Content Area Language and Literacy - CALL (6-12)

CALL institutes provide secondary educators with the tools and skills necessary to analyze the academic language demands of course-specific texts and materials. CALL supports teachers in designing effective instruction that meets those demands. 

Unique Program Features

The CALL program is unique in the way that:

  • It is based on a comprehensive framework for literacy that helps to demystify the particular components that are causing challenges for students.

  • It helps teachers access and respond to needs through differentiated instruction.

  • There is a focus on academic content-area text and scaffolded support to access the text. 

  • It contains teacher tools to support text analysis and lesson planning.

  • It provides models for explicit instruction in academic and comprehension strategies.

  • It includes strategies for differentiation across level of English Proficiency for English Learners.

  • It addresses multiple factors that influence student motivation and engagement.

  • There is a focus on sustained collaboration and implementation through a professional learning community model geared towards secondary teachers. 


The institute's objectives are as follows: 

  • Understand the importance of academic literacy in the 21st century

  • Become familiar with a comprehensive literacy framework for assessment and instruction to learn about the skills required for developing academic literacy

  • Understand the specific role language plays in making content-specific instructional materials accessible to students, particularly ELLs. 

  • Learn an approach for identifying both content and language objectives in daily instruction, applying the basic components of backwards design and text and task analysis. 

  • Learn to implement instructional strategies and routines to help make content-area text more accessible to all students and to increase students' use of academic language. 

  • Understand why students need explicit instruction in English syntax, grammar, and vocabulary to be able to participate in academic genres, both oral and written. 

  • Learn strategies and identify opportunities for providing EL students with academic English language instruction and practice.

  • Learn about a sustained model for teacher collaboration in the content area and grade level teams to support implementation of this professional development program.