Secondary Dual Language and Immersion:
Achieving the Promise of Continuation Programs


June 21–25, 2021
Synchronous* 1-week summer institute

Cory Mathieu

As dual language and immersion (DLI) programs transition into secondary schools, teachers and administrators are often faced with unique challenges that are less frequently addressed in general DLI literature, research, and professional development programs. During this five-day institute specifically designed for the secondary (middle and high school) dual language and immersion context, participants will explore the what, how, and why of secondary continuation programs. In particular, we will consider program structure, curriculum and assessment perspectives, and instructional practices that are necessary to ensure that DLI students continue toward high levels of bilingualism and biliteracy with solid academic language proficiency in the partner language and English. Throughout this institute, participants will engage in constructive conversation, connect research to personal experiences, and apply new ideas directly to their teaching context.

After this institute, you will be able to:

  • Identify logistical criteria for successful secondary DLI programs;

  • Understand content and language integration in the secondary classroom;

  • Recognize opportunities and identify strategies for collaborating across the curriculum with other DLI and English-medium teachers in your program; and

  • Develop an instructional sequence for incorporating a language focus into a content-based unit.
Program Schedule (9am–4pm)
Monday Secondary DLI programs
  • Considering Goals of Secondary Continuation Programs
  • Exploring Program Structures and Logistics
Tuesday Curriculum: Content and Language
  • Foundations of Secondary DLI Curriculum
  • Content and Language Integration
  • Collaborating Across the Curriculum
Wednesday Target Language Proficiency
  • Building Academic Language and Addressing Persistent Errors
  • Improving Accuracy with the CAPA Model
  • Redesigning Materials for Content and Language Integration
Thursday Assessment
  • Assessing for Content and Language in the Classroom
  • Program-Level Assessment
  • Advocating for Successful Programs
  • Sharing of Final Products
  • Reflection and Looking Ahead


Cory Mathieu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Second Language Education Program at the University of Minnesota where she has taught in the University's Dual Language and Immersion certificate program. She developed and taught a secondary immersion workshop series for CARLA in 2019–2020 and created a three-day version of this summer institute in 2020. Her dissertation research focuses on the development and use of DLI-specific materials for secondary Spanish immersion classrooms. As a former high school Spanish teacher, Cory personally understands the constraints and possibilities of secondary language education.

Target Audience
This institute is designed for dual language and immersion teachers, program coordinators, and administrators at the secondary (middle school and high school) level. The institute is not intended for elementary or postsecondary instructors.


  • This synchronous online institute will run from 9 am-4 pm (Central Time). The schedule includes many synchronous presentations throughout the day as well as time for independent or partner/group work and a break for lunch.
  • You must be available to participate for the entire day Monday—Friday.
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.
  • While this institute will be offered online in 2021, we intend to offer it face-to-face in the future. If you can only take it online, you are encouraged to enroll this summer.
Quote MarksRight quote marksI learned so much in this course. It was grounded in research and current practices. Additionally, the networking and ear of a language acquisition researcher is worth the cost alone!
Eve Hessler, 2020 Participant


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