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Late Fall 2021

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  • CARLA Summer Institutes 2022
    Registration open on January 3, 2022
  • CARLA Workshops for Teachers: Fall 2021
    Register now!
  • CARLA Director Elected to ACTFL Board

CARLA Program Updates

  • Social Justice in Language Education
    New bibliography and webinar recording

CARLA Resources

  • Language Program Direction (LPD) Project
    New LPD module and issue of Second Language Research & Practice

CARLA @ Conferences

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention 2021


Logo - CARLA Summer Institutes 20222022 CARLA Summer Institute Program for Language Teachers

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 2022, CARLA will offer online (synchronous and asynchronous) institutes and face-to-face institutes on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

CARLA Summer Institute participants—more than 7,000 to date—have come from every state and from 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.

Check out the line-up for the 27th annual CARLA Summer Institute Program and plan to join us in 2022!




Transforming the Teaching of
Language Online

June 21–July 17, 2022
Instructors: Ritu Jayakar,
Marlene Johnshoy, Frances Matos,
and Shannon Quinn

Implementing Reflective Practices and Portfolios
June 27–July 29, 2022
Instructors: Stephanie Knight
and Julie Sykes

Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning
June 27–July 29, 2022
Instructor: Florencia Henshaw

Teaching Linguistic Politeness
and Intercultural Awareness

June 27–July 15, 2022
Instructor: Noriko Ishihara

Culture as the Core
in the Second Language Classroom

July 11–29, 2022
Instructor: Kaishan Kong

Integrating Career Readiness
into Language Programs
June 21–23, 2022
Instructor: Sara Mack

Integrating Peacebuilding
into Language Education
June 21–23, 2022
Instructors: María Matilde Olivero
and Rebecca L. Oxford

Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development
June 27–July 1, 2022
Instructor: Laurent Cammarata

Creativity in the Language Classroom
June 27–July 1, 2022
Instructors: Anne Cummings Hlas
and Amy Young

Building on Effective Uses
of Technology

July 18–22, 2022
Instructors: Adolfo Carrillo Cabello,
Marlene Johnshoy, and Beth Kautz

Teaching for Proficiency
in Dual Language Immersion
July 19–21, 2022
Instructors: Kerrie Neu,
Fernando Rubio, and
Johanna Watzinger-Tharp

Critical Approaches to Heritage Language Education
July 11–15, 2022
Instructors: Jenna Cushing-Leubner
and J. Eik Diggs

Assessing Language Learners' Communication Skills via Communicative Performance Tasks
July 18–22, 2022
Instructor: Donna Clementi

Foreign Language Literacies:
Using Target Language Texts
to Improve Communication

July 18–22, 2022
Instructors: Mandy Menke
and Kate Paesani

Secondary Dual Language and Immersion: Achieving the Promise of Continuation Programs
July 25–29, 2022
Instructors: Cory Mathieu
and Sarah Hutton

Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice
July 25–29, 2022
Instructors: Cassandra Glynn
and Beth Wassell

Information and Registration

The summer institutes are co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and College of Liberal Arts. Many institutes are offered for graduate-level credit for an additional cost.


Logo - CARLA Workshop SeriesCARLA Workshops for Teachers: Fall 2021

Each semester, CARLA offers a series of workshops designed especially for language teachers. All workshops are offered online.

Unveiling New DLI-Specific Rubrics to Support Teacher Development

Logo - DLI Rubrics
Saturday, December 4, 2021
10:00–11:30 a.m. (Central Time)

Online via Zoom
Cost: FREE!
Register here for the Zoom link

In this interactive workshop, Diane (Dee) Tedick and Cory Mathieu introduce their new dual language and immersion (DLI) specific Teacher Assessment Rubrics! The preservice, inservice, and self-assessment rubrics describe the pedagogical skills and knowledge that are unique to DLI contexts and necessary for promoting high levels of student academic achievement and language development. They are designed to support DLI teacher preparation and professional development. The rubrics are research-based, context-dependent, formative, developmental, and educative—ideally, teachers will learn new skills and practices by interacting with the rubrics. The workshop will include an introduction to the content of the rubrics and an associated workbook, an explanation of the development process, and substantial time for Q&A and discussion with colleagues about how the rubrics might be integrated into teacher education and K-12 DLI programs. Check out the rubrics online.

Diane (Dee) Tedick, Professor, University of Minnesota.
Cory Mathieu, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin—Green Bay

Additional Information


Logo-ACTFL CARLA Director Elected to the ACTFL Board

CARLA is pleased to announce that Director Kate Paesani has been elected and appointed to the ACTFL Board of Directors as an at-large member for higher education. Her three-year term will begin on January 1, 2022. ACTFL has provided vision, leadership, and support for quality language teaching and learning since it was founded in 1967. ACTFL’s membership includes more than 13,000 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.

Additional Information


CARLA Program Updates

Screenshot of summer institute online group facesSocial Justice in Language Education Grant Update:

Strengthening Career Competencies, Intercultural Understanding, and Language Proficiency Through Specialized Materials (Social SCILS)

Last fall, CARLA received funding for the Social SCILS project through a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI International Research and Studies Program. The project is focused on creating a suite of materials in multiple languages that are grounded in multiliteracies pedagogy and address a range of critical social justice topics (e.g., identity, racism, immigration, language policy, environmental sustainability).

During the first year of the grant, the Social SCILS team worked collaboratively to create curricular unit and lesson plan templates that include: essential questions around social justice topics; student learning objectives related to language proficiency and intercultural understanding; targeted career competencies; daily, scaffolded lesson plans grounded in multiliteracies pedagogy; and a real-world summative assessment and grading rubric. Over the summer, the templates were used by a team of curriculum developers to create curricular units for French, German, and Spanish. After being piloted during this academic year, the units will be revised and posted on the project website as Open Educational Resources. Additional units in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish will be developed during Summer 2022.

Check out the latest resources offered by the project

Social Justice Bibliography

The Social Justice Bibliography provides a curated list of resources in three main categories: general social justice resources, social justice and language education, and language-specific resources. The resources included in each area are broken into subtopics and include scholarly publications, blog posts, podcasts, resource repositories, websites, videos, and the like.

Webinar: Bringing Social Justice into Language Classes:
Templates to Guide Instructional Planning

This webinar describes the process of developing research-based curricular unit and lesson plan templates that support language instructors in the teaching of social justice themes.  The templates merge frameworks grounded in multiliteracies, social justice, and career readiness to promote development of students’ language proficiency, intercultural understanding, and career competencies.

Additional Information


CARLA Resources

Language Program Direction

CARLA’s Language Program Direction project is focused on developing resources to equip new and aspiring postsecondary language program directors (LPDs) with the knowledge and skills necessary to support their daily work. The job of the LPD typically requires a wide range of knowledge and skills related to curriculum design, assessment, program evaluation, materials development, teacher supervision and professionalization, scheduling, and troubleshooting. Many LPDs are also active scholars and serve as mentors to graduate students.

Language Program Direction Self-Study Modules

To support the complex work of LPDs, a team of experts is creating a series of seven online professional development modules, each addressing a different topic related to directing lower-level language programs in postsecondary language departments:

The first two modules are posted online. Modules 3 and 7 are expected to be posted later this year. Other modules will be posted throughout 2022.

New Issue of Second Language Research & Practice

Logo - SLRPVolume 2, Issue 1 of Second Language Research & Practice, the open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC), is now available! The issue features six research articles and four reports on a range of topics including project-based learning, multiliteracies pedagogy, machine translation, open educational resources, comics and manga, non-traditional speakers, inclusivity, teacher identity, tutoring, and self-directed learning.

The journal is now accepting submissions for Volume 3, Issue 1, to be published in Fall 2022.

Additional Information


CARLA Presentations at Conferences

Logo - ACTFL VirtualAmerican Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2021 Annual Convention

November 19–21, 2021

Check out the following presentations that will be given by CARLA's colleagues from the University of Minnesota. Click on the linked presenter names to learn more about the CARLA summer institutes they will lead in 2022!

From Project to Publication in Second Language Research & Practice

Friday, November 19
4:45–5:30 PM (EST)

Attendees will meet the editors of Second Language Research & Practice, a new online open-access journal addressing postsecondary language education from various perspectives. Come learn about the publishing process, the types of articles that are accepted, required article components, and turning a project or idea into a submission.
Presenters: Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (University of Utah) and Kate Paesani (CARLA–University of Minnesota)

Virtual Study "Abroad" in German: Challenges and Opportunities

On Demand 

How can students study "abroad" when international travel is not possible? In this session, presenters share experiences with creating virtual exchange programs in Germany and Austria for varied topics and proficiency levels. The session explores both the challenges and opportunities that virtual study "abroad" can present, even post-pandemic.
Presenters: Charles Webster (University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign), Elizabeth Kautz (University of Minnesota), and Susanne Wagner (University of St. Thomas)

Task Complexity and Language Proficiency: Spanish Heritage Speakers’ Writing

On Demand

This presentation will discuss how changes in task complexity manipulated along reasoning demands and planning time of Robinson's (2007) Triadic Componential Framework impact the complexity, accuracy, and fluency of second-generation Spanish heritage speakers' writing. It will also explore if their performance differs according to their proficiency.
Presenter: Vivian Franco Diaz (University of Minnesota)

Building a Language Curriculum for Career Readiness and Success

On Demand

This presentation discusses how to integrate career readiness in an advanced-level Chinese curriculum to promote students' success as global professionals through a multidisciplinary approach and community engagement. Student projects, including job application materials, mini lectures, and oral history projects, will be shared with the audience.
Presenter: Yao Tu (University of Minnesota)

Teaching a Media Chinese Course at an American University

On Demand

This paper describes how to use internet resources and a course management system, Canvas, to offer a Media Chinese course for advanced students in American colleges. It discusses the goal of the course, principles of material selection, course contents, instructional approaches, requirements for students, and assessment of student achievements.
Presenter: Zhen Zou (University of Minnesota) 

Creating a Pathway to Teaching and Learning via Standards

On Demand

Community-based heritage language programs often struggle to develop learners' proficiency and confidence in using the language beyond their home. Learn how teachers of Tamil collaborated to develop national standards to guide programs to be more effective. Be inspired to address challenges facing community-based/heritage language programs.
Presenters: Jaya Vijayasekar (Eastern CT State University) and Anuradha Gopalakrishnan (University of Minnesota)


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