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


CARLA Presentation Series • 2020–2021

The CARLA Presentation Series for the academic year 2020–2021 was a huge success! All of the presentations were offered online and were thus available to a much wider audience. Participants came from cities around the United States and 42 other countries. Presentations included the following:

  • Global Perspectives of Work and Careers: A Critical Approach to Career Readiness in Second Language Classrooms • Sara Mack
  • Widening the View: Using Swivl to Enhance Teacher Candidates’ Reflections • Dustin J. Hemsath & Karla Stone
  • Teaching Idea Roundtable • Celia Bravo Díaz, Vivian Hirlandy Franco Díaz, Chloe Mais Hagen, Sally Kessler, Hai Liu, James Ramsburg & Katrien Vanpee
  • Praxis and Ideology: Analyzing Teacher Learning in a Translanguaging Professional Development • Amanda Swearingen and Samuel David
  • Webinar: Second Language Research & Practice: Publishing in an Open-Access Journal on Postsecondary Language Education • Johanna Watzinger-Tharp & Kate Paesani
  • Expanding Arabic Colloquial Instruction through Online Course Design • Katrien Vanpee
  • The Long-Term Impact of the CARLA Summer Institute Course on Styles and Strategies-Based Instruction • Andrew D. Cohen, Leif Anderson, Namitha Binu, & Sai Tallapragada
  • The Acquisition of the Voicing Contrast in L2 Spanish by L1 Chinese Speakers: A Cross-sectional Study • Celia Bravo Díaz
  • Ojibwe Language and Collaboration on Forest Walks: Considerations for Indigenous Language and Knowledge Development • James McKenzie & Mary "Fong" Hermes
  • Invited CARLA Presentation: A Journey of Organizational Transformation through Radical Listening • Abelardo Almazán-Vásquez, Jenna Cushing-Leubner, Megan Budke, & Pang Yang
  • CARLA Fellow Presentation: The Impact of Task Complexity and Language Proficiency on the Written Production of Second-Generation Spanish Heritage Speakers • Vivian H. Franco Díaz
  • Language Use Patterns in a Spanish Immersion Algebra Class: Opportunities, Uptake, and Individual Learner Variables • Lauren Truman
  • Translanguaging Pedagogies in Elementary Classrooms: Widening Possibilities with Long-Term Teacher-Researcher Collaboration • Leah Shepard-Carey
  • CARLA Fellow Presentation: Searching for Social Justice: Engaging Critical Consciousness & Dialogic Pedagogy through Critical Participatory Action Research • Amanda Swearingen
  • (Re)designing Materials for Content/Language Integration: Teachers Conceptualizations and Enactments in Secondary Dual Language and Immersion • Cory Mathieu
Recordings of these CARLA Presentations are posted on the CARLA website and can be found on CARLA's YouTube Channel.  

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!

CARLA thanks all the workshop leaders who shared their time and talents with CARLA’s network of language educators during the academic year 2020–2021:

  • Improv for Engagement and Language Acquisition in an Online World • Brian Hodge-Rice
  • Teaching Writing Through Reading to Promote Learner Success • Lauren Goodspeed
  • TTLO Live! Building on Online Teaching Experience (Workshop Series)
    • Moving from Good to GREAT: Tips to Improve Online Teaching and Course Design • Marlene Johnshoy
    • Teacher Online Presence Strategies (TOPS) • Marlene Johnshoy
    • All Are Welcome in Language Class: Universal Design Learning from Principles to Practice • Ritu Jayakar
    • Assessment and Feedback in the Virtual Classroom • Frances Matos
    • You Don't Always Have to Pay for What You Get: Easy Tools to Engage Students • Leslie Plyler
  • Considering Issues of Equity in Secondary Dual Language and Immersion Education • Cory Mathieu
  • Now What? Considering Career Readiness in Second and Foreign Languages in Times of Crisis • Sara Mack

Please note: The Fall 2021 workshop options will be posted at the end of the summer. If you have ideas for topics and sspeakers, 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 Celebration Open House

Thursday, November 8, 2018
3:30–5:00 p.m.
University International Center 101

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.

From CARLA's special event in 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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