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Bridging Contexts, Making Connections

Fifth International Conference on Language Teacher Education

May 31–June 2, 2007
Radisson ­ University Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Designed for practitioners and researchers involved in the preparation and ongoing professional development of language teachers, this conference will address 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 and minority language education; and the teaching of less commonly taught languages.

The conference aims to bring together teacher educators from these many contexts to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and to initiate and sustain meaningful professional dialogue across languages, levels, and settings. The conference will focus on four broad themes:


Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education


Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language Teacher Education


Collaborations in Language Teacher Education


Practices of Language Teacher Education



Selected papers from this conference were published through the CARLA Working Papers Series.
Anderson, M., & Lazaraton, A. (2009). Bridging Contexts, Making Connections: Selected papers from the Fifth International Conference on International Language Teacher Education (CARLA Working Paper Series). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition.


Conference Information

Conference Planning Committee:
Mike Anderson, Chair (CLA, University of Minnesota)
Martha Bigelow (CEHD, University of Minnesota, Maggie Broner (St. Olaf College), Heidi Brynes (Georgetown University), Tara Fortune (CARLA, University of Minnesota), Kim Johnson (Hamline University), Catherine Keatley (National Capital Language Resource Center), Carol Klee (CLA and USC, University of Minnesota), Anne Lazaraton (CLA, University of Minnesota), Charlotte Melin (CLA, University of Minnesota), Constance Walker (CEHD, University of Minnesota)


Conference Sponsors:
This conference is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), with partial funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Language Resource Center Program. The conference is also supported by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), College of Liberal Arts (CLA), Graduate School, and European Studies Consortium (USC).

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) • 140 University International Center • 331 - 17th Ave SE • Minneapolis, MN 55414