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CARLA supports the professional development of second language teachers through an annual summer institute program and a wide array of international conferences and local and regional seminars.


CARLA Summer Institutes 2017—By the Numbers

CARLA's 22nd annual summer institute program featured 15 programs, including 12 week-long, face-to-face summer institutes and three online summer institutes, one of which was funded through the STARTALK program for the fifth consecutive year.

As in years past, language teachers from all over the world attended the 2017 CARLA summer institutes–either in person or virtually. Check out these impressive numbers:

  • 393 participants engaged in CARLA-sponsored professional development programs this summer: 364 educators participated in the CARLA summer institute program while 29 teachers of less commonly taught languages were enrolled in the STARTALK program. CARLA's online options had a total enrollment of 77 virtual participants.
  • Participants hailed from 35 states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TX, VT, VA, WA, WV, and WI.
  • 18 countries were represented at the institutes this year: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Oman, Panama, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Venezuela.

Languages Taught by CARLA Summer Institute Participants

Language Taught by ParticipantThis year the CARLA summer institutes served teachers of 28 languages: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Dakota, Dutch, EFL/ESL, French, German, Greek, Hindi/Urdu, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lakota, Latin, Nakona (Assiniboine), Oromo, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Yoruba.

Forty-four (44%) of the summer institute participants were teachers of Spanish. Many teachers of French (17%) participated this year, in part because of the unique immersion summer institute that was taught in French by Professor Roy Lyster. As usual, the institutes also attracted many teachers of Chinese and other less commonly taught languages (22%) and teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) (15%).

Level of InstructionLevels of Instruction Represented at the
CARLA Summer Institutes

CARLA offers a wide range of opportunities for language teachers from K–12 schools to post-secondary institutions. CARLA's immersion summer institutes are targeted at K–12 teachers, while most of the summer institutes offered for foreign language teachers are targeted at the post-secondary and high school levels of instruction. Taken together, the majority of CARLA summer institute participants in 2017 were K–12 educators (70%) and more than a fourth (28%) were post-secondary level instructors.

Professional Roles of ParticipantsProfessional Roles of
CARLA Summer Institute Participants

More than three-fourths of the participants in the 2017 CARLA summer institutes were classroom teachers (76%). The other participants identified their primary role as program administrator (10%), language teacher educator (8%), or other (6%). Roles in the category of other included: curriculum specialist, immersion specialist, and instructional coach.




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