CARLA Summer Institutes

The 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, hands-on activities, and networking.


In response to the COVID-19 situation that has changed life for us all, CARLA has moved the Summer Institute Program online. We are proud to announce that all of the institute instructors agreed to teach their institute in an online format–either asynchronous or synchronous. Find the details here.

Register now for the 25th annual
CARLA Summer Institute Program!

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Summer Institutes for 2020


Who Participates in the CARLA Summer Institutes?

CARLA summer institute participants—more than 6,300 to date—have come from every state and countries all over the world. They have included foreign/world language, ESL/EFL, heritage language and immersion educators at all levels of instruction, as well as program administrators, curriculum specialists, and language teacher educators. 

A Look at the Past: CARLA Summer Institutes 2019

SI participants at lunchCARLA celebrated a successful conclusion to the center’s 24th annual summer institute program in August! This year CARLA offered a total of 13 summer programs including nine face-to-face institutes and three online institutes. In addition, the online institute Transitioning to Teaching Languages Online was offered to a group of Pakistani EFL teachers under a special contract with the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan.

The Stats

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:

  • 264 participants engaged in CARLA-sponsored professional development programs this summer: 184 people participated in the CARLA summer institute program. CARLA’s online options had a total enrollment of 80 virtual participants.
  • Participants hailed from 30 states and D.C. and 12 countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Spain, and Singapore.
  • The summer programs served teachers of 21 languages: Arabic, Chinese, EFL/ESL, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Kalkatungu, Korean, Kurdish, Latin, Ojibwe, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Urdu.

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

See a list of all the summer institutes CARLA has offered since the program began in 1996.

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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