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.

This institute is based on a 21st century approach to literacy, which includes the incorporation of oral language skills, technology tools, and other modalities.

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. They 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. Participants will have the opportunity to design activities to bridge from students’ own literacy practices to classroom literacy tasks, including close reading and argumentation. Sample unit plans from social studies, English language arts, and science are used as examples of student tasks related to developing language and literacy in content instruction.

Throughout the two days, activities that teachers can implement in the classroom will be modeled. Strategies are applicable to newcomer students, students with limited or informal education, bilingual learners, as well as students at intermediate and advanced proficiencies in English.

The institute is designed primarily for content and ESL teachers or other school specialists who instruct in the middle grades and high school. Collaborative teaching teams and teacher leaders are especially encouraged to attend.

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


Topics will include:

Day 1

  • Analyzing the Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners
  • Identifying a variety of approaches to understanding academic literacy
  • Recognizing and explaining multimodal forms of literacy
  • Determining which forms of literacy are most prevalent in specific content areas
  • Applying understandings of academic literacy development to real student scenarios and how to bridge students’ home literacy practices with classroom work

Day 2

  • Identifying a variety of approaches to viewing and understanding academic language
  • Recognizing and explaining features of academic English in different content areas
  • Identifying academic practices promoted by college and career readiness standards that are interconnected with academic language, including argumentation and close reading of text
  • Connecting processes of academic language and literacy development in the content areas with best practices of instruction

Each attendee will receive the new professional development workbook and accompanying video plus two full unit plans.


  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 November 3, 2020: $735/person.

After November 3, 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 and airport options.

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 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 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 or call 202-362-0700, Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm Eastern Time.