Presentations, Workshops, and Special Events

CARLA sponsors a series of presentations and workshops during the academic year and also offers a number of other special events, such as the CARLA Open House. These presentations are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Locations can be found on the University map website.

Many of the presentations have been recorded and you can find them on the Presentation Recordings webpage.

CARLA Presentation Series

Fall 2018

Narrative Voices: Learners Shift Accuracy and Fluency in Protagonists’ Speech

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
12:20-1:10 p.m.
Nolte 140

This research study supports the idea that heteroglossia contributes to language learning in second language acquisition theory and bilingualism.  Bakhtin’s (1934/1981) theory of heteroglossia differs from sociolinguistic constructs of variation in claiming that when acquiring a language, one internalizes different ‘voices’ of others, where ‘voice’ includes not just linguistic units, but also others’ suprasegmentals, nonverbals, and social stances.  The study analyzes speech samples from adult learners of English at different developmental levels as they engage in language play to produce narratives in their own voice, and as part of those same narratives, produce episodes of constructed dialogue that imaginatively recreate the 'voices' of their protagonists. We demonstrate important shifts in accuracy, complexity, fluency, and other features of learner language as the learners shift from their own voices to those of their protagonists, and we use a variationist and heteroglossic theory of second language acquisition to argue that all these voices form a part of their interlanguage competence. We claim on the basis of these findings that language play in constructing dialogue in oral narration is facilitative of SLA, and should be used more in classroom L2 pedagogy.

Elaine Tarone
has published extensively on variationist approaches to second language acquisition; a retired professor at the University of Minnesota, she is a past director of CARLA. 
Darren LaScotte
is a Teaching Specialist in the Minnesota English Language Program and in the Department of French & Italian.  Within the broader scope of applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, his research interests include language teaching practice, language play, and learner language variation across social contexts.

Please note: We encourage you to submit ideas for topics and speakers; email Karin Larson at

Thank you for your support of this program!

Special Events


CARLA Celebration Open House

Thursday, November 8, 2018
3:30–5:00 p.m.
University International Center 101

Open House 2018 CARLA Director, Kate Paesani, speaks to the Open House attendees

CARLA sends a big "thank you" to all those who attended the CARLA Celebration Open House held on Thursday, November, 2018, at the University International Center. The event provided an opportunity to celebrate CARLA and spend time with colleagues from units all across campus.

Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs Meredith McQuaid and CARLA Director Kate Paesani gave a set of brief remarks acknowledging those who have given their time, talent, and financial resources to further CARLA’s goal of improving language teaching and learning. Special thanks were given to the following units and individuals: Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost; Global Programs and Strategy Alliance; Office of the Vice President for Research; College of Education and Human Development; College of Liberal Arts CLA Language Center; Former CARLA Director, Elaine Tarone; CARLA Executive Committee members; CARLA Advisory Board members; and Carole and Jim Hynes. Kate also provided a brief outline of CARLA’s current initiatives and plans for the future, which were described in greater detail on posters created for the event.

From CARLA's special event in 2017:

Graphic link to CARLA Open House 2017 webpage

Learn more about the 2017 CARLA Presentation and Open House including a video of the keynote presentation by Claire Kramsch and information about research poster sessions held during the event.

Workshops For Teachers

Please note: Online workshop registration will be turned off at 4 p.m. on the Thursday before the Saturday of each workshop. Register early!

A series in collaboration with the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC), the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), the Minnesota Coordinators of World Language (MNCoWL), and the Minnesota Department of Education

Proficiency + Performance = Classroom Possibilities

Back by popular demand - a series of 5 workshops focused on what your students can DO with the language! Come learn how proficiency influences instruction and lesson design in the world language classroom. Let's inspire students to use the target language in meaningful ways and move to the next proficiency level!

These workshops will explore how the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines and the Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) framework impact instruction and lesson design.  During the sessions, we will work with performance goals for language learners of all levels to develop lessons and activities for each mode of communication that lead to successful student performance on their assessments / IPAs.

The series is open to teachers of all levels and languages and is intended for both immersion and non-immersion teachers.  The series is also an excellent fit for teachers in dual language or immersion programs intending to measure the language development and proficiency levels of the non-English immersion language of their programs.

Session Dates and Times

Session 1: ACTFL Training-Unwrapping Proficiency w/ Paul Sandrock  
Oct. 27, 2018, 9am-3:30pm   

Session 2: I can, can you? 
Dec. 1, 2018, 9am-1pm         

Session 3: The Interpretive Dance                             
Jan. 26, 2019, 9am-1pm         

Session 4: Let's Get (Inter)personal!                              
Feb. 23, 2019, 9am-1pm      

Session 5: Power Up the Presentational Mode!                         
April 13, 2019, 9am-1pm   


Session 1: $75
Sessions 2-5: $145 (for all four) or $42 each
*All sessions include a light breakfast and lunch*


Minnesota Department of Education Conference Center A or B


For registration information see:


Megan Budke, World Language Consultant and Teacher at Wayzata Public Schools. Megan has taught middle and high school Spanish for 10 years.  She has extensive experience leading professional development around performance, proficiency, and IPAs. She has served as her district's world language resource teacher and led professional development events such as the MDE 2017 IP-YAY! workshops, which focused on using IPAs to create curriculum that focuses on teaching for proficiency, and the MDE 2018 Rate it! workshops, focusing on how to use performance rubrics to assess what students can do with the language. She is passionate about proficiency, IPAs, and social justice.

Karen Nickel, World Language Teacher and PLC (Professional Learning Communities) Coach at Wayzata Public Schools. Karen has taught for 30 years with experience in German and ELL in adult, elementary, junior and senior high education. She has led efforts toward aligning curriculum and equitable grading, integrating technology, personalizing learning, incorporating social-emotional learning, and promoting cultural diversity and social justice curriculum. She has facilitated  student exchanges since 1987 and is a avid world traveler.   

Kara Parker, World Language Consultant, Curriculum Writer, and Blogger with Creative Language Class. Kara is National Board certified and taught Spanish and ELL for 13 years in private, public and alternative schools in Louisville, KY. She was also a contributor on JCPS district cohort's shift toward proficiency. Since 2015, Kara has been presenting professional development at districts and conferences across the United States as well as Asia. She is enthusiastic about proficiency-based instruction inspired by culture in order to positively impact students' language learning experiences.


PLEASE NOTE: We encourage you to submit ideas for topics and speakers; email Karin Larson at

Thank you for your support of this program!


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