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.

 

First Language Influence on Written Second Language Complexity

Thursday, October 13, 2022
1:15 p.m.–2:05 p.m. (Central Time)
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In person: University International Center 101

Online: Register here for the Zoom link

To use language like a native speaker requires the ability to connect and expand sentences with more sophisticated and complex syntactic structure (Housen, Kuiken & Vedder 2020). An emerging body of work has suggested that typological differences influence the development of L2 syntactic complexity (e.g., Kuiken & Vedder, 2019; Ströbel et al., 2020; Vercellotti, 2019). Examples of these typological differences between L1 and L2 include verbal and nominal complexity in a number of morphosyntactic constructions.

This study seeks to expand on this work and further probe the influence of the first language on the development of the second by examining the L2 Spanish of L1 Korean and L1 English speakers. The research questions include: Does the syntactic complexity of learners of the same proficiency level differ according to the L1? If so, how? This study contributes to the research base on syntactic complexity as an index of L2 development and responds to calls to expand study populations in L2 Spanish research beyond native English speakers (e.g., Long & Geeslin, 2018). Findings further suggest that differences in L2 Spanish development among L1 speakers of different languages should be considered when planning instruction.

Presenter
Raegeom Lee is a PhD student of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota. Her specialization is in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Specifically, she is very interested in the perception of verbal irony in advanced-level SLA. 

This presentation is cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.

 

Reclaiming Land and Languages: A Games-Based Learning Approach for the Indigenous Community

Thursday, October 27, 2022
12:20 p.m.–1:10 p.m. (Central Time)
In person: University International Center 101

Online: Register here for the Zoom link 

Drawing from the indigenous reclamation research, decolonized literature, and cultural ecology for indigenous people, this research seeks to understand the indigenous community-based game design approaches to reclaim relationships with land and languages. The study examined games as pedagogies for the Ojibwe learners through multimodal language learning strategies while advocating for community-based participatory research to restore relationships with the indigenous community. Based on this approach, the researchers explored how a games-based approach fosters reclaiming Ojibwe relationships between land and language learning that connects the humans with the more-than-humans.
 
Research results provide suggestions for the indigenous community to adopt multimodal approaches in learning to reduce gaps in reclaiming relationships. The study also offers a framework for indigenous knowledge development through games that engages the elements of the land that can be helpful to those who need to observe the possibilities of such connections and for future educators to rethink games-based pedagogies as a way of bridging land with language.

Presenters
Jurana Aziz is a PhD student of Second Language Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota focused on indigenous language revitalization and cultural inclusion in language education.  She previously worked as a researcher for the indigenous Sadri community in Bangladesh
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Mary "Fong" Hermes is Professor of Second Language Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. For over 25 years she has been involved in the Ojibwe language reclamation movement and her research encompasses the indigenous language revitalization to connect land with languages.

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


#YouAreWhatYouTweet: Decoding Speaker Identity & Fricative Epithesis on French-Language Twitter

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
12:20 p.m.–1:10 p.m. (Central Time)
In person: University International Center 101

Online: Register here for the Zoom link 

Phrase-final fricative epithesis (PFFE) is a sociophonetic phenomenon in Continental French (=from France) in which utterance-final vowels lose their voicing and give way to intense fricative-like whistles, e.g., mais oui_hhh (Fónagy, 1989). Although readily observed in the speech of both native speakers and second-language learners, the variable’s percepts remain somewhat elusive. This study uses a matched-guise task to establish PFFE’s perceptual values among native and second-language French speakers and determines what sociolinguistic characteristics of the listener influence these perceptions. The findings are then compared to a 2060-token Twitter corpus of PFFE occurrences to illustrate the ways in which the variable’s life on Twitter both corroborates previous perception findings and provides evidence of a more iconic, more structurally permissive life on Twitter, conditioned by the creative digital vernacular writing style popular to the medium. Suggestions are offered for raising language learners’ awareness of and competence in decoding sociophonetic phenomena, particularly those with complex multimodal behaviors. 

Presenter
Amanda Dalola is Director of the Language Center and Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Minnesota. Her current research projects include the production, perception, and digital media renderings of sociophonetic variables and speech styles in French and Korean, the use of social media applications in the language learning classroom, and the use of translanguaging and open educational resources as open educational practices.

This presentation is cosponsored by the Language Center and the Department of Linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts.

 

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.


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!

Check out CARLA's Saturday workshops offered to language educators during the fall:

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!



Learner Feedback for Language Growth

Saturday, October 8, 2022
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

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

How can teacher feedback directly influence learners’ language growth? The key to evaluating language and providing impactful feedback is a deep understanding of the performance domains and indicators. After exploring the ACTFL Interpersonal and Presentational language performance indicators at the Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, workshop participants will have the opportunity to evaluate world language learner samples at the middle through high school level. Working together, participants will determine feedback that highlights what learners can do and that nurtures hope, builds efficacy, and promotes growth.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • identify performance indicators for the interpersonal/presentational modes;
  • assess a learner’s performance using the given indicators; and
  • provide learner feedback to encourage growth.

Presenters:
Karen Nickel
is a consultant and coach for World Language and K-12 educators. She recently served as a peer coach in the Wayzata Public Schools (MN). As an educator for 34 years, she has experience teaching Novice - Advanced German and as a world language curriculum coordinator. She was the 2021 president of the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC) and continues to serve on the MCTLC board.
Sarah Strauss is a National Board Certified Teacher in World Languages. She is currently a Spanish teacher at Minnetonka High School as well as an Adjunct Professor at Normandale Community College (MN). She has experience teaching Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced language learners, including Spanish immersion.

Target Audience: This workshop is designed specifically for World Language and Cultures teachers using examples from middle and high school learners. Educators at other levels can benefit from the workshop if they are comfortable extrapolating from the examples provided.

The workshop will explore the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements at the Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels that are specifically focused on the needs of WL learners rather than ESL learners.

 

Leading K-12 Language Programs in Minnesota:
The Ten Things Language Program Coordinators Need to Know

Saturday, December 3, 2022
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

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

In this workshop, Minnesota language program coordinators will learn the three “whys” and seven “hows” leaders need to know when they are administering English Language (EL), World Language (WL), or Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs. These key principles will support language program coordinators in creating a comprehensive, student-centered language program that is research-based, rooted in best practice, engages families, and is focused on equity. Resources and learning activities will be differentiated for participants’ different roles and program models.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • describe key research, legislation, and advocacy goals related to their EL, WL, or DLI language program in Minnesota;
  • implement and evaluate their program models and curriculum resources;
  • attract, mentor, and coach teachers on instructional strategies and assessment practices for language acquisition; and
  • identify the key principles in creating a comprehensive, student-centered language program that is research-based, rooted in best practice, engages families, and is focused on equity.

Presenters:
Ayumi Stockman is the World Languages Education Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education. Prior to joining MDE in 2020, Ms. Stockman worked as an ESL and Japanese language teacher, a federal grant program coordinator for Arabic and Chinese programs, and the world language education specialist in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) for nearly 20 years. While at MPS, she supported various language programs including heritage languages, American Indian languages, and ASL by leading curriculum development, professional development, and language program design.
Amy Young is the EL Education Specialist for School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education. Dr. Young has worked with language leaders from all over the state on school improvement around multilingual learning. She also teaches workshops and courses at a number of top institutions including the University of Minnesota and New York University. Previously she has worked as a Minnesota building principal, Director of Teaching and Learning, District EL Coordinator, and ESL/Immersion/Spanish teacher.

Target Audience: This workshop is designed exclusively for language program coordinators of ESL, world language, and dual language immersion programs in K-12 Minnesota schools. The workshop is not appropriate for coordinators from outside Minnesota or from postsecondary contexts.




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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