Presentations, Workshops, and Special Events

CARLA sponsors a series of presentations and workshops during the academic year and occasionally offers other special events, such as the CARLA Open House. These presentations are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Locations can be found on the University map website.

CARLA Presentation Series

Fall 2022

The CARLA Presentations Series in Fall 2022 will be held in person at the University International Center. The presentations will also be offered via Zoom for those who are not able to come to campus. See details in the schedule below.

 

Exploring Language Socialization and Language Identity of Migrant Nepali High School Students in the United States

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
12:20 p.m.–1:10 p.m. (Central Time)
In person: University International Center 101

Online: Register here for the Zoom link 

Nepali migrant students often experience language and identity shifts as they negotiate their sense of self within their new cultural and linguistic landscape in the United States. This presentation explores the results of a research study looking at ways in which how Nepali migrant students perceive their initial experiences of the English language at schools in their new country. It also showcases how these students explain their relationship with their heritage language and the shifts that they have experienced. The findings of this study highlight how such experiences shape how they perceive their identities.

Presenters
Mabindra Regmi is a PhD student of Second Language Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. He is interested in exploring the language socialization of the Nepali migrant community in the United States.
Blanca Caldas Chumbes is an Associate Professor in Second Language Education and Elementary Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of interest are bilingual education, minoritized language practices and pedagogies, critical pedagogy, critical discourse analysis, and critical (performance) ethnography.

This presentation is cosponsored by the Second Language Education program in the College of Education and Human Development.

 

CARLA WEBINAR:
Social Justice Planning Templates: A How-to Guide for Language Educators 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
12:00–12:45 p.m. (Central Time)
Online:
Register here for the Zoom link 

Discover how to use instructional planning templates created to support the integration of social justice themes into language classes. In this practical webinar, CARLA's Social Justice in Language Education initiative leaders share unit, lesson plan, and summative assessment templates along with their accompanying user’s guides, and discuss how to use and adapt them to fit the needs of language teachers and students alike.

Presenters
Lauren Goodspeed is a Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and Director of the French Language Program. She is a co-leader of the LRC initiative Social Justice in Language Education.
Kate Paesani is the Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and an Associate Professor in the Department of French and Italian. She is a co-leader of the LRC initiative Social Justice in Language Education. 

Note for those not able to attend: This presentation will be recorded and posted on the CARLA Social Justice website: carla.umn.edu/socialjustice/index.html

 


Past Presentations


Please note: We encourage you to submit ideas for topics and speakers; email Karin Larson at larso205@umn.edu.

Thank you for your support of this program!

Workshops For Teachers

Please note: Online workshop registration will be turned off at 4 p.m. on the Thursday before the Saturday of each workshop. Register early!

Watch for additional CARLA Saturday workshops offered to language educators during the winter/spring semester:

See: Registration and Refund Information

Note: All of CARLA's workshops will be offered online via Zoom in 2022–2023.

The workshops are cosponsored by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures and the World Languages Division of the Minnesota Department of Education.

Register soonCARLA Workshops for Teachers fill up quickly!



Evolving Calendar of Winter/Spring 2023 Workshops

Wellbeing for Language Teachers:
A Workshop on Learning to Thrive in the Profession

Saturday, February, 2023
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Online via Zoom

Why a workshop on language teacher wellbeing? When teachers are in a positive state, it is likely that they will be more creative, innovative, and mindful of their students’ needs. Moreover, research has confirmed that teacher wellbeing is closely associated with students’ achievements. Being a teacher can be a highly emotional and often stressful experience; additionally, there can be specific stressors involved in teaching a second language. In this workshop language educators are invited to learn how to enhance their wellbeing in order to thrive in their teaching profession. 

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • recognize the importance of language teacher wellbeing ;
  • identify factors that influence language teacher wellbeing;
  • use a variety of  exercises designed to enhance wellbeing; and
  • plan a course of action to increase their wellbeing.

Presenters:
María Matilde Olivero holds a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the University of South Florida. She is a second language teacher educator and researcher at Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina. Her main research interests include affective factors, language teacher wellbeing, positive psychology, and peacebuilding approaches in language education.

Tammy Gregersen is a Professor of TESOL at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Tammy has published extensively on individual differences, teacher education, nonverbal communication in language classrooms, positive psychology, and language teacher wellbeing.

Target Audience: This workshop is designed for language educators at K-12 through postsecondary levels. The workshop is also a great fit for language teacher educators.




CARLA Workshop Registration and Refund Information

Registration Details: Registration closes at noon (Central Time) on the Thursday prior to the workshop–or as soon as the workshop fills. Space is limited–register early!

Confirmation and Zoom Link:

  • Registrants will be sent a system-generated confirmation receipt immediately upon registering. Check your SPAM folder if you don't see it right away.
  • The Zoom link will be sent by the CARLA office by the Thursday prior to the workshop. If you have not received the email with the link from CARLA by Thursday, please check your SPAM folder.
  • Questions? Email carla@umn.edu by noon (Central Time) on the Friday before the workshop.

Refund Policy: The CARLA workshop registration fee is non-refundable. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to cancel the workshop if necessary and will grant a full refund if the workshop is not held.

Note: Registered participants who are not able to attend may transfer their registration to a colleague, provided that they email the CARLA office two days prior to the event: carla@umn.edu.


Please note: If you have ideas for topics and speakers, contact Karin Larson at larso205@umn.edu.

Special Events

There are no special events scheduled at this time.

We invite you to check out some of our past events!


CARLA Fall Kick-Off and Celebration, 2022

This presentation was for a special fall kick-off for the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) to help us celebrate our recent Language Resource Center (LRC) grant award. Learn about the seven new LRC initiatives and how they fit into CARLA’s current and past work of improving language teaching and learning. Attendees also learned how to get involved with the Center through the CARLA Fellows Program, workshops and presentations, CARLA/LC Summer Institute scholarship program, and more.

Presenters
Lauren Goodspeed is a Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and Director of the French Language Program. She is a co-leader of the LRC initiative: Social Justice in Language Education.
Kendall King is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and is the co-leader of the LRC initiative: Equity & Access to State Seals of Biliteracy.
Kate Paesani is the Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and an Associate Professor in the Department of French and Italian.
Helena Ruf is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Language Instruction in the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch. She is a co-leader of the LRC initiative: Social Justice in Language Education.


CARLA Celebration Open House, 2018

Open House 2018 CARLA Director, Kate Paesani, speaks to the Open House attendees

CARLA sends a big "thank you" to all those who attended the CARLA Celebration Open House held on Thursday, November, 2018, at the University International Center. The event provided an opportunity to celebrate CARLA and spend time with colleagues from units all across campus.

Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs Meredith McQuaid and CARLA Director Kate Paesani gave a set of brief remarks acknowledging those who have given their time, talent, and financial resources to further CARLA's goal of improving language teaching and learning. Special thanks were given to the following units and individuals: Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost; Global Programs and Strategy Alliance; Office of the Vice President for Research; College of Education and Human Development; College of Liberal Arts CLA Language Center; Former CARLA Director, Elaine Tarone; CARLA Executive Committee members; CARLA Advisory Board members; and Carole and Jim Hynes. Kate also provided a brief outline of CARLA's current initiatives and plans for the future, which were described in greater detail on posters created for the event.


CARLA Presentation & Open House, 2017

Graphic link to CARLA Open House 2017 webpage

Learn more about the 2017 CARLA Presentation and Open House including a video of the keynote presentation by Claire Kramsch and information about research poster sessions held during the event.

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