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Summer 2021

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  • 2021 CARLA Summer Institute Program
    Regular Registration Deadline: June 4
  • Second Language Research & Practice
    Call for Papers

CARLA Program Updates

  • Foreign Language Literacies Infographic
  • Social Justice & Language Education Webinar

CARLA Resources

  • CARLA Working Paper: Diversity and Transformation in Language Teacher Education: Selected Papers from the 10th and 11th Language Teacher Education Conferences

CARLA @ Conferences

  • IALLT Conference 2021
  • AATSP Annual Conference


Logo: CARLA Summer Institutes 2021

Regular Registration Deadline: June 4

2021 CARLA Summer Institute Program for Language Teachers

CARLA offers a wide range of institutes targeted at foreign/world language, ESL/EFL, heritage language, and immersion educators from a variety of teaching levels and contexts. Join the more than 6,700 language educators who have participated in this acclaimed professional development program. CARLA Summer Institutes fill quickly, so register soon.

All of the 2021 CARLA Summer Institutes will be taught online. See the full line-up below or online.

Synchronous Summer Institutes

Creativity in the Language Classroom
June 21–25, 2021
Nearly full!
Instructors: Anne Cummings Hlas and Amy Young

Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum DevelopmentFull! (waitlist available)
June 21–25, 2021

Instructor: Laurent Cammarata

Secondary Dual Language and Immersion: Achieving the Promise of Continuation ProgramsFull!  (waitlist available)
June 21–25, 2021 
Instructor: Cory Mathieu

Critical Approaches to Heritage Language EducationFull!  (waitlist full)
July 12–16, 2021

Instructors: Jenna Cushing-Leubner and J. Eik Diggs

Building on Effective Uses of Technology in Second Language TeachingNew!
July 19–23, 2021

Instructors: Adolfo Carrillo Cabello, Marlene Johnshoy, and Dan Soneson

Assessing Language Learners' Communication Skills via Authentic Communicative Performance Tasks
July 19–23, 2021

Instructor: Donna Clementi

Foreign Language Literacies: Using Target Language Texts to Improve Communication
July 19–23, 2021
Nearly full!
Instructors: Mandy Menke and Kate Paesani

Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social JusticeFull! (waitlist full)
July 26–30, 2021
Instructors: Cassandra Glynn and Pamela Wesely

Asynchronous Summer Institutes

Transitioning to Teaching Language Online
June 18–July 18, 2021
Instructors: Alyssa Bonnac, Ritu Jayakar, Marlene Johnshoy, and Frances Matos

Using the Web for Communicative Language LearningNearly full!
June 28–July 30, 2021
Instructor: Florencia Henshaw

Meaningful Portfolio Implementation: Using Goal Setting, Reflection, and Thinking Routines to Enhance Student Proficiency
June 28–July 30, 2021

Instructors: Stephanie Knight and Julie Sykes (Special collaboration with CASLS)

Language and Culture in Sync: Teaching Linguistic Politeness and Intercultural Awareness
June 28–July 16, 2021

Instructor: Noriko Ishihara

Practical Program Evaluation for Language TeachersNew!
June 28–July 16, 2021 
Instructors: Margaret Malone and Malik Stevenson
(Special collaboration with AELRC)

Note: K-12 school/district supervisors of language programs can request a $100 discount for this institute.

Teaching World Languages and Cultures in Elementary SettingsNearly full!
June 28–July 16, 2021

Instructor: Leah Shepard-Carey

Culture as the Core in the Second Language ClassroomFull! (waitlist available)
July 12–30, 2021
Instructor: Kaishan Kong

Button: Register Now! Information and Registration

  • Find detailed information about each institute on the CARLA Summer Institute webpage.
  • Register by June 4 to avoid late fees. CARLA Summer Institutes are filling quickly, so register soon.
  • Graduate-level credit is available for many of the institutes in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and College of Liberal Arts. Additional tuition/fees apply.



Second Language Research & Practice: Call for Papers

Second Language Research & Practice (SLRP), the open-access journal of the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC), is published annually in the fall. The journal's aim is to address postsecondary language education from theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives through the publication of research papers and reports.

Second Language Research & Practice accepts submissions on a rolling basis at any time of the year. However, for publication in the next volume, scheduled for publication in Fall 2022, priority will be given to submissions received by January 15, 2022.

Submission details are available on the SLRP website.


CARLA Program Updates

Infographic header: Making Multiliteracies Real: Comparing Multiliteracies Pedagogy & Communicative Language Teaching

Foreign Language Literacies Infographic

A new infographic on the CARLA website compares the main tenets and concepts of multiliteracies pedagogy (ML) and communicative language teaching (CLT). Research conducted by the Foreign Language Literacies project team revealed that teachers often use what they know about language teaching to help them understand new teaching approaches. Specifically, teachers familiar with CLT often draw on that approach to frame their understandings of ML. This infographic can be used as a quick reference for language educators engaged in pre-service orientations, methods courses, professional development workshops, and professional learning circles.

Learn more and download a PDF of the infographic.

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Social Justice and Language Education Webinar

In May, leaders of CARLA’s Social SCILS grant held a virtual discussion of questions related to the intersection of language and social justice. They addressed the questions: What are the goals of language education in the 21st century? How does the study of languages help us understand different viewpoints? When is language a barrier to social justice efforts?

The panelists, all from the University of Minnesota, were Kate Paesani, CARLA Director and Affiliate Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts; Lauren Goodspeed, Lecturer, Department of French and Italian; Mandy Menke, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies; and Helena Ruf, Senior Lecturer, Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch.

Watch a recording of the webinar Why World Languages Matter in Social Justice Education.


CARLA Resources

Diversity and Transformation in Language Teacher Education:
Selected Papers from the 10th and 11th Language Teacher Education Conferences

Screenshot: Book CoverThis volume contains selected papers from the tenth and eleventh International Language Teacher Education (LTE) conferences held in 2017 at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in 2019 at the University of Minnesota, respectively. In keeping with the mission of the biennial LTE conference, both events addressed the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in all the many national and international contexts in which this takes place, including: English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) instruction; foreign/modern/world language teaching; bilingual education; immersion education; indigenous language education; heritage language education; and the teaching of less commonly taught languages.

A common theme across the two LTE conferences was diversity. Whereas the first conference targeted the diverse nature of student populations in an increasingly multilingual world and the importance of language teacher educators in addressing the challenges and potentials of this diversity, the second conference highlighted the desire to explore teachers and teacher educators as individuals functioning within diverse sociocultural contexts. The papers in this volume provide a view into this diversity as they address the various perspectives, contexts, languages, and frameworks in which language teacher education takes place.

Papers included in this volume:

  1. Rethinking ‘Scale’ in Language Teacher Professional Development: Questions of Access and Equity by Donald Freeman, University of Michigan
  2. Enacting an Identity Approach in a Language Teacher Education Practicum Course by Jason Martel, Middlebury Institute of International Studies and Bedrettin Yazan, University of Texas at San Antonio
  3. Teachers’ Experiences Implementing Their Learning of a Course Entitled: Teaching English Pronunciation and Discourse by Karen Lybeck, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  4. English Language Teachers’ Reflection on Their Critical Incidents: Promoting Reflectivity in a Blog Environment by Hassan Nejadghanbar and Mahmood Reza Atai, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran
  5. An Examination of Language Teachers’ Cognitive Interests by Maria Villalobos-Buehner, Rider University

Available now on Amazon.


CARLA Presentations at Conferences

Check out the following conference presentations that will be given by CARLA's University of Minnesota colleagues this spring.

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IALLT Conference 2021

June 16-18, 2021
Held Online

A New Format for a Regional Conference: MWALLT’s Virtual Conference

Date/Time TBD

Conference formats are currently in flux. In 2019, MWALLT established a new hybrid conference format that included virtual presentations in addition to brick-and-mortar hubs at several universities that allowed for face-to-face networking. The new format was well-received, doubled attendance in 2020, and served as a model for a number of other conferences. Because local, in-person gatherings were not possible in 2021, we designed a fully virtual half-day event that was hosted by four institutions. The virtual format featured lightning presentations followed by hands-on mini workshops that provided opportunities to follow through on selected lightning talks. The presentation will outline our thinking in designing this format and include a discussion of the degree to which the format succeeded in drawing members of the region together to share practical experiences and expertise.

Presenters: Dan Soneson, University of Minnesota; Marlene Johnshoy, CARLA–University of Minnesota; Jonathan Perkins, University of Kansas

Find conference details and registration information on the IALLT website.


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AATSP Annual Conference

July 8-11, 2021
Atlanta, Georgia

Study of Linguistic Attitudes about Spanish-English Code-Switching: Project-Based Learning Unit

Saturday, July 10, 2021
3:45-4:30 p.m.

Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered teaching approach in which learners work on an authentic task during a period of time to resolve complex issues or real life challenges. This presentation will describe a unit based on this approach to study the topic of linguistic attitudes towards Spanish-English code-switching in the United States. This unit can be incorporated in Spanish upper-division courses such as the introduction to Hispanic linguistics.
Note: This session will be presented in Spanish.

Presenter: Vivian Hirlandy Franco Díaz, University of Minnesota

Find conference details and registration information on the AATSP website.


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