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Immersion 2012: Bridging Contexts for a Multilingual World

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Saturday, October 20, 2012
Invited Symposium

Saturday, 10:00 am
Capitol Ballroom
Emerging Issues in Two-Way Immersion Research 
Ester de Jong, University of Florida
Erika Feinauer, Brigham Young University
Ana Hernandez, CA State University San Marcos
Sharon Merritt, Santa Clara University
P. Zitlali Morales, University of Illinois at Chicago
Rebecca Starr, Carnegie Mellon University

This research symposium highlights current research on emerging issues in two-way immersion programs. The research took place in elementary and secondary settings and includes teacher and student perspectives. Specifically, the presenters will present an overview of current research in the areas of instructional practices, bilingual development, and identity construction, and will consider implications for future research, policy, and practice.

Invited Symposium

Saturday, 10:00 am
Governors I
Unpacking a "Third Way" for Immersion Teacher Education and Development
Diane Tedick, University of Minnesota
Tara Fortune, University of Minnesota
Siv Björklund, University of Vaasa
Laurent Cammarata, University of Alberta
Keiki Kawai'ae'a, University of Hawaii at Hilo
Cheryl Urow & Karen Beeman, Illinois Resource Center 

Nearly three decades ago, Obadia (1985) identified the need to develop a "third way" to prepare and provide professional development for immersion teachers. The purpose of this symposium is to "unpack" this third way by highlighting perspectives from scholars representing international and different program contexts (one-way, two-way, and indigenous immersion).

Urow & Beeman Handout and Presentation Slides

Invited Symposium

Saturday, 10:00 am
State I
Immersion at the Tertiary Level: Models, Challenges and Prospects
Alysse Weinberg, University of Ottawa
Liss Kerstin Sylven, University of Gothenburg
William H. (Pila) Wilson, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Wen Xiong, University of Rhode Island

While immersion teaching is not a well established practice at the university level, nevertheless, a few models have emerged in Canada, the United States, and Europe. This symposium will examine four different models with four different languages: The French Immersion Studies program at the University of Ottawa in Canada; the University of Rhode Island's Chinese Language Flagship Partner Program; the Hawaiian language program of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, and an overview of practices and research of "English as the medium of instruction" in higher education in Sweden and other European countries.

Kerstin Sylven Presentation Slides (PDF)


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