Introduction to Dual Language Immersion

June 24–28, 2024
Synchronous* 1-week online summer institute

Images of instructors Owen and Young
Stephanie Owen and Amy Young

This institute is designed for future or new educators, instructional coaches 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 explore 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 of well-implemented programs, including the ten power strategies of DLI.

Collaboratively, the group will review 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 include Q & A sessions with practicing DLI educators and administrators, culminating with an interactive personalized “best practices” showcase.

After this institute, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the three foundational pillars of Dual Language Immersion; 

  • Integrate an understanding of bilingual identity development into their own practice; 

  • Recognize qualities and instructional strategies of a well-implemented DLI program; and

  • Use strategies for biliteracy development.

Program Schedule (9am-4pm)
Day 1 Background and Overview of Dual Language Immersion Programs
  • Bilingual Identities and Emerging Bilingual Learners
  • The Three Pillars of DLI PLUS Critical Consciousness
  • Program Models and Goals
  • Research and Well-Implemented Programs
Day 2 Oracy to Literacy at the Unit Level
  • Multimodal Planning
  • GLAD Strategies
  • Step-by-Step Concept Attainment and Total Physical Response
  • Total Physical Response
Day 3 Oracy to Literacy at the Lesson Level
  • CAPA Instructional Sequence
  • Integrated Language Objectives
  • Secondary Continuation Programs
  • Science of Reading and DLI
Day 4 Bilingualism and Biliteracy
  • Biliteracy DevelopmentĀ 
  • Cross Linguistic Connections and Translanguaging
  • The Bridge and Bridging
  • Asi Se Dice, Dual Diario, Dictado
Day 5 Bringing It All Together
  • Culture, Language, Content Integration
  • Corrective Feedback
  • Celebrations with Call and Response
  • Showcase Presentations & Closure


Amy Young is the COMPASS Multilingual Learners Education Specialist for 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/DLI/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 an instructor of courses including language-focused instruction, teaching for biliteracy and has presented on these topics at national and international conferences. She taught K-12 Spanish and English for twenty-five years in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Spain, and Nicaragua.

Target Audience
This institute is designed for new K-12 DLI educators of all languages and levels, curriculum coaches, and administrators.


  • 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

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/Universityin 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 on the Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship website.

Quote MarksRight quote marksThis summer institute gave me the tools and knowledge I need to be an effective DLI teacher. We learned about instructional methods, the "why" of these methods, and how to apply them to our own classrooms. I cannot recommend this institute enough!
—Corinne Roe, 2023 Institute Participant
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