Upcoming Conferences

While there are currently no CARLA-sponsored conferences coming up in the near future, CARLA colleagues will offer the following conference sessions that feature the work carried out at CARLA:


SOLPHE symposium logoSymposium on Language Pedagogy in Higher Education (SOLPHE) 2022

October 7–8, 2022

Teaching for Social Justice: Understanding the Impact of Professional Development on Language Coordinators

Saturday, October 8, 2022
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. (Central Time)

This presentation summarizes the professional development tools, resources, and experiences around social justice and critical pedagogies that language program coordinators find most impactful and most needed for their continued learning. Implications for language program coordinators seeking to integrate social justice into their curriculum will be discussed.

PresentersHelena Ruf, Lauren Goodspeed, Mandy Menke, and Kate Paesani, University of Minnesota. 

Note: This presentation reports on the work of CARLA’s Social Justice in Language Education initiative.

Learn more and register for this FREE conference at the SOLPHE 2022 website.


Expanding Our Voices and Narratives - MCTLC Fall Conference, Nov 4-5, 2022Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC) Conference 2022

November 4–5, 2022
Plymouth, MN

Interweaving Culture into the Language Classroom: Planning, Delivering, Assessing

Friday, November 4, 2022
8:00 - 11:30 a.m. (Central Time)

Impactful learning occurs when culture is intentionally and thoughtfully interwoven into language teaching through a complete process, from lesson planning to delivering and assessing. In this interactive workshop, a variety of activities will be modeled, and the presenter will engage the participants to experience this process with specific supports (guidelines, examples, templates) to see what a culture-as-center language class looks like.

PresenterKaishan Kong, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 

Note: This workshop stems from the CARLA Summer Institute titled “Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom."

Learn more and register for this conference at the MCTLC Conference website.


ACTFL 2022, Boston, November 18-20ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo 2022

November 18–20, 2022
Boston, MA

Teaching for Social Justice: Templates to Support Instructional Planning

Saturday, November 19, 2022
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. (Eastern Time)

Presenters introduce three innovative tools–unit, lesson, and assessment templates–that integrate critical pedagogies, prioritize proficiency development, and support language teaching for social justice. Attendees analyze social justice teaching materials made from the templates and reflect on how the templates can be adapted to fit their needs.

Presenters: Kate Paesani, Lauren Goodspeed, and Mandy Menke, University of Minnesota.


Teachers’ Conceptualizations of Social Justice in Language Education

Saturday, November 19, 2022
11:15 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

How do teachers understand social justice in language education? This presentation provides insights into four teachers' conceptualizations of the role of social justice in the language classroom and its underlying critical pedagogies, and pinpoints implications for teacher professional development and the creation of teaching materials.

Presenters: Lauren Goodspeed, Kate Paesani, and Mandy Menke, University of Minnesota.

Learn more and register for this conference at the ACTFL Convention 2022 website.



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