content lessons (Short, 2013). Educators will collaboratively plan activities for dual language classrooms, including content, language, and cultural objectives, developing techniques for teaching metalinguistic-awareness strategies, and scaffolding for understanding and production.

Administrators, specialists, coaches, and teachers are encouraged to attend in district or school teams.

Virtual Institute Design

  • Virtual, synchronous sessions take place in six two-hour sessions over two weeks.
  • Institute includes a three-hour optional, on-your-own assignment.
  • You will have the opportunity to interact with educators from your own and other schools and districts.
  • You can apply what you learned to your instruction immediately.

Institute Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Define sheltered instruction in the context of dual language instruction.
  • Develop effective content, language, and cultural objectives.
  • Create activities for vocabulary development and background building.
  • Scaffold language for content learning and use L1 to scaffold to L2 content.
  • Devise ways to compare and contrast (bridge) languages.
  • Design interactive activities that promote the use of language models.
  • Distinguish between practice and application and apply to bilingual environments.
  • Describe the fundamentals of effective lesson delivery in dual language programs.
  • Design assessments for language learners and assess tasks from the perspective of students learning in two languages.

Schedule: January 9–11 and January 16–18, 2024

Tuesday, January 9:

12:00–2:00 p.m. PT

1:00–3:00 p.m. MT

2:00–4:00 p.m. CT

3:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Session I:

  • Overview of CAL SIOP for DL Model
  • Lesson Preparation



Wednesday, January 10:

12:00–2:00 p.m. PT

1:00–3:00 p.m. MT

2:00–4:00 p.m. CT

3:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Session II:

  • Lesson Preparation, cont’d
  • Building or Eliciting Background



Thursday, January 11:

12:00–2:00 p.m. PT

1:00–3:00 p.m. MT

2:00–4:00 p.m. CT

3:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Session III:

  • Vocabulary Development
  • Comprehensible Input



Tuesday, January 16:

12:00–2:00 p.m. PT

1:00–3:00 p.m. MT

2:00–4:00 p.m. CT

3:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Session IV:

  • Comprehensible Input, cont’d
  • Strategies



Wednesday, January 17:

12:00–2:00 p.m. PT

1:00–3:00 p.m. MT

2:00–4:00 p.m. CT

3:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Session V:

  • Interaction
  • Practice and Application
  • Lesson Delivery



Thursday, January 18:

12:00–2:00 p.m. PT

1:00–3:00 p.m. MT

2:00–4:00 p.m. CT

3:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Session VI:

  • Review and Assessment, cont’d
  • Resources for the 3rd Pillar: Sociocultural competence
  • Sharing Our Ideas for using CAL SIOP methods in our dual language instruction



Take advantage of the early bird pricing at $685 per person through December 19, 2023.

The price for an individual is $735 per person after December 19, 2023.

Send two people or more and pay $685 each.

Please register early, as there is limited space available.

Certificate of Completion

Participants who attend every session and complete the on-your-own assignment will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion for 15 hours. Participants who choose not to complete the self-paced assignment but attend all sessions will receive a certificate for 12 hours.



Please complete the online registration process to reserve your seat for this institute. Please be aware that your seat at the workshop will only be confirmed once payment is received. If you register 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 payment method (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 it 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 they do not plan to attend the session. Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund up to three (3) weeks before 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 before 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 paid in advance. In some instances, registrants may have the option to transfer their registration to another event. CAL is not responsible for transportation or hotel costs incurred by registrants.

Fair Use of Materials

Individuals who have completed CAL trainings and workshops have permission from CAL to use materials while 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, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.