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Fall 2018
ACTFL Edition

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  • Eleventh International Conference on Language Teacher EducationCall for Papers Deadline: January 18, 2019
  • 2019 CARLA Summer Institute ProgramRegistration Opens January 7, 2019

CARLA Program Updates

  • CARLA PresentationsFree Videos Online

CARLA Resources

  • Immersion Research-to-Action BriefFree Download

CARLA @ Conferences

  • ACTFL Convention 2018
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Call for Papers Now Open!

Society, Identity, and Transformation in Language Teacher Education: Eleventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education

LTE conference participants

May 30–June 1, 2019
The Graduate Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

Call for Papers Deadline: January 18, 2019

Invited Speakers

  • Cori Crane, Duke University
  • Richard Donato, University of Pittsburgh
  • Maggie Kubanyiova, University of Leeds
  • Suhanthie Motha, University of Washington

The Eleventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education welcomes proposals for papers and symposia on all aspects of the education and professional development of language teachers. Papers and symposia may report on empirical research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or practices in language teacher education.

The mission of this unique biennial conference is to address the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in all the national and international contexts in which this takes place, including: English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) instruction; foreign/world language teaching; bilingual education; immersion education; indigenous and minority language education; heritage language education; and the teaching of less commonly taught languages. The conference thus aims to bring together a range of teacher educators to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and to initiate and sustain meaningful professional dialogue across languages, levels, and settings.

The conference will focus on the following four broad themes:

  • The Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education
  • Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language Teacher Education
  • Collaborations in Language Teacher Education
  • Practices of Language Teacher Education

See detailed information about the conference themes at:

Types of Sessions

Symposia (2 hours): A symposium provides an opportunity for a group of individuals (maximum six) to propose a specific issue or topic in the field of language teacher education and examine it from a variety of perspectives. Total presentation time is limited to one hour to ensure that at least half of the session engages presenters and the audience in extended dialogue.

Papers (25 minutes): A paper involves a 25-minute presentation on a topic related to one of the four themes (up to three presenters per paper). Papers will be grouped thematically when possible. Grouped paper presentation sessions will include three papers followed by 30 minutes of questions and discussion after all of the papers have been presented.

All proposals must address an audience of language teacher educators and fit within one of the four conference themes.

More Information

This conference is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota in partnership with the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators, the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy at the University of Arizona, and the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research at Georgia State University, and with financial support from many units at the University of Minnesota (College of Education and Human Development; College of Liberal Arts Language Center; Graduate School; Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch; Department of French and Italian; and the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance).

Summer Institute participants at lunch

Registration Opens January 7, 2019

2019 CARLA Summer Institute Program for Language Teachers

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota provides high-quality professional development for language teachers through an annual program of intensive summer institutes. Launched in 1996, this internationally known program reflects CARLA's commitment to link research and theory with practical applications for the classroom. Each institute is highly interactive and includes discussion, hands-on activities, and networking.

CARLA summer institute participants—more than 6,000 to date—have come from all over the world. They have included foreign/world language, ESL/EFL, and immersion teachers at all levels of instruction, as well as program administrators, curriculum specialists, and language teacher educators.

Join us for the 24th annual CARLA summer institute program!

Character Literacy Acquisition in Mandarin Immersion Classrooms:
Lessons from More- and Less-Proficient Readers—
June 17–21, 2019
Presenters: Tara Fortune and Zhongkui Ju
Based on research with Mandarin immersion students, participants will work collaboratively to identify instructional practices designed to strengthen the requisite character literacy sub-skills and move learners towards more fluent character processing and text comprehension.
Learn more:

Transitioning to Teaching Languages Online—online course
June 20–July 10, 2019
Presenters: Claudine Bouchaud, Marlene Johnshoy, and Frances Matos
This intensive three-week online course provides language teachers with the experience of being an online learner while exploring the basics of creating a successful online language class.
Learn more:

Using the Web for Communicative Language Learningonline course
June 27–July 31, 2019
Presenters: Marlene Johnshoy and Lauren Rosen
In this five-week online course, participants will discover ways to use online tools to promote student language comprehension and production by motivating their participation and collaboration in the target language.
Learn more:

Language and Culture in Sync:
Teaching Linguistic Politeness and Intercultural Awareness—
online course
July 15–August 2, 2019
Presenter: Noriko Ishihara
This three-week online course will provide teachers with practical insights on enhancing student learning of linguistic politeness and boosting students' awareness of intercultural differences.
Learn more:

Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom
July 15–19, 2019
Presenter: Donna Clementi
After an overview of assessment fundamentals, foreign/world language teachers will learn how to create a standards-based performance assessment unit for their teaching context using the principles of Backward Design.
Learn more:

Creativity in the Language Classroom:
Fostering Student Learning Through Creative Language Experiences

July 15–19, 2019
Presenters: Anne Cummings Hlas and Amy Young
This fun institute is designed for second language teachers who want to promote creativity in their classroom while simultaneously improving learners' target language proficiency.
Learn more:

Exploring Learner Language: Puzzles and Tools in the Classroom
July 15–19, 2019
Presenters: LeeAnne Godfrey and Elaine Tarone
The focus of this institute is on the growth and development of the language learners produce, and how that growth may be enhanced by creating engaging, puzzle-solving activities to use in the classroom.
Learn more:

Using Technology in Second Language Teaching—online option
July 22–26, 2019
Presenters: Adolfo Carrillo Cabello, Marlene Johnshoy, and Dan Soneson
Participants will learn how to use technology to facilitate student use of the target language and get hands-on practice in using computers to promote students' interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills.
Learn more:

Exploring Project-Based Language Learning—NEW
July 22–26, 2019

Presenter: Stephen Tschudi
Participants will learn how to use established principles and standards for high-quality project-based learning to create their own compelling and contextualized language learning project.
Learn more:

Using Authentic Materials to Develop Foreign Language Literacies
July 22–26, 2019

Presenter: Kate Paesani

Participants in this institute will learn how develop students' foreign language literacies through engagement with authentic written, audio, audiovisual, visual, and digital materials.
Learn more:

Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom

July 29–August 2, 2019

Presenters: Martha Bigelow and Kaishan Kong
After gaining a deeper understanding of how language-culture-identity informs their teaching, participants will learn how to integrate culture and language learning in their classrooms.
Learn more:

Teaching World Languages and Cultures in Elementary Settings—NEW
July 29–August 2, 2019
Presenters: Blanca Caldas and Christian Belden
In this institute, participants will gain proficiency-based lesson design and assessment skills necessary to teach world languages and cultures at the elementary level.
Learn more:

Teaching Heritage Languages and Learners
July 29–August 2, 2019
Presenters: Jenna Cushing-Leubner and Jennifer Eik
Participants will learn how to create powerful learning environments to support the unique needs of heritage language learners in the classroom.
Learn more:


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CARLA Presentations Available Online

Video ScreenshotMany of the presentations CARLA sponsors at the University of Minnesota are videorecorded and posted on the CARLA website. Recordings of presentations given this fall include: Understanding Teacher Discourse Around Multiliteracies Pedagogy; Complicating Culture in Chinese Language Classes; World Language Teacher Preparation and the edTPA: How Alignment and Incongruities Can Inform Continuous Improvement; and Blended Learning and Online Coaching. Coming soon: Impact of High School Study on Post-Secondary Foreign Language Proficiency and Narrative Voices: Learners Shift Accuracy and Fluency in Protagonists' Speech.

Check out recordings of CARLA presentations at:


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Immersion Brief screenshot New CARLA Immersion Research-to-Action Brief!

How Can Learner Language Inform Mandarin Immersion Teaching?

October 2018

Tara Fortune and Zhongkui Ju (University of Minnesota)

Dr. Tara Fortune and CARLA research assistant Zhongkui Ju discuss key findings from a multi-year research project examining the oral proficiency outcomes of Mandarin immersion learners in the U.S. Results from their exploratory linguistic analysis of students' speech samples highlight specific aspects of learner language that can benefit from instructional interventions known to be effective in immersion classrooms. 

Download a free copy this CARLA working paper at:


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ACTFL 2018 Conference LogoAmerican Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo

Check out the following presentations that will be given by CARLA staff members and collaborators at the University of Minnesota.

Meeting Expectations: Proficiency Assessment and Curricular Response

Friday, November 16
11:00–11:45 AM
Ernest Morial Convention Center, Room 214 

The session reports on a four-year Language Flagship-sponsored project in which over 8,000 students completed ACTFL proficiency tests in speaking, reading, and listening at three institutions. Proficiency ratings, factors contributing to proficiency, and effects of systematic testing on curriculum and institutional climate will be discussed.
Session Presenters: Daniel Soneson (University of Minnesota), Fernando Rubio (University of Utah), Paula Winke (Michigan State University), and Margaret Malone (ACTFL).

The Intercultural and the Interpersonal in Chinese Language Teaching

Friday, November 16
3:00–3:45 PM
Ernest Morial Convention Center, Room 227  

This session offers participants ways of thinking about teaching interculturality that go beyond learning about culture and into explorations of self and difference in an intensely multicultural world. Strategies for curriculum and teacher development will be demonstrated.
Session Presenters: Martha Bigelow (University of Minnesota), Johanna Ennser-Kananen (Boston University), Kaishan Kong (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), Ping Peng (Minnetonka Public Schools), Alice Yang (University of Minnesota).

ACTFL Immersion SIG Presentation:
Reading in Mandarin and English: A Comparative Study of Immersion Learners

Friday, November 16
4:00–4:45 PM
Ernest Morial Convention Center, Room 229 

This multi-case study compares the strategic processing of more- and less-proficient Grade 4 immersion readers who are becoming biliterate in Mandarin and English. Data from think alouds and post-reading interviews shed light on learners' language-specific and cross-linguistic use of strategic processes. Pedagogical implications will be discussed.
Session Presenters: Tara Fortune (CARLA–University of Minnesota), Zhongkui Ju (CARLA–University of Minnesota), and Luyi Lien (Yinghua Academy).

Speaking Anxiety and Self-Assessment in Online Interpersonal Communications

Friday, November 16
4:00–4:45 PM
Ernest Morial Convention Center, Room R08 

This session reports on the experiences of 53 Spanish learners in online interpersonal speaking practices, and informs on their implications on students' and instructors' ratings of fluency and oral participation. Presenters discuss pedagogical considerations for integration of these practices and impact on students' speaking anxiety levels.
Presenters: Adolfo Carrillo Cabello (University of Minnesota) and Frances Matos-Schultz (University of Minnesota).

Integrating the Communicative Modes: Teaching Writing Through Genre

Friday, November 16
5:00–5:45 PM
Ernest Morial Convention Center, Room R06 

This session explores best practices and challenges in teaching written presentational communication in lower-level courses. Presenters focus on the process of moving from interpreting model texts to pre-writing activities and implementing genre-based writing. Sample materials and resources for carrying out this approach are provided.
Presenters:  Heather Willis Allen (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Kate Paesani (CARLA–University of Minnesota).

ACTFL Roundtable Presentations V:
Curriculum Articulation and Collaboration in a Yup'ik Immersion Program

Saturday, November 17
8:00–8:45 AM 
Ernest Morial Convention Center Exhibit Hall, Confer-sation Corner 

This roundtable discussion will offer participants an overview of how the Anchorage School District began a Yup'ik immersion program. Participants will explore critical questions related to this endeavor and have the opportunity to see curricular documents and Yup'ik assessment tools.
Presenters: Brandon Locke (Anchorage School District) and Martha Bigelow (University of Minnesota).

ACTFL Roundtable Presentations VII:
Transnational Experiences and Chinese Learning of Chinese Heritage Speakers

Saturday, November 17
1:30–2:15 PM
Ernest Morial Convention Center Exhibit Hall, Confer-sation Corner 

This qualitative study examined three young Chinese heritage language speakers' transnational experiences in Taiwan and its impact on their Chinese learning and understanding of being competent Chinese users. Study results generate useful insights to Chinese heritage language research and teaching. Pedagogical implications are discussed.
Presenter: Mengying Liu (University of Minnesota).


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