THE COGNITIVE ACADEMIC LANGUAGE LEARNING APPROACH (CALLA)
The Cognitive Academic
Learning Approach (CALLA) is an instructional model for second and
foreign language learners based on cognitive theory and research. CALLA
integrates instruction in priority topics from the content curriculum,
development of the language skills needed for learning in school, and
explicit instruction in using learning strategies for academic tasks.
The goals of CALLA are for
to learn essential academic content and language and to become
independent and self-regulated learners through their increasing
command over a variety of strategies for learning in school.
CALLA can be used in
bilingual, foreign language, and general education classrooms.
principal objectives are to assist students in:
Valuing their own prior knowledge and cultural
experiences, and relating this knowledge to academic learning in a new
language and culture
Learning the content knowledge and the language skills
that are most important for their future academic success;
Developing language awareness and critical literacy
Selecting and using appropriate learning strategies and
study skills that will develop academic knowledge and processes
Developing abilities to work successfully with others
in a social context
Learning through hands-on, inquiry-based, and
cooperative learning tasks
Increasing motivation for academic learning and
confidence in their ability to be successful in school
Evaluating their own learning and planning how to
become more effective and independent learners.
CALLA was developed by Anna Uhl Chamot and J.
Michael O'Malley, and is being implemented in approximately 30 school
districts in the United States as well as in several other countries.