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 synchronous and asynchronous institute provides effective methodologies for teaching academic language and literacy in Spanish to students in K-8 in a wide variety of programs where Spanish is the language of instruction. Classroom practices are framed by an understanding of Spanish linguistic features. 

Virtual Institute Design

The institute 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 literacy instruction and network with other Spanish language educators from schools in the U.S.; and

2) Self-paced sessions in which participants watch relevant educational videos, work on assignments,  and apply what they learn to their 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 presentation, which will be delivered entirely in Spanish. 

Introducción a la conciencia metalingüística

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?

Cómo desarrollar conciencia de las similitudes y las diferencias entre el español y el inglés

Developing Awareness of Similarities and Differences between Spanish and English

  • Fostering the development of academic language
  • Building metalinguistic awareness to promote cross-linguistic transfer
  • Examining similarities and differences between the languages related to:
    • Phonology and orthography (sound-letter correspondences)
    • Morphology (word formation)
    • Semantics (with a focus on cognates and false cognates)
    • Syntax (sentence structure)
    • Pragmatics (language use)

La evaluación del lenguaje oral y escrito en español

Assessing oral and written language skills in Spanish

  • Assessment practices for language learners
  • Assessing oral language
  • Assessing side by side writing 


July 19-23, 2021 (all times Eastern)

Monday, July 19: 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 20: 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 21: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Webinar III: Developing Awareness of Similarities and Differences between Spanish and English – Part II
Thursday, July 22 (on own) 3-hour self-paced project
Friday, July 23:  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Webinar IV: Assessing Practices and Showcase of Lessons


Early bird registration by June 20, 2021: $575/person.

After June 20, 2020: $650/person.

Send 2 people or more and pay $575 each.


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.