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Invited Symposium: Bilingualism, Biliteracy, Biculturalism: Recent Research on the Goals of Two-Way Immersion
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: Great River Ballroom II & III 
Donna Christian, Center for Applied Linguistics
Ester de Jong, University of Florida
Kathy Escamilla, University of Colorado 
Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, San Jose State University

This symposium features three reports, the first focused on students in grades 1-3, the second on intermediate level students (grades 3-7) and the third on secondary students (grades 6-12), on recent investigations of the generally-accepted goals of two-way immersion education: bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism for all students.

Session Handouts (in PDF): Lindholm-Leary PowerPoint    Escamilla PowerPoint    de Jong PowerPoint       

Paper Session: Building an Indigenous Immersion Curriculum
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: Kellogg II 
Lisa La Ronge, Waadookodaading
Bonnie Beaudin, Waadookodaading
Keller Paap, Waadookodaading

Ojibwe language immersion curriculum development for preschool - grade 3 incorporates mainstream and indigenous knowledge to reflect Ojibwe culture, values, beliefs, and practices and is created by fluent speakers, elders, highly-motivated second language learners and teachers.

Paper Session: Collective Visioning: The Development of an Indigenous Immersion Education Model in British Columbia
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: Great River Ballroom I 
Kathryn Michel, Chief Atahm School

Chief Atahm School is a small community-based Secwepemc immersion school that has been in operation for nearly two decades. Through the support of the fluent elders in the community the school has developed an education model that is connected to the culture's foundational values and epistemology. See how this parent-operated school has developed an inclusive and sustaining educational framework that supports the educational and language goals of the community.

Session Handouts (in PDF): Collective Vision PowerPoint               

Paper Session: Creativity Path: Using Your Creativity to Create Classroom Materials
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: Kellogg I 
Florence Thunissen, Daspit Elementary, New Iberia

"You don't learn creativity, you practice it." This presentation will guide participants in activities that stimulate their creativity and will show them how to use it to develop materials for use in their classroom as well as how to model it for their students. Accessible to even the most technology-challenged teacher!

Paper Session: Enriching the Parent-Child Relationship through Literacy
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: State III 
Elise Chang, Lindley Elementary
Flora Barron, Lindley Elementary

We will share the lessons we learned and the best practices we developed while implementing a Spanish immersion grant “Enriching the parent/child relationship through literacy." This grant allowed us to reach out beyond our elementary classroom with its diverse literacy needs and involve the most important stakeholders in our student’s education: their parents.

Session Handouts (in PDF): Acquired Resources Handout    Best Practices Handout    Lessons Learned Handout    PowerPoint   

Discussion Session: Fanning the Flame: Self-advocacy for Immersion Teachers
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: Windows on the River 
Amy Egenberger, Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School
Cindy LaVan, Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School

As an immersion teacher, how do you keep your spirit nourished and alive? We will explore how to nourish balance, energy and healthy perspectives that are spirit-nurturing rather than energy-zapping. Participants will leave with insights and strategies to refresh and refuel their own practice of self-sustaining choices.

Symposium: Immersion Teacher Education Features and Challenges: Four Western Canadian Perspectives
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: Governors IV 
Lace Marie Brogden, University of Regina
Gestny Ewart, Collège Universitaire de Saint-Boniface
Lucille Mandin, University of Alberta
Sylvie Roy, University of Calgary

This symposium presents program attributes and challenges of immersion teacher preparation in four Western Canadian universities. Inviting participants to discuss challenges and possibilities, we look to generate thoughtful and thought-provoking conversation about sociopolitical contexts of both teacher preparation programs and K-12 immersion classrooms where preservice candidates will ultimately teach.

Paper Session: Japanese Language Proficiency of Former Immersion Students in High School
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: Kellogg III 
Kiyomi Chinen, California State University, Long Beach
Masako Douglas, California State University, Long Beach
Hiroko Kataoka, California State Univ., Long Beach

Based on the results obtained from a variety of tests, our study identifies both strengths and weaknesses in Japanese proficiency found among a group of high school students who graduated from a Japanese immersion program in the U.S. Our presentation will also explore the pedagogical implications of these test results.

Paper Session: Late Immersion: Contrasting Content-trained Teachers’ and Language-trained Teachers’ Pedagogies 
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: Great River Ballroom IV 
Stella Kong, Hong Kong Institute of Education

This paper reports a study comparing the immersion pedagogy used by content-trained late English immersion teachers in Hong Kong and language-trained late English immersion teachers in Xi’an, China. The study investigates the classroom discourse of these teachers for evidence of support for their students’ content and target language learning.

Session Handouts (in PDF): PowerPoint               

Paper Session: Punana Leo: Hawaiian Medium Early Childhood Education, Teaching More Than Just the Language
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: Governors III 
B. Noelani Iokepa-Guerrero, Punana Leo

Established in 1983, the Punana Leo is the only total Hawaiian language immersion preschool program in the world. The objective of this session is to educate participants on the Punana Leo and the components that make it a successful program of language revitalization and culture perpetuation.

Paper Session: Putting the Pieces Together: Immersion Content Lesson Design
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: Capitol 
Mike Yamakawa, El Marino Language School

This session discusses key principles for designing a successful immersion content lesson that promotes students’ speaking, reading, and writing skills in the target language. Content standards, oral language, instructional activities, vocabulary development, culminating activities… how can all these lesson components be put together? Come and find out!

Discussion Session: Starting and Growing an Immersion School: Practitioner Perspectives Complement Relevant Research
Saturday, October 18, 1:45 pm, Room: Governors II 
Kimerly Miller, American Council on Immersion Education/CARLA

Veteran immersion administrators in the Twin Cities have identified a set of challenges that immersion schools typically face as they open and grow. We will discuss some of their recommendations and discover what relevant research is available that can help programs as they progress through various stages of growth.

Session Handouts (in PDF): Handout       

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