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CARLA Summer Institutes 2018

Participant discussionThe Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota has provided high-quality professional development for language teachers for over two decades. 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, theory-building, hands-on activities, and plenty of networking opportunities.

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2018 Summer Institutes!


Who Participates in the CARLA Summer Institutes?

CARLA summer institute participants—more than 5,700 to date—have come from every state and countries all over the world. They have included foreign language, immersion, and ESL teachers at all levels of instruction, as well as program administrators, curriculum specialists, and language teacher educators. 

We invite you to join us this year!

A Look at the Past: CARLA Summer Institutes 2017

SI participants at lunchCARLA celebrated a successful conclusion to the center’s 22nd annual summer institute program at the end of July! This year CARLA offered 15 summer 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 CARLA summer institutes—either in person or virtually.
Check out these impressive statistics:
  • 393 participants engaged in CARLA-sponsored professional development programs this summer: 364 people participated in the CARLA summer institute program while 29 teachers of less commonly taught languages were enrolled in the STARTALK online course. CARLA’s online options had a total enrollment of 77 virtual participants.
  • Participants hailed from 35 states.
  • 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.
  • CARLA 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.

It is clear from reading the institute evaluations that these professional development opportunities make a significant difference for language teachers and their students. Comments by participants show that CARLA is seen as the “go to” center for resources and support for language instruction, and they greatly appreciate that our instructors are some of the best in the field.

Check out a few of the photos and "quotable quotes" from past summer institute program participants:

Check out more photos from the summer institutes in the CARLA Photo Archives

The institutes have been developed and are supported, in part, by 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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