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News about Second Language Education and Research Activities
at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
Spring 2016 


  • CARLA Summer Institutes 2016—Early-bird deadline May 29!
  • 6th International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education—Registration Open!
  • 10th International Conference on Language Teacher Education—Call for Papers

CARLA Program Updates

  • STARTALK: Transitioning to Teaching Language Online—Applications due May 2!

CARLA Resources

  • CARLA on Facebook

CARLA @ Conferences

  • Conversations in Immersion

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CARLA Summer Institutes 2016

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Early Bird dateRegister now for your summer institute!

Join the more than 5,000 language teachers who have participated in this internationally known program. Linking research and theory with practical applications for the classroom, each institute includes discussion, theory-building, hands-on activities, and plenty of networking opportunities.

Hurry–the early-bird registration deadline is May 29!

Summer Institutes for Language Teachers

CARLA offers a range of institutes targeted at foreign language and ESL teachers from a variety of teaching levels and contexts:

Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning and Professional Development—online course
July 11–August 14, 2016

Using Technology in Second Language Teaching
July 11–15, 2016

Creativity in the Classroom: Fostering Student Learning Through Creative Language Experiences
July 11–15, 2016

Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social JusticeNEW!
July 11–15, 2016

Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom
July 18–22, 2016

Improving Language Learning: Styles- and Strategies-Based Instruction
July 18–22, 2016

Focusing on Learner Language: Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers
July 18–22, 2016

Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom
July 25–29, 2016

Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development
July 25–29, 2016

Developing Materials for Language Teaching
July 25–29, 2016

Teaching Heritage Languages and LearnersNEW!

July 25–29, 2016

Special Opportunity!
CARLAtech: Transitioning to Teaching Language Online (TTLO)
June 13–July 3, 2016 (3-week online course)


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Summer Institutes for Immersion Teachers

CARLA also offers these popular institutes that are designed specifically for immersion educators (K–12) and immersion program leaders:

Character Literacy Development in Mandarin ImmersionNEW!
June 20–24, 2016

Immersion 101: An Introduction to Immersion Teaching
July 11–15, 2016

Meeting the Challenges of Immersion Education: Teacher Collaboration for Integrating Language and Content in Grades 5–12NEW!
July 18–22, 2016


The summer institutes have been developed and are offered with support, in part, from the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Language Resource Center program. The summer institutes are co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development and College of Liberal Arts.


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You can use the CARLA summer institutes to get a certificate of Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching through the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Check it out at:




Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education

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Early Bird DateRegistration Open!

Sixth International Conference on Immersion & Dual Language Education

Connecting Research and Practice Across Contexts

October 20–22, 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Minneapolis, MN, USA

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. This conference welcomes proposals on school-based immersion, bilingual, and dual language programs that involve a minimum of 50% subject-matter schooling through a second, foreign, 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 in the immersion language. Program models include:

  • One-Way Second/Foreign Language Immersion
  • Co-Official/Regional Language Immersion
  • Two-Way Bilingual Immersion
  • One-Way Developmental Bilingual Education
  • Indigenous Language Immersion

While each model targets distinct sociocultural contexts and educational needs, all embrace language, literacy, and culture development through subject-matter learning with a high degree of language intensity. The Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education will bring these models together to engage in research-informed dialogue and professional exchange across languages and instructional contexts.

Conference Speakers

  • Ellen Bialystok, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Patricia C. Gándara, University of California – Los Angeles, USA
  • Tina M. Hickey, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Patsy Lightbown, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • Teresa L. McCarty, University of California – Los Angeles, USA

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Program Information

Conference Co-Chairs: Diane J. Tedick (University of Minnesota) and Roy Lyster (McGill University)

Tenth International Conference on Language Teacher Education


Call for Proposals:

Tenth International Conference on Language Teacher Education

Language Teacher Education for a World on the Move:
Meeting the Needs of Diverse Student Populations

February 2 - 4, 2017
UCLA Covel Commons

Featured Plenary Speakers

  • Olga Kagan, Director, UCLA National Heritage Language Resource Center; Professor UCLA
  • Karen Johnson, Professor, Penn State University and Paula Golombek, Professor, University of Florida
  • James Lantolf, Professor, Penn State University and Olga Esteve, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

The 21st century with its ongoing migration and globalization trends requires new approaches to teacher training. Our selection of this title aims to address the growing need of training language teachers to address diverse student populations in an increasingly multilingual world.

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

Call Deadline: June 21, 2016

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This conference is sponsored and hosted by the National Heritage Language Resource Center. CARLA is a cosponsor of this conference.

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Now taking applications for this unique summer program!

STARTALK: Transitioning to Teaching Language Online (TTLO)

June 13–July 3, 2016

This STARTALK program is for K-16 teachers of critical languages who want to teach their language online. Offered completely online, this 3-week, intensive course will give teacher participants the experience of being an online learner. Course content will focus on many different facets of a successful online language course, such as creating community, time management strategies for teachers and students, choosing appropriate technology tools for communicative-based activities, and developing a variety of online activity types. In addition to exploring these aspects of teaching online, participants will see these concepts in action in model online language activities.

By the end of the course, participants will have a portfolio of activities ready to be incorporated in an online course. Teachers will be awarded a certificate of completion upon finishing course requirements (optional graduate credits available for a fee - see below).

Who may apply

This program is open to teachers who:

  • teach K-16 critical language teachers (only Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu) - for other languages, see note below*
  • teach those languages in the United States.
  • are experienced classroom language teachers
  • teach using a student-centered, proficiency-based, communication-oriented methodology.

Teachers who have taught in, or attended, a previous STARTALK course on methodology or technology are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by May 13, 2016

Find more information about the program and application details on the STARTALK: Transitioning to Teaching Language Online website.

* If you teach other languages than the ones listed here, please see the CARLA Summer Institute for TTLO.


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Conversations in Immersion Conference

April 21–22, 2016
Cecil Picard Center, Lafayette, LA

Dr. Tara Fortune (CARLA, University of Minnesota) will deliver one of the keynote speeches at the conference. The conference will have breakout sessions created by immersion teachers for immersion teachers showing best practices in their classrooms. Friday will feature an information session panel discussion about the benefits of and roadblocks to immersion.


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May 10–14, 2016
Michigan State University, East Lansing

Design and Delivery of Basic Online Language Instruction I & II

Wednesday, May 11, 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00–4:00 p.m.

The BOLDD Collaboratory offers this two part workshop on the design/development (morning session) and delivery (afternoon session) of online courses for lower level language learning. In the design session, we present the theory and practices of effective online design, including special attention to new design modes like mobile learning. For the afternoon session on delivery, we draw ample examples from our own experiences as online instructors with special attention to teacher preparation. Participants may opt to take one or both of the sessions.
Presenters: Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Marlene Johnshoy, Robert Godwin-Jones, Christopher Hromalik, Bonnie Youngs, and Victoria Russell




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