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Fall 2018

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  • Eleventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education: SAVE THE DATES • May 30–June 1, 2019!
  • Midwest Association for Language Learning Technology (MWALLT)—Register Now!
  • Seventh International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language EducationEarly Registration Deadline October 19

CARLA Program Updates

  • CARLA’s 23rd Annual Summer Institute ProgramBy the Numbers

CARLA Resources

  • Developing Responsible Global Citizenship Through Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC): Selected Papers from the 2016 CLAC Conference—Free Download

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LTE conference participants

Save the Dates!

Eleventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education

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

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/modern/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

The call for papers will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

More Information

This conference is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota and in partnership with the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language & Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona, the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR) at Georgia State University, and the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC).


Register Now!

Map of MWALLT included statesMidwest Association for Language Learning Technology (MWALLT) 2018 Fall Conference

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Conference Host Sites:
University of Kansas
Michigan State University
University of Minnesota

MWALLT's 2018 conference will be of particular interest to all K–12 and post-secondary language instructors, individuals affiliated with media centers or language labs, and individuals interested in any facet of language learning technology. This year the conference will be offered in a new experimental format: Participants will be able to attend the conference at one of the three host sites, at a nearby hub (locations), or virtually.

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The MWALLT conference is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Language Center and CARLA at the University of Minnesota along with the University of Kansas and Michigan State University.

Early Registration DeadlineOctober 19

Seventh International Conference on Immersion & Dual Language Education

Immersion Conference posterTransforming Communities Through Multilingualism

February 6–9, 2019
The Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

Immersion and dual language education continue to evolve as highly effective program models for launching students on the road to bi- and multilingualism and intercultural competence. School-based immersion, bilingual, and dual language programs involve a minimum of 50% subject-matter schooling through a second, world, heritage, or indigenous language at the preschool and elementary levels (PreK–5/6). Secondary or post-secondary continuation programs for elementary immersion/dual language graduates include a minimum of two subject courses.

Conference Speakers

Putting the Puzzle Pieces of Bilingual Language Learning Together: Lessons from First-, Second-, and Bilingual Language Acquisition
Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole, Florida International University

The Urgent Need for Authentic Communication in Every Lesson
Jeff Zwiers, Stanford Graduate School of Education

The 21st Century School: How and Why Dual Language Works for Everyone, PK-12
Virginia P. Collier and Wayne P. Thomas, George Mason University

Mom, They Do Know We're (American) Indian, Right?
Susan C. Faircloth, University of North Carolina - Wilmington

Education Policy at the International, National, State, and Local District Level

Bill Rivers, JNCL-NCLIS 


Early registration is open now through October 19, 2018 with a special rate of $349. Regular registration runs from October 20, 2018 ending on January 16, 2019 with a rate of $399. Options exist for full conference registration, 1-day registration, school visits, pre-conference workshops, and several events.

More Information

CARLA is the founder of the International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education and is pleased to serve as partner for the upcoming conference, Transforming Communities Through Multilingualism, with East Carolina University, Public Schools of North Carolina, and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.



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Summer Institute participants at lunch

Summer Institutes 2018

CARLA celebrated a successful conclusion to the Center's 23rd annual Summer Institute Program as we wrapped up our summer institutes in mid-August. This year CARLA offered a total of 14 summer programs including ten week-long, face-to-face institutes and four online institutes, one of which was funded through the STARTALK program for a sixth consecutive year.

Language teachers from all over the world attended the 2018 CARLA Summer Institute Program – either in person or virtually. Check out these impressive statistics:

  • 335 participants engaged in CARLA-sponsored professional development programs this summer: 301 people attended CARLA summer institutes while 34 teachers of less commonly taught languages enrolled in the STARTALK online course. CARLA's online options had a total enrollment of 101 virtual participants.
  • Participants hailed from 33 states: AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, and WI.
  • 13 countries were represented at the institutes this year: Algeria, Australia, Chile, France, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Kenya, The Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates.
  • The summer programs served teachers of 23 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dakota/Lakota, Dutch, EFL/ESL, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi/Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Menominee, Ojibwe, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Ukrainian, and Yugtun/Yup'ik.


CARLA Resources - section header

Proceedings cover New CARLA Working Paper!

Developing Responsible Global Citizenship Through Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC): Selected Papers from the 2016 CLAC Conference

edited by Dan Soneson and Caleb Zilmer

The essays in this collection are based on presentations given at the Tenth Conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum held in October 2016. The essays represent a broad variety of approaches and facets that illustrate the inherently flexible nature of CLAC's main principle of promoting transformational learning through the integration of content, language, and culture. This is the first printed volume based on presentations given at one of the conferences.

Download a free copy this CARLA working paper at:


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