CLD: Planning Instruction to Promote Disciplinary Language Development


Planning Instruction to Promote Disciplinary Language Development focuses on how to plan instruction to provide culturally and linguistically diverse students access to rigorous academic content teaching and learning, as well as prioritize learners’ development of discipline-specific language functions and features. Participants will consider the role of language in disciplinary instruction and design instruction to foster disciplinary language development.


  • Define and describe academic language;
  • Synthesize the complexities of language within and across academic disciplines;
  • Analyze instructional units to recognize disciplinary language functions and features;
  • Draft learning objectives that specifically target students’ language development; and
  • Differentiate instruction to support the unique needs of individual CLD students.


Additional information


One Year Unlimited Access


Administrators, Educational Specialists, Guidance Counselors, Instructional Coaches, K-12 Educators, Paraprofessionals


Amy Heineke

Continuing Education Credits

Act 48 (Pennsylvania), CTLE (New York)


4 hours