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

Design | Curriculum | Schedule | Cost | Certificate

This 15-hour virtual institute provides an understanding of the similarities and differences between Spanish and English and provides activities for raising metalinguistic awareness.

Emergent bilingual students use all their cognitive and linguistic resources to enhance language acquisition and learn content. Teachers can show students how the two languages of their program are the same and different thereby facilitating bi-directional transfer that can improve literacy development. This session will provide research on the value of providing this kind of instruction and describe the language systems for comparison: the phonological, orthographic, semantic, syntactic and pragmatic (and the subsystem of morphology).

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

Virtual Institute Design

The institute, presented in English with Spanish language examples, will provide both synchronous and asynchronous online learning and take place over five consecutive days. It will include:

1) Webinar meetings with CAL facilitators to discuss best practices in Spanish language and biliteracy instruction and network with other educators from around the U.S.

2) Self-paced sessions in which participants view relevant video, work on assignments, and apply what they learn to their own lesson plans.

Curriculum Overview 

The following provides an overview of the topics covered over the five days. Practical classroom-based instructional strategies are embedded throughout the training.

The Context for Metalinguistic-Awareness Raising

  • What does research say about effective biliteracy instruction?
  • What is metalinguistic awareness, and why is it important?
  • What are fundamentals about language transfer?

Developing Awareness of Similarities and Differences between Spanish and English

  • Building metalinguistic awareness to promote cross-linguistic transfer
  • Examining similarities and differences between the languages related to:
    • Phonology and orthography (sound-letter correspondences)
    • Lexicon (meaning)
    • Morphology (word formation)
    • Syntax (sentence structure)
    • Pragmatics (language use)
    • Discourse (oral and written)

Assessment Practices

  • Contrastive Rhetoric
  • Assessing side by side writing
  • Assessment practices for language learners


July 26-30, 2021

Monday, July 26: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Webinar I: The Context for Spanish Language and Literacy Instruction (with an additional 1-hour self-paced assignment in preparation for Webinar II)
Tuesday, July 27: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Webinar II: Developing Awareness of Similarities and Differences between Spanish and English – Part I (with an additional 1-hour self-paced assignment in preparation for Webinar III)
Wednesday, July 28: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Webinar III: Developing Awareness of Similarities and Differences between Spanish and English – Part II
Thursday, July 29 (on own) 3-hour self-paced project
Friday, July 30 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Webinar IV: Assessment and Showcase of Lessons


Early bird pricing prior to June 29, 2021: $575. per person

Individual price after June 29, 2021: $650. per person.

Send 2 people or more and pay $575. each.

Register early, as space is limited.


This Institute will be held online using a combination of interactive online meetings and self-paced assignments. 

Certificate of Completion

Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion for 15 hours which may be used for continuing education credit depending on the requirements of your state or district.

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

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.

COVID-19 Contingencies Language for Additional to Professional Development (PD) Contracts
CAL’s travel policy states that there will no business travel through December 31, 2020. This policy will be reviewed for the 2021 calendar year with a decision by October 1, 2020. In the event of school closures, travel restrictions and/or a high incidence of COVID-19, the district/school will make every attempt to reschedule the equivalent hours of hours of PD in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online sessions on dates/times that are mutually agreeable. CAL attests that the PD content will be the equivalent to the face-to-face sessions and also align to best practices for virtual instruction.
In the event that the PD cannot be rescheduled to a virtual delivery model, CAL’s cancellation policy applies.

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.