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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.

CARLA Presentation Series

Winter/Spring 2017




Showcasing the Power of Transformative Learning:
A Look at Students’ Perspectives on French-Speaking North America

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
12:20-1:10 p.m.
University Int’l Center Room 101

The Francophone communities of the United States are not often incorporated into the K-16 French curriculum.  If present, they are typically situated as existing only in the past with the contemporary beliefs and practices often remaining "invisible" to students.  During this presentation, the researcher will briefly outline a semester long undergraduate course organized around both historical and present-day Francophone New England and Louisiana.  Structured reflection journal entries and a culminating interview were the qualitative data analyzed for each student to determine to what extent transformative knowledge (i.e., learning that goes beyond the acquisition of basic knowledge and changes an individual's perspective of the world and his or her place within it) occurred from the beginning of the semester to the end.

Presenter: C. Brian Barnett is a Lecturer of French and Director of French Language Instruction at the University of Minnesota and has taught undergraduate-level novice, intermediate, and advanced French courses and graduate-level pedagogy courses. He has interests in the American varieties of French, immersion education, children's literature, materials and curriculum development, and styles- and strategies-based instruction.

Cosponsored by the Department of French and Italian in the College of Liberal Arts


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Creating a Field Trip Based Language Course


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2:30-3:25 p.m.

Nicholson 12

As an instructor of an elective ESL content course that focuses on U.S. culture, many things prompted me to shift this course away from the textbook, and into the community. This presentation will explore the motivations, benefits and challenges of teaching a class that takes students on a weekly field trip, almost always off campus, leaving the classroom, and textbook, behind.

Presenter: Patrick Scully is an adjunct Teaching Specialist in the Minnesota English Language Program at the University of Minnesota.


Please Note: We encourage you to submit ideas for topics and speakers; email Karin Larson at larso205@umn.edu.

Thank you for your support of this program!

Workshops For Teachers

Winter/Spring 2017


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


Enriching the World Languages Curriculum: Incorporating Language Varieties and Registers

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 9 am - 12 noon
Location: University International Center Room 101

Register now!

Are you interested in promoting and celebrating the linguistic diversity that exists in the language(s) that you teach?  Have your students shared that the language "out there" is different from the "standard" being taught in class?  If yes, this is the perfect workshop for you. 

During this interactive session, teachers will learn about the benefits of integrating language varieties and registers into the curriculum and how this can be accomplished through specific examples across proficiency levels. By creating a more inclusive classroom experience, teachers are validating and making visible often marginalized language varieties and registers; at the same time, they are creating more linguistically and culturally tolerant students who will be better prepared for authentic communication opportunities.     

IMPORTANT: Please bring a laptop and one or two examples of materials that focus on either register (e.g., a German rap song using slang) or linguistic variation (e.g., a poem written in Louisiana French) to work with during the workshop!

Presenter: C. Brian Barnett, Lecturer of French and Director of French Language Instruction, University of Minnesota. Brian has degrees in French, Spanish, and Language Education as well as a certification in secondary French. Brian has taught undergraduate-level novice, intermediate, and advanced French courses and graduate-level pedagogy courses. He has interests in the American varieties of French, immersion education, children's literature, materials and curriculum development, and styles- and strategies-based instruction.

Target audience: This workshop is appropriate for foreign language and ESL teachers at all levels. 

Registration Details

  • Cost: $30  -  register now!
  • Registration is online only and requires a credit card. The registration fee is non-refundable, but can be transferred to a colleague if you email the CARLA office (carla@umn.edu) with the updated participant information.

MCE and MCTLC Sponsored Workshop:

IP YAY: Assessing What Matters

Integrated Performance Assessments (IPA) Workshop Series

Put some "yay" into reviewing your curricular units and assessments with Integrated Performance Assessments (IPA) units!  IPAs provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their ability to communicate around any theme across the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication. When all lessons, activities and resources are designed to support the integrated performance assessment, students can truly show what they know in all communication modes.

The four five-hour workshops on four Saturdays are intended to help language teachers use the IPA framework to write and revise their curriculum based on the integrated performance assessment (IPA) framework developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). 

The workshops are designed help teachers focus on proficiency goals in language teaching and learn how to develop assessments of the three modes of communication using backward design (Wiggins & McTighe). The series is open to teachers of all levels and languages.

Presenter: Megan Budke, Spanish teacher, Wayzata West Middle School. Megan has extensive experience developing and implementing IPAs and has served as the district's world language resource teacher.


All workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • March 25, 2017: Developing the Interpersonal Mode
  • April 8, 2017: Developing the Presentational Mode

Location: Minnesota Department of Education, Conference Center A, Room 14.

Cost:  $30 per session or $100 for all four sessions. All sessions include lunch.

Register on the MCTLC website.

This workshop series is offered by a collaborative of Minnesota Department of Education, Coordinators of World Languages, CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition) and MCTLC  (Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures).



We encourage you to submit ideas for topics and speakers. Please email Karin Larson at larso205@umn.edu. Thank you for your support of this program!



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