CARLA Fellow Program Opportunity

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) seeks applications for the CARLA Fellow Program. Applicants should be University of Minnesota doctoral students who are nearing the end of their program of study. This program is designed to recognize and support the outstanding contributions made by graduate students in the area of second language learning and/or teaching, and to engage graduate students in the work being done at CARLA.

Two students will be selected to participate as CARLA Fellows for the 2017–2018 academic year. Fellows are expected to give a CARLA lunchtime presentation during the fellowship year and to attend CARLA events as their schedule permits. Selection criteria include: number of publications and presentations at national and international conferences; activities as a language teacher, advocate, consultant, or teacher educator; strength of letter of application; strength of recommendation letter from a faculty member; and strength of writing sample.

Benefits of being a CARLA Fellow:

  • Receive a $1,000 reimbursement allowance for travel to attend or present at a language-related conference
  • Have a dedicated workspace in the CARLA offices during the Spring semester
  • Give a CARLA lunchtime presentation

Application Process:

Submit a 1-2 page letter of application to CARLA Director Kate Paesani outlining the following:

  • Your research interests and activities
  • Your past involvement with CARLA and potential future involvement as a CARLA Fellow

Include the following documents in your application:

  • Academic writing sample related to language learning and/or teaching
  • Transcript of academic work (unofficial)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member

Email your application to the CARLA Director at:

Applications are due on Monday, October 29, 2018.

For more information, email Karin Larson at:


CARLA Fellow Bios • 2017–2018

CARLA is pleased to announce the selection of two CARLA Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year: Yi-Ju Lai and Cory Mathieu. Both are advanced doctoral students whose interests in foreign language learning and teaching help support CARLA's mission to "study multilingualism and multiculturalism, to develop knowledge of second language acquisition, and to advance the quality of second language teaching, learning, and assessment."
Yi-Ju Lai is a PhD candidate in the second language education program at the University of Minnesota. Her research addresses the language socialization processes and practices of multilingual international students into academic discourse communities in higher education contexts, focusing on the interactions where linguistic forms, communicative norms, institutional ideologies, and membership positioning are negotiated and constructed among participants. Using a critical ethnographic and discourse analysis approach, her current dissertation project examines the language development and socialization process of international teaching assistants in science and engineering. It also looks at their instructional interactions with U.S. university students, as they position themselves and are positioned simultaneously as language novices and content experts. In addition to her research work, Lai teaches courses on applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and language acquisition. Lai's participation in CARLA activities includes serving as a planning committee member at the 2017 SLA Graduate Student Symposium, presenting at the CARLA lunchtime talks and the CARLA Open House poster conference, and attending CARLA lunchtime presentations.

Corinne (Cory) Mathieu is working toward her doctoral dissertation in second language education. Her research focuses on materials use and materials development for engendering content and language integration in secondary Spanish dual language and immersion (DLI) classrooms. The goals of her research are to explore how Spanish DLI materials can be modified to facilitate form-focused instruction and student language awareness with the ultimate goal of improving students' second language proficiency. In addition to this research, Cory is also passionate about teacher education and professional development, and she has worked as a teacher and teacher educator in the M.Ed. and Dual Language and Immersion certificate programs at the University of Minnesota. Cory's previous participation in CARLA activities includes writing a Research to Action brief, serving as co-editor of the 2017 SLA Graduate Student Symposium proceedings that will be published by CARLA, presenting at the Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education, and attending various lunchtime presentations.

CARLA Fellow Presentations

Yi-Ju Lai gave two CARLA presentations in the fall, both of which were video-recorded and added to the CARLA presentation archives:

Lai, Y-J. (2017, September 26). "Constructing Academic Voices in Language Socialization in Academic Contexts."

Eslamdoost, S. & Lai, Y-J. (2017, October 31). "EFL Policy and Practice in Iran: Conflicts in Teacher Agency and Identity Construction."

Mark your calendars for a presentation in April by CARLA Fellow Cory Mathieu:

CARLA Fellow Presentation:
Materials Design and Use in a Secondary Spanish Immersion Classroom

Thursday, April 19
12:20-1:10 p.m.
Peik 355
Presenter: Cory Mathieu

Congratulations to Ji-Yu and Cory!

CARLA Fellows:

Yi-Ju Lai (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 
Corinne Mathieu
(Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 

Jenna Cushing-Leubner (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 
Mel Engman (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 
Jenifer Vanek (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 

LeeAnne Godfrey (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 
Beth Dillard (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 

Fang (Andie) Wang (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 
Amy Young (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D.) 

Angela George (Hispanic Linguistics/Ph.D)

Angela Pinilla-Herrera (Hispanic Linguistics/Ph.D)

Sachiko Horii (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Giang Thùy Pham (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences/Ph.D.)

Mandy Menke (Hispanic Linguistics/Ph.D)

Pam Wesely (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Karla Stone (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Laurent Cammarata (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Anne Dahlman (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Lisa McCowen (Hispanic Linguistics/Ph.D)

Karen Jorgensen (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)
Paul Magnuson (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Mike Anderson (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)
Jenny Yi-chun Kuo (Linguistics/Ph.D)

J. Cesar Felix-Brasdefer (Hispanic Linguistics/Ph.D)
Tara Fortune (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

Patsy Vinogradov (ESL/MA)
Bonnie Swierzbin (Linguistics/Ph.D)

Karin Goettsch (ESL/MA)
Francine Klein (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)
John Skinner (ESL/MA)

Andreas Schramm (Linguistics/Ph.D)
Nima Salehi (ESL/MA)

Karen Lybeck (Linguistics/ Ph.D)
Patricia Mougel (Second Languages and Cultures Education/Ph.D)

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