LRC Activities 2006-2010

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota, a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Language Resource Center since 1993, will add to its resources for language teachers at all levels of instruction. With continued LRC funding and substantial institutional support, CARLA will actively collaborate with programs within the University and across the country to work on the following projects:

Less Commonly Taught Languages Project
To better assess and serve the nation’s strategic needs for expertise in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs), project staff expanded CARLA’s frequently-accessed database on where LCTLs are taught; developed an online LCTL teacher support center with links to teaching resources; added new LCTL listservs; and offered its popular yearly summer institute for LCTL teachers.

Web-Based Strategy Instruction for Spanish
To respond to needs identified by a literature review on grammar learning in Spanish, CARLA constructed and field tested a strategy instruction website fostering students’ development of grammar skills in Spanish.

Language Immersion Project
To deepen its support for language immersion educators, CARLA expanded the American Council on Immersion Education (ACIE) membership, published its tri-yearly newsletter and maintained its listserv; offered two levels of intensive summer institutes for immersion teachers annually; and expanded the immersion website.

Language Assessment Project
To expand professional development in classroom-based language assessment, CARLA offered training on developing integrated performance assessment (IPA) units, specifically targeting K-12 LCTL teachers; created a web-based version of the existing Contextualized Speaking Assessment (CoSA); and offered annual summer institutes on assessment.

Language Teacher Targeted Technology Training (LT4)
To support K-12 language teachers’ need for new technologies, LT4 staff coordinatde national and state language and technology organizations to deliver technology training workshops; develoedp a technology presenter database; enhancde and expanded online instructional modules for K-12 language teachers on uses of technology; and offered its annual summer institute on uses of technology.

Language Teacher Education Conference
To meet the needs of language teacher educators, CARLA continued to sponsor the biennial Language Teacher Education Conference. CARLA offered the conference in May 2007 at the University of Minnesota and assisted the National Capital Language Resource Center in hosting the conference in spring 2009 in Washington D.C.

CARLA will continue to improve language teaching and learning through its extensive website, popular summer institute program, publications in national journals and in the CARLA working paper series, and presentations at professional conference venues around the country.


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