Introduction to Dual Language Immersion–NEW!

June 26–30, 2023
Synchronous* 1-week online summer institute

Stephanie Owen and Amy Young

This institute has been designed for future or new educators and administrators in K-12 Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs, including one-way, two-way, indigenous, and developmental bilingual schools.  Presenters and guest speakers will share the three foundations of DLI instruction: 1) Bilingualism/Biliteracy; 2) Academic Achievement in two languages; and 3) Intercultural competence PLUS critical consciousness (Three Pillars PLUS).  Participants will review aspects and instructional strategies of well-implemented programs, including for 3rd language learners, English home language students (EHL) and English Learners (ELs). Working together, the group will explore unit/lesson plans and observational protocols that include instructional practices that integrate language and academic content, including the CAPA sequence (Tedick & Lyster; 2020) and the Bridge/Biliteracy Unit Framework (Beeman & Urow, 2012). The week will culminate with a toolbox presentation and will include Q & A sessions with practicing DLI educators and administrators.

After this institute, you will be able to:

  • Identify the three foundational pillars of Dual Language Immersion; 

  • Describe how intercultural competence and critical consciousness are interrelated; 

  • Recognize qualities and practices of a well implemented DLI program, including instructional strategies;

  • Plan for language allocation with an eye to biliteracy development; and

  • Conceptualize the design of a language friendly instructional sequence.

Program Schedule (9am-4pm)
Day 1 Background and Overview of Dual Language Immersion Programs
  • Who Are Your Students?
  • Bilingual Identities and Emerging Bilingual Learners
  • The Three Pillars of DLI PLUS Critical Consciousness
  • Research on “Well-Implemented Programs” and “High Leverage Practices”
Day 2 Oracy to Literacy at the Unit Level
  • Three Pillars Plus Overview
  • Multi-Modal and Research-Based Unit Planning
  • Teaching and Learning Cycles
  • Simplified Biliteracy Units
Day 3 Oracy to Literacy at the Lesson Level
  • Language-Focused (Four Domains) Lesson Planning
  • Gradual Release Differentiated by Level
  • Curriculum Alignment
  • Continuation Programs
Day 4 Bilingualism and Biliteracy, Bridging and Beyond
  • Differentiation and Student Bilingual Identities
  • Bridging and Contrastive Analysis
  • Translanguaging
  • Ten Power Strategies and Model Lessons
Day 5 Bringing It All Together
  • Collaboration and Co-Teaching
  • Presentations & Closure


Amy Young is an Education Specialist for School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Dr. Young also teaches workshops and courses related to dual language immersion, creativity, collaborative dialogue, peer interaction, and integrating language and content. Previously she has worked as a Minnesota building principal, Director of Teaching and Learning, District EL Coordinator, and ESL/Immersion/Spanish teacher.

Stephanie Owen is the Coordinator of the M.Ed. K-6 licensure program with focus on Dual Language Immersion in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Stephanie is also an instructor of courses such as language-focused instruction and teaching for biliteracy and has presented on these topics at national and international conferences.  She taught K-12 Spanish and English for over twenty years in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Spain and Nicaragua.

Target Audience
This institute is designed for new K-12 DLI educators of all languages.


  • This 1-week synchronous online institute will run from 9 am–4 pm (Central Time). The schedule includes many synchronous (real-time) presentations, group/partner work, and activities throughout the day. It also includes some off-screen time for independent work and a break for lunch each day.
  • You must be available to participate for the entire day Monday–Friday as all activities build on each other.
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.

Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship Program–NEW!

Logo - PriorityThe Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship program is designed to promote equity and access to affordable professional development for world language educators who are currently teaching at a Community College, Minority Serving Institution, or Historically Black College/University in the United States and/or are currently teaching a Less Commonly Taught Language in the United States. The program provides funding for selected teachers in these categories to attend a CARLA Summer Institute for no charge.

Learn more and apply by March 17, 2023 on the Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship website.

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