CALLA (Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach)
CLD students must become proficient in academic language in order to be successful in the classroom. This does not mean they must learn English prior to attending content-based classes. Instead, instructional methods which deliver both content and language simultaneously best meet the needs of these students.
a descendant of "Language Across the Curriculum"
uses themed units and "whole language"
keeps students engaged through authentic, hands-on activities
language is learned in the context of the academic content
Based on the communicative approach which states that learning language comes from being required to communicate real meaning.
focuses on the academic, social, and emotional needs of second language learners by leveling the playing field to provide equitable content delivery
adds higher-order thinking to the communicative approach
explicitly teaches higher-order thinking skills in the context of the content rather than as a separate subject that focuses too much on drills and worksheets
students are mentally active
teaches strategies for students to use later
students become self-monitors and are in charge of their own learning
select a theme
set content and language objections
set the environment
build background knowledge
integrate collaborative learning
Practice and Application
Review and Assessment