Content area language and literacy for academic success in middle and high school

About CALL

Content Area Language and Literacy (CALL) is a multi-day program that equips middle and high school classroom teachers with the skills needed to help their students build strong content knowledge.

The CALL approach to lesson design and delivery offers an in-depth understanding of the relationship between language arts standards and subject-area content. Grounded in current research, CALL teaches best practices in discipline-specific content and reading instruction. It provides teachers with routines that help students master course content. Teachers are guided through a systematic approach to text and task analysis that can be applied to any content area. The CALL multi-day program is taught by secondary classroom teachers who have demonstrated success in their content and have been trained in the CALL approach to literacy.

Content Area Language & Literacy (CALL) handbook cover

What you will learn

  • Best practices in backward lesson design.
  • Instructional routines for teaching content, including the language demands of content that is specific to a discipline (Math, Science, History/Social Studies, etc.)
  • Comprehension monitoring strategies to implement with challenging subject-matter content.
  • Specialized strategies to support your work with students from low-income families and English Language learners.

Program highlights

  • Instruction from current classroom teachers who are past participants of the CALL program.
  • Opportunities to role-play instructional routines.
  • On-site classroom coaching to support integration of routines.
  • Personalized assistance for reading specialists and educational support teams.

Is CALL for me?

The CALL program can help any teacher deepen their skills in content area instruction. CALL is particularly beneficial for middle and high schools who are working to:

  • Accelerate student reading achievement in all subject matter content
  • Augment their Title I plan
  • Support English language learners
  • Onboard teachers new to teaching in grades 6-12

Bring CALL to your school

CRLP will partner with your school or district to offer the CALL program on site at a mutually agreed upon date and time. If you are interested in bringing CALL to your school or district, or have additional questions, contact us to start a conversation.