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

Some of the CARLA Presentations Series will be held in person at the University International Center. Others will be offered via Zoom. See details in the schedule below.

Fall 2022

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
12:00–12:45 p.m. (Central Time)
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.

Mandy Menke is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Minnesota. 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:

Winter/Spring 2023 

The Winter/Spring schedule is currently under development. Please check back in early January to see the full line-up of CARLA Presentations.

Program Evaluations: What They Are and What They Aren’t

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
12:00–12:45 p.m. (Central Time)
Zoom link registration coming soon

Evaluation is critical to understanding the outcomes of language programs. In conducting evaluation, it is important to take a comprehensive approach that considers the needs of learners and teachers, the requirements and capacities of administrators, parents and other stakeholders, the values of the discipline and the contributions of the program to society, locally, nationally and internationally. However, many instructors mistake evaluations as opportunities to eliminate programs or evaluate the performances of individual instructors. Join us as we provide an overview of why program evaluations are crucial to the longevity and success of language programs, and combat myths of what the are NOT.

This webinar is part of the joint CARLA-ACTFL initiative on Practical Program Evaluation. The presenters will serve as instructors for the CARLA Summer Institute Practical Program Evaluation for Instructors of Less Commonly Taught Languages.

Margaret Malone is Director of Assessment and Research at ACTFL, and co-leader of Practical Program Evaluation. She is the former Director of the AELRC and has over 30 years of experience in language education. Dr. Malone is well-versed in program evaluation, survey research, materials development, language test development, and professional development delivered through online and face-to-face platforms.
Celia Chomón Zamora is Director for Professional Learning and Certification at ACTFL and co-leader of Practical Program Evaluation. Dr. Zamora has over 15 years of experience as a K-12 language teacher and administrator, an instructor and administrator of postsecondary language courses, and a researcher of heritage language instruction.


Teaching Roundtable: Ideas from the CARLA Summer Institutes

Thursday, February 2, 2023
12:00–1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
University International Center 101
A light lunch will be provided.

This roundtable will feature seven University of Minnesota language instructors who will showcase a wide range of practical teaching ideas that they gleaned from taking a CARLA Summer Institute.

Each presenter will give an informal, three-minute presentation about something that inspired them during the institute that they hope to incorporate into their language classroom. After this brief introduction to all of the teaching ideas, attendees will exchange further ideas with presenters individually or in small groups. 

Roundtable Presenters

Stephanie Anderson, Senior Teaching Specialist of Spanish and Portuguese in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies 
Summer Institute Attended: Implementing Reflective Practices and Portfolios in the Language Classroom

Collin S. Diver, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies 
Summer Institute Attended: Critical Approaches to Heritage Language Education

Rachel Dodson, Graduate Instructor of German and PhD student in the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch
Summer Institute Attended: Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning

Chloe Mais Hagen, Adjunct French Instructor, St. Olaf College
Summer Institute Attended: Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice

Sally Kessler, Graduate Instructor of French and PhD student in the Department of French and Italian
Summer Institute Attended: Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice

Kyle Korynta, Lecturer of Norwegian in the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch
Summer Institute Attended: Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning

Leiry Warren, Graduate Instructor of Spanish and PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies 
Summer Institute Attended: Teaching Linguistic Politeness and Intercultural Awareness

The Roundtable presenters were recipients of a scholarship offered through a special partnership between the University of Minnesota's Language Center and CARLA to support professional development for University of Minnesota language instructors to attend the CARLA Summer Institute program.


“Russian is Not My Ex, We are Just Estranged”: A Language Learning Journey as a Love Affair 

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
12:00–1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Zoom link registration coming soon

The idea of language learning as identity construction, a process engaging one's mind, body, and emotions, has been consistently theorized and explored by researchers since the early 2000s (e.g., Block 2007; Kramsch 2009; Pavlenko 2005), and empirical studies focusing on the emotional aspect of language learning are increasing in number. This talk will present the results of a longitudinal (2015–2020) case study of one Russian language learner's journey. During the study, Alyosha, the main participant, graduated from a university with a major in Russian, went to law school, and eventually became a history teacher. The data include multiple interviews, social media feeds, journal entries, notes, class assignments, poetry, and photos that together document language learning in a university classroom, a study abroad trip, and postgraduate studies, and capture the pivotal moments of the process. Using a narrative approach and following the participant’s view of his Russian learning, I will tell a story of a love affair, from the moment of falling in love with learning Russian to the eventual separation, when the participant had to discontinue his studies due to personal reasons, and discuss the impact that it had, and continues to have, on his life.

Irina Zaykovskaya is a Lecturer at the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota where she teaches Russian and World Englishes. Her areas of expertise are second language learning and language ideologies, and she studies how beliefs and attitudes affect one’s language learning journey.

Past Presentations

Please note: We encourage you to submit ideas for topics and speakers; email Karin Larson at

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 11, 2023
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Online via Zoom
Cost: $30
Register now with a credit card

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.

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 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:

Please note: If you have ideas for topics and speakers, contact Karin Larson at

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.

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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