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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

 

 

Plurilingualism and the European Language Portfolio

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

12:20-1:10 p.m.

University Int’l Center Room 101

 

An increasing number of students in primary and secondary schools are plurilingual (US: multilingual), due to mobility, international job markets, or international conflicts. Plurilingualism as a phenomenon, as well as children's plurilingual development, competence, and practice are important areas of knowledge in teacher education. Based on an aim of 'mother tongue + 2' and on research in the field of early language learning, there is a tendency in Europe to introduce more languages earlier in schools or pre-schools.

The European Language Portfolio (ELP) is a tool for language learning. It allows its owner to record and reflect on his or her language learning and intercultural experiences. It is meant to enhance cross- and metalinguistic awareness and to foster formative assessment and learner autonomy. This talk will present elements of the Norwegian ELP, connecting them to issues in early language learning and plurilingualism.

Presenter: Heike Speitz is a professor of language education at the University College of Southeast Norway. Her main research interests are in the fields of early language learning, plurilingualism, learner autonomy, and language teacher education. She has long experience from educational research and development, and from teaching English and foreign languages at secondary/college level in Norway. Since 2003, she has been involved in Council of Europe activities, including the Language Education Policy Profile for Norway and the development of two European Language Portfolios.

 

CARLA Fellow Presentation

Who's the Teacher Now? A Pedagogy of Youth-Led Participatory Action Research for Heritage Language Education

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
12:20-1:10 p.m.
Peik 355

Youth-led participatory action research (YPAR) is an approach to teaching and learning that blurs research, pedagogy, and actions that seek transformational justice. This talk describes one example of a YPAR project in a high school Spanish as a heritage language class in which multilingual Latinx youth drew on their own study of U.S. Latinx social justice history to become teachers to multilingual 3rd-5th graders. They first drew on their own academic studies to design and facilitate learning circles, then utilized these experiences to lead language teachers and administrators in professional development around community expectations for linguistic and cultural representation in the schooling experiences of multilingual youth of color. Ultimately, this talk examines YPAR as a key pedagogy of possibility for multilingual youth to claim, reclaim, and sustain languages other than English whose maintenance has been restricted in the predominantly English language environment of U.S. schools. 

Presenter: Jenna Cushing-Leubner is a PhD candidate and doctoral dissertation fellow in the department of Curriculum & Instruction (Second Languages Education) and has spent the last four years working with teachers to forge multilingual learning spaces for youth from multilingual communities. She has worked extensively with teachers of English as an additional language and Spanish for native speakers to develop classes and programs that emphasize positive ethnic and linguistic identity, social justice, youth research, and transformative teaching.

Cosponsored by the Second Language Education Program in the College of Education and Human Development

 

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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Cosponsored by CARLA

Nonnative English Language Learners' Use and Understanding of Singular 'They' 

 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

1:25-2:15 p.m.

Nicholson 12

 

The use of the singular 'they' pronoun in academic (and social) discourse is a relatively new and ubiquitous phenomenon, and not one that is typically studied by English as a second language (ESL) students before they arrive in the United States. This study explores what pronouns university-level ESL students use when writing about a genderless person (e.g. "the ideal student"), and whether they recognize use of the singular 'they' pronoun, which may be included in class reading materials.  The findings of this study may be useful for instructors and curriculum developers.

 

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

 

 

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!

 

Supercharge Your Teaching with H5P:
Creating Rich and Interactive Web Experiences for Language Learners

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 9am - 12 noon CDT
Location: Jones 35 or Online/synchronous (details below)

Register now!

Are you looking for ways to give your students media-rich, interactive assignments for homework or in-class work? This exciting workshop will explore H5P—a free online tool that makes it easy for teachers to create online activities that can easily be shared on websites, mobile devices, and course management systems.

After an introduction of the more than 25 activity types available through H5P (drag and drop, hotspot, fill in the blanks, mark words, timelines, and more), the workshop will focus on H5P's powerful interactive video and course presentation features that allow teachers to use techniques such as branching and interactive questionnaires to foster high student engagement. Participants will learn new strategies for using H5P exercises in online, hybrid, or face-to-face courses, and will have an opportunity to try out these new tools by making an interactive video or course presentation.

Presenter: Shannon Spasova, Assistant Professor of Russian and Technology Specialist, Michigan State University with degrees in Slavic Languages and Instructional Design. Shannon has taught Russian language and literature for almost 20 years, including in a traditional classroom, in an immersion setting, using interactive television, online, and in a hybrid format.

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

Location: There are two options offered for this workshop:

  • Face-to-face: Workshop will be held in room 35 in Jones Hall located at 27 Pleasant Street SE. Hourly parking ($3/hour) is available nearby in the Church St. Garage.
  • Online/synchronous: Limited spaces are available for teachers to participate using their computer on the internet at the same time as the face-to-face option.  See details for virtual participation.

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.

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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.

Details:

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).

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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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