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Expanding Our Horizons

Seventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education

May 19-21, 2011
Radisson University Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Decoration - little colored boxesDesigned 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 (click for a description):

Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education
A central issue in language teacher education is the question of what constitutes the knowledge base of language teaching and how it relates to the processes and content of teacher education. This theme will include research and perspectives on: teachers’ knowledge and beliefs; teacher learning in formal and informal contexts; teachers’ ways of knowing; teacher socialization; professional development; and the nature of disciplinary knowledge.
Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language Teacher Education
Language Teacher Education takes place in multiple contexts and with diverse populations, where language, culture and identity are intricately bound together. These contexts are often impacted by actions taken by formal and informal decision-making bodies, which may or may not involve the participation of teacher educators. This theme will include critical and analytical perspectives on: institutions, communities, and discourses within which teacher education practices are situated; language education policy and planning; power, status, and authority in language teacher education; diversity and equity in language teacher education, including issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and language; the socially situated nature of language and learning; and issues related to policy, such as standards, legislative mandates, recruitment and retention, and advocacy by language teacher organizations.
Collaborations in Language Teacher Education
A key element in teacher development is effective collaboration between those individuals and institutions preparing teachers and their professional counterparts currently engaged in language teaching and learning. This theme will examine: ways in which teacher education recognizes the shared development of professionals; models or structures of collaboration that stress ongoing teacher development including mentoring and professional development schools; examples of and/or research on collaboration in which teacher development and research inform each other; and research, projects, or practices that recognize teacher expertise and the teacher voice as pivotal in addressing issues of language teaching and learning.
Practices of Language Teacher Education
The practices of language teacher education refer to the ways in which the knowledge base is conceptualized and operationalized in teacher preparation and professional development. This theme will examine: program design; curriculum models; pedagogy; teacher assessment; organization of instruction; field experiences; observation/supervision; self-study of practice; and action research.


Selected papers from this conference were published through the CARLA Working Papers Series.
Soneson, D., & Tarone, E., with Chamot, A., Mahajan, A., & Malone, M. (Eds.) (2012). Expanding our horizons: Language teacher education in the 21st century. Minneapolis: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition.

Conference Information

Plenary Speakers

Educating the Future Foreign Language Professoriate in 2011 and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Heather Willis Allen
    Assistant Professor, University of Miami
  • Beatrice Dupuy
    Associate Professor, University of Arizona
When Language Teacher Educators, Language Policy Makers, and Politicians Meet: Lessons from the South
  • Adriana González Moncada
    Associate Professor, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
Identity and Agency in Language Teacher Education: Issues and Practices
  • Brian Morgan
    Associate Professor, York University, Canada
The Yin and Yang of Immersion Teacher Development
  • Diane J. Tedick
    Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Tara Williams Fortune
    Immersion Projects Coordinator, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition

Conference Planning Committee:
Dan Soneson, Co-chair (University of Minnesota)
Elaine Tarone, Co-chair (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition)
Mike Anderson (University of Minnesota), Martha Bigelow (University of Minnesota), Anna Uhl Chamot (National Capital Language Resource Center), Eileen Glisan (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Bill Johnston (Indiana University), Margaret Malone (Center for Applied Linguistics), Charlotte Melin (University of Minnesota), Marcia Rosenbusch (Iowa State University), Bonnie Swierzbin (Hamline University), Linda Waugh (Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy)

Conference Sponsors:
The conference is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota with partial funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Center program. The conference is organized in partnership with the National Capital Language Resource Center, a sister Language Resource Center located in Washington D.C.

CARLA gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following University of Minnesota units that support the work of CARLA: College of Education and Human Development; College of Liberal Arts; Confucius Institute; Department of Asian Languages and Literatures; Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch; Department of French and Italian; Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies; European Studies Consortium; Institute for Global Studies; Second Languages and Cultures Education Program; Office of Global Programs and Strategy Alliance; and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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