CARLA Summer Institutes

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota has provided high-quality professional development for language teachers for over two decades. Launched in 1996, this internationally known program reflects CARLA's commitment to link research and theory with practical applications for the classroom. Each institute is highly interactive and includes discussion, hands-on activities, and networking.

Check out the line-up for
CARLA's 2021 Summer Institute Program

Registration is
now open!


Who Participates in the CARLA Summer Institutes?

CARLA summer institute participants—more than 6,700 to date—have come from every state and countries all over the world. They have included foreign/world language, ESL/EFL, heritage language and immersion educators at all levels of instruction, as well as program administrators, curriculum specialists, and language teacher educators.

A Memorable Year: CARLA 2020 • 25th Annual Summer Institute Program

CARLA 25th Anniversary logoCARLA’s annual Summer Institute Program had its best year ever in 2020! CARLA offered 14 institutes and had over 400 participants–more than in any year since the program was launched in 1996.

When the pandemic hit and it became clear that there would be no in-person programming, all of CARLA’s institute instructors agreed to make the shift to online delivery. Much to our surprise (and delight), the program had a surge in registration in late spring. Demand was so great for Transitioning to Teaching Language Online and Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning that additional sections were added and nearly all of the institutes filled to capacity. What a wonderful way to celebrate CARLA’s 25th anniversary!

By the Numbers

Check out these impressive statistics:

  • 403 participants engaged in the fully online program.
  • Participants hailed from 39 states, Puerto Rico, and DC: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, and WI.
  • 7 countries were represented at the institutes this year: Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.
  • The summer programs served teachers of 26 languages: Arabic, ASL, Chinese, EFL/ESL, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hmong, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lakota, Latin, Navajo, Persian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Yoruba.

Fun Fact: Over the past 25 years, CARLA has offered 258 summer institutes to a total of 6,718 teachers from all 50 states and 71 countries/US territories.

It is clear from reading the institute evaluations that these professional development opportunities make a significant difference for language teachers and their students. Comments by participants show that CARLA is seen as the “go to” center for resources and support for language instruction, and they greatly appreciate that our instructors are some of the best in the field.

Check out a few of the photos and "quotable quotes" from past summer institute program participants:

Check out more photos from the summer institutes in the CARLA Photo Archives

See a list of all the summer institutes CARLA has offered since the program began in 1996.

The institutes have been developed and are supported, in part, by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Language Resource Center program. The summer institutes are co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and College of Liberal Arts.


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